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Picking Out First Press

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I've been saving for my first reloading press and want some opinions. On one hand I'm thinking about buying a nice single stage press just to learn on. On the other hand I'm thinking about buying a progressive because just knowing me I'll probably wind up with one later anyway. I know some of you guys have both and eventually I'll probably end up with both also but I'm actually leaning towards buying a Hornady Lock and load to learn on. I've watched some online videos and having almost everything I need at one station seems nice. Am I over looking something obvious or should I buy the single stage first.
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I agree with Doug- I have been loading on a Dillion 550B for years (used to load rifle as well) while it loads very accurate rounds at high volume for pistol, it does only ok for rifle IMO. Having said that it loads a more accurate rifle round that i could find in factory ammo. Now I use only a pair of RCBS rockchuckers for my rifle loading.
I think a single stage press with the best dies you can afford is the best set up for rifle loading.
I actually started out on the dillion to learn to reload. Just read the instructions and understand the process and go slow at first. For what it sounds like you are wanting a progressive press will be a good fit for you.
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