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Ok I really want to get into the reloading process. What would you guys recomend. I am lean to the turret for now and if I really get into maybe up grade to the progressive.
 

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I bought the Lee Deluxe Turret kit over three years ago now and load 38 Special/357 Magnum/44 Magnum and 45 ACP. Eventually I'll get into rifle calibers and expect that the turret will do it all for me. It was economical to buy, built to last and it's fast enough for me to produce the ammo I need and slow enough that I have been able to prevent errors.

The Reloading section has a lot of good history and knowledge of the reloading equipment and processes. Maybe buy a manual first to get the background and some load tables and go from there. You will not regret getting into the process of manufacturing your own ammunition!
 

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Ok I really want to get into the reloading process. What would you guys recomend. I am lean to the turret for now and if I really get into maybe up grade to the progressive.
I would recommend a single stage though I started full bore with 2 Lee Pro 1000 a progressive due to available at a great price. I am going very slow and have 4 great books I'm in the process of reading from cover to cover plus some great videos to also go by. If I had a choice without the progressive to start I was leaning toward the turret myself. Oh and I still plan on getting a single stage press soon as there are a few things it does really well and worth the money for.
 

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thanks, Thats what I was thinking its a good price at Cabellas. I know everyone says go with the turret as a beginner. I think that what I will do it will work out just fine. My only thing nw is do I get the press or I was eyeballin a .38 that's a good price. I guess which ever feels right at the time is first. hopefully followed by the other soon after.
 

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If you really want to work single stage, you can take out the indexing rod on the Lee Turret and the die will stay front and center to perform single operation to your heart's content. That's what the attraction was for me as I felt that I wanted to move slowly at first as I learned.

I never have operated it as a single stage yet as each operation is performed right in front of you and with good lighting you'll see everything from the resizing to the powder drop and seating process.

The benefit is that you won't handle the same case 3 or 4 times as in a single stage operation (but you can if you want when you start loading rifle) and the other plus is that operations aren't happening on the sides simultaneously as in a progressive.
 

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I own, use and gladly recommend the Lee CLASSIC (not Deluxe) model 4-hole turret.

The Classic has the improved spent primer recover system (clear tube), a more substantial ram and linkages and is made of steel not aluminum. At a very relaxed pace I'm churning out 150-175 rounds per hour in the four pistol calibers I presently reload. Spare turrets are VERY affordable - like all Lee gear - and I have one set up with the dies installed for each caliber. I store them in those round red clear plastic containers.
 
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Ok I really want to get into the reloading process. What would you guys recomend. I am lean to the turret for now and if I really get into maybe up grade to the progressive.
There is some really informative reloading videos on Youtube, I bought the Lee Classic Turret Press Kit.
I noticed that some of the Lee kits will include a 2nd Edition reloading manual, some don't depending on where you buy it, that's something you should take note of because you will need one.
 

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I own, use and gladly recommend the Lee CLASSIC (not Deluxe) model 4-hole turret.
Randy, you are correct with the choice of the Classic and if I were doing it again I would have selected that design. I am not concerned with the durability of the cast aluminum(?) base over the cast iron of the classic or the long term usage of the ram or linkage. The primer recovery where the Deluxe catches them inside of the base is a PITA and I still have yet to drill out my bench to let them escape below.

The main reason that I bought the Deluxe was that it was the only turret bundled as a kit at the time. Now the Classic is also found in kits and is priced just a little higher than the Deluxe.
 

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Ok I really want to get into the reloading process. What would you guys recomend. I am lean to the turret for now and if I really get into maybe up grade to the progressive.
I agree with your thought process!
after all there is a reason that when one desides hey i want to be a pilot that the training doesn't start with a F-22 Raptor but usually a single engined prop driven aircraft, same is true with driving, generally one does not begin to lean to drive in a 18 wheeler.
learn the relodaing system then amke the change if you feel the need.
i have never felt the need myself but thats just my feelings.
 

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To correct the problem with the spent primers dropping below the press base, i simply drilled 2 large holes under the press, placed a clear plastic rubbermade bin under the press and can likely pop out about a million primers before it needs to be emptied, although due to weight i empty it every say couple thousand or so primers in it.
 

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To correct the problem with the spent primers dropping below the press base, i simply drilled 2 large holes under the press, placed a clear plastic rubbermade bin under the press and can likely pop out about a million primers before it needs to be emptied, although due to weight i empty it every say couple thousand or so primers in it.
Yep...I've yet to do that as I am sometimes very lazy, but my main excuse for that bit of procrastination is that I am looking for a small plastic tub with metal brackets which will secure it to the bottom of the bench and allow the bin to slide out to empty the primers. I think that if it's right under the press that there's a better chance they will all be caught in the bin. For now I just use my wet/dry vac with the hepa filter to pull them out of the base when it gets filled.
 

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I kind of like the sound of a couple dozen spent primers falling out of the holes and landing in the bin below the loading bench, sounds like I hit the jack pot at the casino playing the one armed bandits!
the primers will kind of build up under the press and then later on when i am say seating bullets or something they will fall out!
I am trying to figure out a way to put some bells under it and maybe a few lights to complete the effect!
 

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Bubblehead - one more thing to think about as you make your choice. The Pro 100 is a three station press and the turret (Deluxe or Classic) is 4 hole unless you find an older 3-hole turret used. I may be in the minority but I really think the FCD is the way to go, and that takes a fourth station.

I agree with others that unless you plan to load hundreds of rounds per week the turret is plenty fast and much easier to keep track of the operations as they occur. Personally, I like to finish one cartridge at a time instead of batching operations as you do with a single stage press (my manufacturing background just tells me it is the right way to do things) and both the turret and progressives do that. With a good light and the right powder I can visually confirm a powder drop for every cartridge, which is my biggest concern. I have sometimes thought it would be nice to get a cartridge with every pull of the handle instead of with 4 pulls, but then I think how strong my right arm is getting after about 3500 rounds ;)
 

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I started with a Pro1000 and soon added a single stage press for larger caliber rifle cartridges. Now I'm up to 2 Pro1000s and the single stage. If I were starting over, I'd probably start out with the Load Maste. There's a bit more going on at once, but I would like the flexability of having the FCD.

Whatever you decide, go nice and slow to start, get an accurate scale, and get a bullet puller. If you're not happy with the press you initally choose, they hold their value so you'd be able to sell it for nearly what you paid. So you won't be out a bunch of $$$ if you change your mind.
 

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I would say go with the turret. I started with a single stage and still have it to load rifle rounds. However, after loading about 1,000 9mm cases I bought the 4 hole turret. It cuts my load time down considerably.
 
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