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First Time Progressive Loading

First Time Progressive Loading

Progressive presses are designed for experienced reloaders, and shooters who go through several hundred rounds per week. Unlike a single stage loader, a progressive press causes many things to occur at the same time and because of this, there are many more things to monitor.

There is no reason you can't start with a progressive press, but unless you go through over 200 rounds per week a progressive press is not really necessary. The Turret press is both less expensive and easier to set up, and (once set up) will reload up to 200 rounds an hour in experienced hands. Setting up a progressive press requires patience and attention to detail.

The Anniversary kit and the Deluxe Turret press kit both contain the basic elements for a complete set up. Just order the die set or sets that correspond to the cartridges you wish to reload, and for rifle cartridges, a case length gauge/shell holder to maintain correct case length. The shell holder needed for the press to use the dies is included with all Lee Die sets other than RGB.

If you decide on a fully progressive press for your first, we would strongly advise loading one cartridge at a time until you are completely familiar with what functions are occurring at every station. Once you clearly understand the mechanics involved, then you can begin loading a new case with every stroke and be at "full tilt".

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