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Old 05-02-2019, 08:40 AM
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I have put off a couple years getting a new press and since I have been reloading more it is getting pushed to the front of the list again. I have used my old single stage Herters for over 30 yrs and they still work perfectly but I would really like to get a press that holds multiple dies and preferably a plate to leave them in. Any recommendations, Redding, Hornady, Forster or what? Hate to spend over $250 for the press but maybe I will have to adjust. I also am not afraid to Buy a used one as I am sure I can look at it and figure out if it is in good enough shape for what I do. I have always really liked the looks of the Redding but am open to looking at others.

If you have any suggestions let me know. Thanks
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The Redding Turret Press is a good one.
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I have a Lyman turret press, has worked well, I bought 2 extra turrets when I bought the press so it worked out well for me. Now I have a 550B for .38, .45 and 9 mm but I still use the Lyman for test loads and for rifle loading. Dillon sells the 550 basic that is used like a single stage turret press, it's 289.99. You might consider it, it can be converted to a 550C at a later date if you decide you want a progressive.
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Good idea
Ive had, and been satisfied with, the Lee 3 hole turret press since soon after they came out decades ago. Some years back they went to a 4 hole.
What a joy to set up a dieset and swap 'em out!
The Lee is not the most heavy duty so for doing the hard jobs (like case forming) I have my old Rockchucker sgl stage, just as you will have your Herters.
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I have a Redding T-7. Quite the machine. . . I only have one plate for it though.
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I use a Lee 4 hole turret press and have a separate disk for each caliber. Changing calibers is about a ten second job. You can use it with or without auto indexing. I use the auto indexing for straight walled pistol cartridges. For rifle cartridges I disconnect it, essentially creating a single stage press, but since the dies stay in the disc they are already set up for each part of the process.

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Smile Harrell

Simply the best turret press you can get, and still reasonably priced: http://harrellsprec.com/index.php/pr...-henry-harrell

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The Redding Turret Press is a good one.


Also, though a single stage, the Forster Co Ax is a great press that offers fast die changes and has the added benefit of not needing multiple different shell holders.
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It's hard to beat the Dillon equipment. I have had my 550 for years and it still works perfectly. There powder measures are excellent as well.
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"Also, though a single stage, the Forster Co Ax is a great press that offers fast die changes and has the added benefit of not needing multiple different shell holders".

I agree, and it sets a primer to the exact proper depth every time. I can change a die in less than 5 seconds.
Best primmer collection system in the business.



The is my whole set up. Nice and compact.
The pistol loading tray is sitting on a drawer. When I load rifle rounds, the drawer is closed and the Harrells Schuetzen / Pistol Measure is placed here.



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But really, That IS Sweet!
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Thanks, it is pretty cool. I replaced the original MDF top with Jatoba (super hard wood), and added a light bar and power strip.

But back to the OP's question, the Forster can probably remove and swap in a new die just as fast as you can rotate a head.

They self center and you can mix and match brands.
I have Redding dies, but a Lee de-capper.

It's also exerts a massive force due to its arm design. I can resize a case with 2 fingers on the handle.

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Iíve got to say thatís one organized setup! Far too organized for me!


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I learned on a RCBS Rock Chucker but my grandfather who taught me also had a Lyman turret press and hand press. I still have all those old presses. The only time the RCBS will ever get used is for reforming cases. I havenít done that in years. Make that decades.

I had one of the original, early Dillon 550s. I didnít set it up for years and when I tried, it was full of many 450 parts that wouldnít work. Dillon is so good I just dropped off all the old parts and they set it up.

I went to a Dillon 1050 when I started loading a bunch of 223/5.56. Loading military brass is a bi*** without the built in primer pocket swager.

Dillon is hard to beat.

The 650 wasnít available when I got my 550. I have bought more. Today, I would start with the 650.
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I am very pleased with the Lee Classic Cast 4-hole press. I have 10 extra turrets set up with rifle and pistol dies. I can fit two sets of rifle dies per turret and one set of pistol dies. Swapping out is a snap and the dies stay adjusted properly.
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