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Old 11-15-2020, 05:41 PM
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I was at Bass Pro yesterday, I wanted some case lube and decided to browse the reloading section. I stumbled on a guy looking at a Hornady press kit and we talked for a while. He was getting it for his son as a present and was wondering if it was a good deal (he and his son had no experience in reloading). Since I am relatively new to reloading, only a couple of years and lots of discussions here and with a coworker who has been reloading for close to 40 years, it appears that he was comfortable with getting the single stage kit instead of the progressive next to it, I explained the difference between the two. I did stress that it is important to understand each step of the process and the single stage press helps develop that and minimizes the potential for a big oops.

As a side note I also let him know that now is not the optimum time to get into reloading as most everything is hard and expensive to get.
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Old 11-15-2020, 05:55 PM
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Good for you to give such advice. A single stage is far better for a beginner and one will never outgrow a single stage even if he advances to something more sophisticated. There is always a place for a single stage machine.
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Old 11-15-2020, 06:32 PM
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I started with a single-stage press, and the last round I ever load will probably be on that same Herter's Model 3 press.
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Old 11-15-2020, 06:38 PM
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I have a single-stage Lee that I have been using for about 8 years. It's been a great press. My Father recently upgraded to a Lyman turret press with all the bells and whistles, but I like my Lee and plan to keep using it.

Good advice though to the prospective buyer!
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Old 11-15-2020, 06:55 PM
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If they just now getting into reloading I suspect that press will sit collecting dust for quite some time since no primers can be found.
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Old 11-16-2020, 01:13 AM
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I used to think the ss press was the way to start, hell I started that way. Today though, we have better choices. A good turret press is almost twice as fast & can be used as a ss press to learn.
The other choice is a Dillon 550C. It can be used as a ss press too or more like an inverted turret. So I have no qualms about recommending a progressive for a new reloader that is loading mostly handgun ammo.
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