I don't have a progressive press, I have a "regressive" press, one die at a time. My procedure is to set the primed, empty case on a digital balance and set the tare weight, drop the powder, then weigh it again to see how much powder got loaded; if it meets specification the bullet is seated right away, if not it's dumped back into the powder measure and recharged; either way the bullet seated immediately after charging, one at a time.
I don't separate dropping the powder and seating the bullet into stages, dropping powder and seating the bullet are one stage. If I get interrupted after dropping the charge and before seating the bullet, the case gets dumped back in the powder measure right away; when I return to reloading I begin with dropping the powder again.
A case on the bench in a loading block is either primed and empty, or completely done.
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