Making Reloads On A Press

Reloading Ammunition
 By Mike Coviello (Tanner)

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Selecting An Ammunition Reloading Press

  
  

Selecting the correct reloading press to reload your used ammunition cases can be a confusing task. There are many factors to consider. How much reloading do you plan to do? What can you afford? How much time do you have? Presses range from simple to complex. Each has its strengths and weaknesses.

 

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TYPES OF RELOADING PRESSES

Single-Stage

Most common, most affordable type of press.

Advantages
Lower cost, best alignment of die & ram, Smaller and lighter, Higher Strength, Low maintenance

Disadvantages
Slow operations (You must change out and adjust dies every time you change calibers).

Turret Single-Stage

Features a multi-station top turret with multiple die stations

Advantages
Faster, multiple dies, allows the use of threaded powder measures (eliminates need for a powder measure stand), low maintenance, moderate cost

Disadvantages
Potential for slight misalignment of die & ram common, increased cost, Not quite as strong as a standard press

Progressive

Much faster loading than single-stage. With each throw of the handle, several operations take place at once.
Station 1 - the shell is resized and de-primed
Station 2 - the shell gets primed, charged with powder and flared at the mouth to accept the bullet
Station 3 - a bullet is placed into the case mouth by hand, then seated
Station 4 - the case is crimped.

Advantages
Fastest way to reload
Disadvantages
Highest cost, High-maintenance, Often proprietary (they may only accept dies and equipment made by the same manufacturer (which may be more expensive and more difficult to obtain)

Hand Press

Hand-held loading are small, portable, easy to use and allow you to load anywhere (such as at the range or out in the boonies).

Advantages
Lowest cost, portable, low maintenance.
Disadvantages
Slow, some take proprietary dies, may require greater strength and be harder to operate due
to greater force required for sizing, etc.

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In Summary:

BUY A SINGLE STAGE
If you have lots of time and little money and don't reload a lot.

BUY A TURRET
If you are a beginner re-loader or do a fair amount of reloading but don't want to spend a lot of time or money.

BUY A PROGRESSIVE
If you reload primarily for pistol, plan to do a lot of it, have plenty of money and little time.

 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Mike Coviello is a former aerospace engineer, now Web Designer/SEO Consultant. Hobbies include shooting zombies & reloading ammunition.
 


 

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RELOADING AMMUNITION

Reloading Equipment
1. Equipment
The Components Of Ammunition
2. Components
Cleaning Brass Cases For Reloading
3. Brass Cases
Making Reloads On A Press
4. Know How