- Jan 8, 2008
- Colorful Colorado
When I bought my P345 and started shooting again I naturally started back reloading. I figured I'd need a progressive press to feed that varmit so I bought a Lee Pro 1000. This was great as long as I was "In Love" with my new pistol. The Pro 1000, once set up, WILL crank em out in a hurry and does a nice job too. Now as my passions cooled a bit I started thinking about reloading for my .357 again so I bought all the stuff I'd need to convert the press. After looking at what I'd have to go through I blew that idea off and just bought a second Pro 1000. This worked out ok except my loading area is on the small side so I have to unbolt one press and install the other. What ends up happening is I never get around to switch them. Now I am loading for an SKS 7.62x39. I'm doing this on my single stage press......There has to be a better way! So I am seriously thinking on selling off the two Pro 1000's and buying a turret press. I really don't need the output of a progressive press anyway. The truth of the matter is if you shoot one load and need a lot of them you can't beat a progressive. On the other hand if you want to tweak your charges or load diffrent bullets with diffrent charges the progressive can be a pain in the Buttkis. Lee's Clasic Turret is starting to call my name. Changing calibers on a turret is soooo much easier and playing with seating depth and powder charge weights has got to be a thousand times easier too. I guess the point of all this is, that you really need to think through your long term needs and goals before you jump in to a progressive press. It might take me a bit longer to crank out 100 rounds on a turret press but I really don't need to make 500 rounds in an evening either. It sure seems to make a lot of sense to me at this point.