I started out using a Rock Chucker, but our trips to the pistol range soon oustripped my loading speed.
I decided to try a turret press and really liked it, no more batches.
After more than a year of using the turret I decided to try a progressive, and looked at all the manufacturers, including Dillon.
I choose the RCBS Pro 2000 since I load a variety of calibers and need to change a lot. I usually load a little over 200 rounds of each caliber after Betty and I make a trip to the range. We normally shoot .45ACP, .40 S&W, 9mm, 357SIG, or occasionally .45AR. Once in a while I take my 30 Carbine and we have ordered a 458 SOCOM, both are capable of creating a lot of brass to be reloaded. The Dillon looks good but its a problem to convert calibers, you need to dedicate a press to each caliber and thats a problem for me in both dollars and space.
I was thinking these pages and pics were to help folks starting out (neophytes), but there might be a little information here for non-neophyte (does that mean a phyte??). I have come to really like my RCBS turret press. I set up a turret, tweak the dies to get the settings just right, then when I change calibers, I just change the turret, move the Uniflow over, reset the charge and I'm loading. I always spot check OAL, and of course the charge. I only change seating depth when I change bullet style. One of the keenest things I've done is using the Case Activated linkage (Hornady), I even use their expander powder dies but I have to polish them so they work smoother. I'm currently looking at the RCBS Case Activatd Powder Measure linkage and their expander dies even though they are much more limited in calibers, the ones I do a lot of might make it worth while if I can buy the powder die separately. NOTE: The RCBS Case Activatd Powder Drop is OK if you really need an extra hole but it isn't nearly as good as the RCBS expander dies that come with their carbide die sets.
|Case Activated Powder Drop Die on a Turret Press.|
|Deprime Resizing Step|
|Dies in general|
|Factory Crimp Die|
|Loading the 357 Sig|
|Loading the 9mm Luger (with "Bullet Setting Roll"|
|Loading the .45 ACP (also with "Bullet Setting Roll"|
|Loading the .458 Socom <<========= Coming Soon|
|Pro 2000 Information|
|Turret Loading Sequence|