My plan is to reload 9mm, .32 for now. The gunshop/Range I goto keeps pushing me to get the square deal. (lifetime warr, but I think lee has the same warr) i have the lee Th edition reloading book and they seem to describe the use of there products better than anything I can find on Dillon. if I go the Dillon route. than i might just spend the extra 200 for the 550. I do not know, Just don't want to have buyers remorse when it gets here.. If I am gonna spend the money I just want to be sure that I dont need to upgrade sooner than later.Actually, my new Lee Loadmaster for 45 auto just came in. Can't wait to get it set up and cranking ammo.
I use a RockChucker for all my other low volume ammo. What are you going to load and at what volume? That really is the determining factor in press selection IMHO.
you are correct the square deal only does pistol loads. Is a progressive press that much more to look after? vs a single stageIf I remember correctly, the Square Deal will only do pistol calibers. I wanted to be able to reload rifle calibers at some point.....so after looking at Cabelas, I bought the Hornady Lock N Load Classic kit. Came with the press, powder measure, digital scale, and some other tools. So far I've been very happy with it, and it only cost me $299 on sale. I think they're now about $325 but there is a rebate of 500 185 grain XTP bullets if you buy in 2012.
Go look and buy the press that works best for you. I'd stick to single stage until you're comfortable with moving on to a progressive.....but some guys never move on, they enjoy the single stage too much.
You are correct. Also I believe the Classic has a longer stroke. Here is the link. Turret Press - Lee Precision I have the Classic and have reloaded a few thousand 9s, .380s, and .40s on it. I wish I had bought it sooner. I have the Breech Lock Challenger for rifle rounds. I don't think you can get more for your money with Lee products.I believe cast iron and Aluminum construction, but you might want to double check that!