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We are often asked, “Which reloading press is best?” The answer depends on a number of factors. We suggest you should make your choice according to need first and price second. Consider the type and amount of shooting you do, then use the following guide to help make your choice. 

Lee Precision Breech Lock Hand PressHand presses like the original Lee Loader and the Lee Precision Breech Lock Hand Press Only (shown at right) are great for loading limited quantities of specialized ammunition. Small and easy to pack, they provide a convenient way to test a wide variety of loads at the range. You can fairly quickly load three rounds, test fire them, load three more rounds with a different powder charge, test fire them and so on. Then compare the results from all your test batches to zero in on your perfect load. However, loading box after box of your favorite ammo with a hand press is not our idea of fun. 

Single station presses will load nearly any cartridge. Cartridges are loaded in a batch process during which, for example, 20 cases are deprimed and sized then the die changed to seat bullets in those 20 prepared cases. This die changing process can be sped up dramatically by using a press like the Lee Precision Breech Lock Challenger  which is equipped with the innovative Lee Precision Breech lock quick-change die system. The Lee Precision Breech lock system, inspired by big guns, allows changing dies with only a 1/6 of a turn rather than the tradition method which requires many complete turns to change dies. Lee Precision`s Lee Precision Breech Lock Bushing (2) allow any standard reloading dies to be used in a Lee Precision Breech lock equipped press. A single station press is the best choice for most rifle calibers especially for large calibers like .50 BMG. And for a beginner, the simplicity and reliability of a single station press outweighs all other considerations.

Lee Precision 4 Hole Turret Turret PressTurret presses offer near single station simplicity with much higher production rates. With a little practice, most reloaders can approach the speed of typical progressive presses. Since all the required dies are mounted on a turret, there is no need to change dies between each operation resulting in considerable time savings. On most models the turret advances to the next station automatically saving even more time. With every four pulls of the lever, a completed round is produced. A Turret Press is a great choice for moderate handgun ammunition production. When equipped with an Lee Precision Auto Disk Powder Measure, turret press production rates of 250 rounds an hour are easily achievable. And by deactivating the Auto index feature you can batch reload the longest rifle cartridges. Changing calibers on a turret press is a snap, just twist and exchange the turret, snap in a new shell holder and you`re ready to load a new caliber. Since the turrets are so inexpensive we recommend you buy a separate turret for each caliber you plan to reload and keep each turret set up with the appropriate dies. The Lee Precision Die Box Round Red is a great way to store your pre-set up turrets and dies.

When you`re ready to upgrade from your trusty single station press, a turret press like the Lee Precision 4 Hole Turret Turret Press with Auto Index (shown at left) is the next logical step.

Progressive presses are primarily designed for very high production of handgun cartridges. Add a bullet and pull the lever all other operations are automatic. We suggest you should select a Progressive Press like Lee Precision`s Load Master  and Pro 1000 if you are shooting more than 500 rounds a week, are somewhat experienced reloading ammunition with a single station or turret press and don`t plan to reload a wide variety of calibers since change over from cartridge to cartridge can be involved. If you are loading limited quantities of many different cartridges a Turret Press is a more practical choice. But if you need to crank out 1,000 rounds of your favorite ammo for your next IPSC competition or Cowboy Action meet, there is no substitute for a finely tuned progressive press.

 


Frankford Arsenal Platinum Series Reloading Stand

Frankford Arsenal Platinum Series Reloading Stand

The Frankford Arsenal Platinum Reloading Stand is a must have for anyone with limited space. The tab..

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Frankford Arsenal Spare bin for reloading stand

Frankford Arsenal Spare bin for reloading stand

The Frankford Arsenal Portable Reloading Stand Bins are waterproof and oil and chemical resistant. T..

$5.19

Hornady Powder Cop Die

Hornady Powder Cop Die

Install on your progressive press after the powder drop station to automatically check dropped charg..

$32.79

Lee Precision 12 Gauge Load All II

Lee Precision 12 Gauge Load All II

Lee Precision 12 Gauge Load-All II includes 24 shot and powder bushings, bolts, crimp starters, safe..

$53.99

Lee Precision 12 Gauge Load All Nobel 2 3/4

Lee Precision 12 Gauge Load All Nobel 2 3/4

Lee Precision Load-All II Nobel Export is a complete reloading tool for Lee Precision 12 G..

$59.99

Lee Precision 16 Gauge Load All II

Lee Precision 16 Gauge Load All II

Lee Precision Load-All II is a complete reloading tool for 16 gauge with 24 shot and powder bushings..

$53.99

Lee Precision 20 Gauge Load All II

Lee Precision 20 Gauge Load All II

Lee Precision 20 Gauge Load All IIThere is a bewildering variety of shot shell reloaders available o..

$53.99

Lee Precision 3 Hole Turret

Lee Precision 3 Hole Turret

The Lee 3-Hole Extra Turret is great for those who want the utmost convenience without removing the ..

$9.99

Lee Precision 4 Hole Turret

Lee Precision 4 Hole Turret

Lee Precision Aluminum 4-hole Turret for quick caliber change for the 4-Hole Turret Press and Classi..

$10.59

Lee Precision 4 Hole Turret Press with Auto Index

Lee Precision 4 Hole Turret Press with Auto Index

The Lee Precision 4-hole Turret Press with Auto Index has a Proven design with compound leverag..

$83.99

Lee Precision 4 Hole Update Kit with Auto Index

Lee Precision 4 Hole Update Kit with Auto Index

Lee 4-Hole Turret Update Kit with Auto Index includes everything needed to convert a 3-Hole Turret P..

$23.19

Lee Precision 5 Hole Turret

Lee Precision 5 Hole Turret

Lee Precision Aluminum 5-hole Turret with 20 locking lugs. Takes seconds to change on the Lee Load M..

$11.79

Lee Precision Adjustable Shot Dipper

Lee Precision Adjustable Shot Dipper

The Lee Precision Adjustable Shot Dipper accurately measures lead, bismuth and steel. Works great fo..

$3.89

Lee Precision Auto Index Hex Ratchet

Lee Precision Auto Index Hex Ratchet

Lee Precision Replacement Hex Ratchets for the 3-Hole Turret Press and Pro 1000...

$1.49

Lee Precision Bench Plate

Lee Precision Bench Plate

The Lee Precision Bench Plate allows press removal without unbolting from bench. Includes a steel ba..

$23.99

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