Reloading presses come in two basic styles, single-stage and progressive. Let's touch briefly on both styles so you can choose which one is right for you.

Single-stage presses do one operation at a time. Every major manufacturer of reloading equipment makes a single-stage press and the cost will vary from make to make. One thing you can count on is that the single-stage press will be more affordable than a progressive press. For this reason alone, more singles are sold than progressives and might be the deciding factor for your choice.

Another advantage of the single-stage is ease of operation. If something goes wrong, only one thing will need to be corrected since you are only doing one operation at a time. This type of press is ideal for the hobby reloader, someone who doesn't shoot large volumes of ammunition but wants to cut his cost on ammo. Many people also enjoy the actual process of reloading and some find it quite rewarding at the range when they are firing their own home-loaded ammunition.

Accuracy buffs will also typically use a single-stage press since each stage of the process can be carefully monitored for maximum detail.

Progressive presses perform multiple operations at one time. A single stroke of the operating handle can cause as many as 5 operations to occur at the same time.

These presses do cost more than single-stage presses, but will generally offset their cost in short order due to their ability to load large volumes of ammunition in a short amount of time. This type of press is favored by high volume shooters such as competition shooters. While accuracy buffs may not load on this type of press, it does not mean that the quality of ammunition turned out is poor. Good progressive presses will turn out quality ammo that is accurate enough for most types of shooting such as hunting and competition.

The progressive press does require more time to learn to operate and the user must keep a careful eye on all operations being performed during the loading process. If one stage of the operation goes wrong, it can cause a chain reaction of problems that can take some time to correct. As valid as this concern is, it should not keep someone from using a progressive. The advantages of speed and volume far outweigh this potential problem.


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