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What is you primary brand of reloading equipment

Lee
44 (42.3%)
RCBS
29 (27.9%)
Hornady
5 (4.8%)
Lyman
4 (3.8%)
Redding
0 (0%)
Forster
1 (1%)
Other
21 (20.2%)

Total Members Voted: 87

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Offline ModernSurvival

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What is you primary brand of reloading equipment
« on: September 18, 2008, 10:07:55 AM »
Let us know why you choose the one you use most.  I personally choose Lee because I find them to be the most value for the money.  You can get some things with better quality from others but at the price point, Lee does a great job and I got everything for my first three calibers for less then one RCBS press and powder measure.

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Re: What is you primary brand of reloading equipment
« Reply #1 on: September 19, 2008, 03:32:08 PM »
I vote Hornady. I have a RCBS rock chucker press (bought in a kit) and started with their dies, but I just like Hornady dies more.

Lee is affordable and I wont crimp with anything but their crimp dies.

If you are just starting out get a RCBS kit or the equivlent Lee, dont jump headfirst into a progressive press.

Edit: I forgot to add you can get a self contained LEE kit for $20 that will reload one caliber (hammer not included). I got by buddy a .45ACP kit for x-mass and I am hoping he catches the bug.
« Last Edit: September 19, 2008, 03:34:17 PM by ElyasWolff »

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Re: What is you primary brand of reloading equipment
« Reply #2 on: September 19, 2008, 08:41:37 PM »
I have an RCBS Rock Chucker that has taken me through thousands of rounds.  I bought it as a way to learn the basics of reloading and laater step up to a progressive by adding on a piggyback.  I never got there though because I found it was quick enough for my needs as a single stage.  I can load 50-100rds an hour at an easy pace.

And, being frugal, I wanted to buy a quality item the first time.  RCBS met the bill perfectly.  I cannot compare it to any other reloading equipment though because it is the only one I have ever used.

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Re: What is you primary brand of reloading equipment
« Reply #3 on: September 19, 2008, 09:16:28 PM »
You left out Dillon.

I have RCBS now and like it very much, but I'm saving up for a Dillon 550 in the future. I'll run a combination of both. I want the control of looking over my brass after it's been polished and deprimed. Then the speed of loading with the progressive. To me that's the best of both worlds.

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Re: What is you primary brand of reloading equipment
« Reply #4 on: September 21, 2008, 08:08:09 PM »
Mainly I run a MEC 650 Progressive for 12 gauge and a RCBS Rock Chucker.

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Re: What is you primary brand of reloading equipment
« Reply #5 on: September 26, 2008, 07:49:22 AM »
Dillon 550 for pistol calibers and 5.56/.223
Old RCBS Rock Chucker for .308 and .30-06
MEC 650 for 12 Gauge

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Re: What is you primary brand of reloading equipment
« Reply #6 on: September 28, 2008, 06:41:15 AM »
Dillon 550 for pistol and mil-type rifle
MEC jr for 12ga
Lee single stage for slower more precise work.

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Re: What is you primary brand of reloading equipment
« Reply #7 on: September 28, 2008, 11:23:40 AM »
Dillon 550 for 223, 308, 45 and 9mm.  Also have 2 Lee Pro 1000 in both 9 and 45, a Loadmaster setup for .223,  and a Lee Challenger in .308.  One is none, and 2 is one.  Don't think I'll ever kill any of them, tho

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Re: What is you primary brand of reloading equipment
« Reply #8 on: September 28, 2008, 02:39:11 PM »
Got a lee turret press coming in my immediate future. I went with Lee because of their price. They may not be the fanciest or the best but they do put out a round and they do it cheaper than anybody else.

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Re: What is you primary brand of reloading equipment
« Reply #9 on: October 07, 2008, 12:18:17 PM »
Progressive presses: Dillon 550B  one for large primers/one for small
Single stage: RCBS and Lee
SG: Lee and Mec
Dies: RCBS, Lee, Hornady

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Re: What is you primary brand of reloading equipment
« Reply #10 on: October 13, 2008, 09:51:59 AM »
I use them all and they all have their places.

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Re: What is you primary brand of reloading equipment
« Reply #11 on: October 13, 2008, 07:24:27 PM »
I use a Lee press, scale, priming tool & powder measure.
 
I have a couple of sets of Lee dies but mostly RCBS.

When loading rounds for a rifle match I trickle and weigh each powder charge.

Sure it takes me a little while longer, but I use the time to listen to a podcast.  :)

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Re: What is you primary brand of reloading equipment
« Reply #12 on: October 13, 2008, 08:19:28 PM »
I use a Dillon 550 to load 6 different calibers.

