I grew up reloading a LOT of shotgun ammo on a Hornady progressive press, but never did rifle/pistol. For preparing self reliance reasoning I have always thought it would be wise to have the equipment, practice/experience and supplies to be able to punch out some of my own rounds. A great "barter skill" for SHTF scenarios.
It looks like a single stage would be tedious and take forever. Don't think I have need for the high volume and expense of a progressive rig though. A Turret Press like Lee makes sounds like a good compromise IMHO.
Any experience or suggestions?
I'd be looking to start with just don't no .303 and 5.56, maybe adding 9mm and eventually .380 to cover all my calibers.
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I used a cheap single-stage Lee loader for years. It is tedious, but once you get the hang of it you can put out 75 or so rounds an hour. I did finally go to a turret press, but I still have that Lee loader. I think it was originally my grandpa's, but I'm not sure.
You can usually find reloading supplies and equipment at the larger gun shows. See if you can find a used one, you can probably save a little money.
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