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Old September 12, 2000, 05:23 PM   #1
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I have been using an old CH single stage press for some time but want to up grade to a Progressive loader. I have seen a lot of good comments here on the Dillon and the RCBS, but not much on the Hornady if any.

I have Hornady dies already. What would be the advantage not to buy a Hornady Lock-N-Load Auto Progressive #095100 for $302.50

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Old September 12, 2000, 08:13 PM   #2
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I had two of there very early progressives. The indexing was, well, unsound. I would prefer either of the other two, particularly the new RCBS.
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Old September 13, 2000, 12:34 AM   #3
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I've been using a Dillon XL650 for about four years now. Can't say enough good about it.

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Old September 13, 2000, 10:41 AM   #4
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They have great products and you cant find another warrantee that is half as good.

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Old September 13, 2000, 03:21 PM   #5
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I can't say anything about Hornady and RCBS, because I don't own them. I really and happy with my Dillon 550B though! BTW, I like the manual indexing, and I noticed that the RCBS 2000 uses it too.
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Old September 13, 2000, 08:00 PM   #6
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I have the Hornady Lock-N-Load Auto Progressive as my first entre into reloading and have reloaded about 4600 rounds. I went for the L-N-L as it has many of the features of the Dillon 650 for the price of a 550b. In this case, after lusting after the Hornady for almost a year I happened by the Hornady on sale for $250.

I like the versitility of five stations and an consistent powder measure that can be used in any one of three different stations, the auto indexing and the fact that the old primers go where you want them to go (there is no container to overload). I can easily do 100 rounds in 16 minutes, then stop to refill the primer tube, etc. But then I don't rush things.

Once I learned to keep the priming system free of extaneous powder, all has been good. Main problem has been with the RCBS resizing die and having to replace the primer punch out pin.

I use the RCBS lock out die in the station after the powder measure, so the system locks up if a case comes by with no powder or a double charge. The die does sometimes jams up--probably needs more consistent cleaning--but has been a life saver when I got tired and dumb.

With an automatic case and bullet feed, I will have achieved Nirvana. Just can't afford that yet.
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