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Old September 9, 2012, 02:09 AM   #26
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When I loaded everything on a single stage press, my limiting factor in batch size was the step between charging the case and seating the bullet. You would think that it would be simple to expand the batch size by getting more case blocks, and I tried that. But for some reason the physical constraints of the small reloading space limited the batches to around 200 or so, anything more and the spilled powder wasn't worth it. I suppose I could have got a folding table to organize the filled blocks, but I just bought a progressive instead.
My admittedly somewhat old RCBS powder measure came with a flat bar to mount the measure to a bench with clamps or under the lock ring of a die. So the step is charge and seat (throwing a check charge every so often). No limitation on loading blocks.

I'll often go as far as seating primers and then store the brass "for later".
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Old September 9, 2012, 06:40 AM   #27
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After all the posts, I have decided to buy a lee classic turret rather than finish saving for my dillon 650. Such a price difference, I know, I know, you get what you paid for but lee doesnt look shabby.
This is exactly how I started too, and looking back I wouldn't have started any other way. It certainly isn't shabby. It's simple, sturdy, and is something you can pass down to your kids someday. It will easily let you load over 100 rounds per hour, so a cheaper progressive doesn't really add much benefit in the scheme of things. It's also very quick to change calibers if you have the dies already set up on extra turrets. The only spare parts you really need to have on hand is some extra decapping pins and some of the square plastic washer thingies.

I eventually did get the Dillon XL650 and a case feeder for loading 9mm, but my classic cast still sits right beside it on the same bench, and to this day I still use it all the time for all kinds of tasks. If I lost it, I'd buy another one tomorrow even though I own a Dillon.
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