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Re: What is you primary brand of reloading equipment
« Reply #13 on: October 16, 2008, 07:24:15 PM »
I use a Dillon 550 for 45 Colt, 45 Schofield, .243 Win, .270 Win, 30-06, 38/357, and 44-40 (44WCF).
I have a RCBS RC for my .303, 7.62x54R, 32S&W, 38S&W, and probably a few more that I am forgetting.
I was using the Lee Challenger, but found the RCBS at a gun show for a song. The Lee is still on the bench, but only gets used for menial tasks now, like priming/depriming.
I have a Cabelas brand electronic scale, that is much nicer than any beam scale I have used. Much faster to get accurate wieghts, and the unit conversion is handy for coins, and the like.
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Re: What is you primary brand of reloading equipment
« Reply #14 on: October 17, 2008, 02:54:30 PM »
I have a Lee Turret and a Lee "C" press.  I originally purchased the equipment to pull M2 Ball bullets from .30-06 M2 Ball surplus and replace with softpoints/hollowpoints for hunting with an M1 Garand (that I no longer own).  But, I have been picking up my brass for some time now so that I can begin reloading my other calibers.  223 Rem will be the next, just need to pick up a set of 223 dies and some Varget & primers and I should be ready to go. 

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Re: What is you primary brand of reloading equipment
« Reply #15 on: October 18, 2008, 03:12:50 AM »
I started with a Lee loader and have bought other Lee presses since.  I use the turrent press for pistol ammo and a single stage for most of my rifle rounds(shooting bolt action)  I also use a Lee press for 12ga but for 16 and 20 ga I pull out Dad's old trusty pacific.(still going strong with the next generation)  It was the one I started with back in the 80's.   :)

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Re: What is you primary brand of reloading equipment
« Reply #16 on: October 18, 2008, 08:37:51 AM »
AAH, yes. I have several Pacific presses too! Great presses, and can usually be had for under 50 bucks. I bought one at a gun show recently for 2.00. Nothin fancy, but it works. I just need to find some 16ga and .410 dies for my pacifics to convert them.
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Re: What is you primary brand of reloading equipment
« Reply #17 on: October 22, 2008, 03:00:06 PM »
I use quite a bit of RCBS gear. They have always treated me well when I have broken something- not that often. Next closest is Dillon, mostly presses but a few sets of dies as well.

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Re: What is you primary brand of reloading equipment
« Reply #18 on: October 23, 2008, 12:59:26 PM »
RCBS but I also plan to try my buddies Dillon.

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Re: What is you primary brand of reloading equipment
« Reply #19 on: October 23, 2008, 04:19:44 PM »
Lee Pro 1000 here for 9 and 40.  I agree that for the price, Lee is a decent set up

Would love to have a Dillon but, figure I can settle for a Loadmaster for my 223's

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Re: What is you primary brand of reloading equipment
« Reply #20 on: November 05, 2008, 05:35:49 PM »
Im running Dillon 550 for pistol and a old RCBS RC for .308 and .223.

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Re: What is you primary brand of reloading equipment
« Reply #21 on: November 06, 2008, 04:31:17 PM »
RCBS Rock Chucker here, but I do use some Lee Dies and other equipment.

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Re: What is you primary brand of reloading equipment
« Reply #22 on: November 06, 2008, 07:13:48 PM »
I had to vote Lyman mostly because of inherited dies and boolit moulds from them. I have some stuff from most of the makes in the poll though.

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Re: What is you primary brand of reloading equipment
« Reply #23 on: November 12, 2008, 05:03:20 PM »
RCBS Rockchucker
RCBS Carbide .45acp dies
Lee .223 dies

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Re: What is you primary brand of reloading equipment
« Reply #24 on: November 19, 2008, 09:15:06 AM »
RCBS Rockchucker

Dies from RCBS, Redding, Hornady, Lee, Lyman, and C-H.

If I had to standardize on one make of die only, I'd go with Redding.

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Re: What is you primary brand of reloading equipment
« Reply #25 on: November 25, 2008, 08:50:57 AM »
I have dillion Square Deal B a mec sizemaster/steelmaster and a lee classic turret press.


the lee press is my hands down favorite.

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Re: What is you primary brand of reloading equipment
« Reply #26 on: November 27, 2008, 10:49:47 AM »
RCBS Rock Chucker for .38, .40, & .223/5.56

MEC 650 for 12 Gauge

Trying to save for a Dillon 550b for the metallics.

Chris

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Re: What is you primary brand of reloading equipment
« Reply #27 on: December 17, 2008, 09:02:43 AM »
Dillon all the way!  Go blue or go home.  You'll spend money on others and then you'll go Dillon.  Plain and simple.  Do it once, and do it right.  I have a 550, 650 and the 1050.  Great machines with a no BS warranty. 

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Re: What is you primary brand of reloading equipment
« Reply #28 on: December 24, 2008, 01:37:44 PM »
Dillon all the way!  Go blue or go home.  You'll spend money on others and then you'll go Dillon.  Plain and simple.  Do it once, and do it right.  I have a 550, 650 and the 1050.  Great machines with a no BS warranty. 

yeah ok calm down dude. congrats you spent $2500 on equipment. you get a cookie.

for the rest of us $1500 for a reloading press is a wee bit too much.


I spent money on others, then I spent money on dillion , and now I am back to other. too many tools required to work with Dillions.

here is a comparison of the loadmaster, the 650 dillon, and the Lock n Load AP:
http://www.comrace.ca/cmfiles/dillonLeeHornadyComparison.pdf

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Re: What is you primary brand of reloading equipment
« Reply #29 on: January 29, 2009, 04:30:13 PM »
My reloading gear...

Lyman Spar-T turret presses (2)
Lee Precision carbide dies
Lyman electronic scale
Lyman digital calipers
Lyman T55 powder measurer
Dillon Super Swage 600
RCBS hand primer