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I have a 'Rock Chucker' (Full steel frame from RCBS, VERY strong and accurate) for my 'Long Range' rounds,

Since I occasionally shoot 1,000 Yard competitions, I'm REAL PICKY about my bolt gun ammo!
This press gives me ultimate control and 'Repeatability' from one round to another...

I have a Lee turret press and Lee single die press for various things...
Lee Turret press has the advantage of being able to get extra 'Turrets' so when you want to change calibers, you don't have to go through setting up your dies from scratch again!
Turret Press,

These are particularly good for small batches of ODDBALL ammo, like strange cowboy calibers or wildcat rounds...
No use buying a progressive press for $350 to $500 when you are only going to load 300 or 400 rounds a year...
But those 300 or 400 rounds a year purchased as 'Oddball' ammo will run you $80 for a box of 20! this thing sure pays for it's self in a hurry!

Single Press, I use my single Lee press now for de-capping or removing crimps from the primer pockets of military/police rounds.

This is an entry level press, and you can get one for about $25 several places...
MidwayUSA - Lee Reloader Single Stage Press

With those types you have to pull the handle 3 or 4 times for each round, changing dies with some of them 3 or 4 times...

For volume reloading, I have a Dillon Progressive press that spits out a loaded round with each pull of the handle.
I use it for ammo for 'Auto-loaders',
Everything from 9mm & .45 ACP for handguns to .30-06 for my Garand.
I mostly do .223 Rem for my AR's, and that Dillon spits out rounds nearly as uniform as I can do by hand in the Rock Chucker!
It is a truly repeatable system they have!
RL550B, w/o a Caliber Conversion Kit: Dillon Reloading Machines

Works flawlessly once you get everything lined up the way it's supposed to be.
Usually, I don't sit down in front of it unless I have 1,000 or more cases already cleaned and ready to reload since setting up the dies can be a pain in the butt...

I buy different plates so I don't have to move my dies around, once they are set up, I just change out the entire mounting plate, so when I go to change calibers, it's REAL easy.

I don't have a shot gun reloader, I trade ammo with a guy that is set up for shot shells. I do his rifle ammo ( a few hundred rounds a year) and he returns the favor with the few hundred rounds of shot gun ammo I expend a year...
Works out for both of us!

Reloading links,

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I have a MEC Jr. setup for 20ga. And a Dillon setup for 12ga. Both cams from a house I did some work in. "Take this stuff if you want" so I did . Ten bags of 29ga wads, 5 bags 12ga wads, 4bags #9 shot, 4 box 209 primers, 2 cans of powder. I couldn't pass it up.
So how do I get started?
First of all, Get a MEC reloading book that covers the operation of your press.
(instructions are usually free if you ask)

Every reloader company and every powder manufacturer puts out books or booklets (usually for free) that cover their powders, wads, primers, ect.
Stock UP!

Visit gun shops that stock powder and buy some of the basic supplies so you are a 'Customer' and start asking questions.
This is all old hat to most dedicated gun guys, so Owner/Operated gun shops will be glad to shoot the bull with you and give you some pointers!

The NRA puts out good basic information with 'How To Reload' books, get them!

Kind of wish I had a shot shell reloader like that, but I just don't bang enough shells to make a purchase worth it...

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If you are going to shoot anything with tube magazine (like cowboy guns) or auto-loaders, the factory crimp dies are just MANDATORY or you WILL have problems!
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