View Full Version : Need some reloading press questions answered

04-06-2007, 10:20 PM

Hi 5.7 lovers,

I was all set to buy a single stage press and get into reloading. But since I broke my handgun virginity with the 5.7 usg, that has not shifted to buying a progressive press.

need some info, I plan on reloading the 5.7 obviously, and the 223 Rem, 30/30 win, 338 winchester Mag, and........ eventualy the 45 colt, 454 casual and 460. (the S&W 460 will be ordered very shortly)

I am looking at the RCBS Pro 2000, and the Hornady LNL AP. (I am debating the dillon 550, but looks pricey for all the conversions needed)

I need your help. Please point me in the right direction.



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04-06-2007, 10:43 PM
I like the Hornady Lock N Load Progressive. It's very high quality (lots of recent improvements) and should do all the calibers you are looking for and it has a case feeder option. Its selling for $369 and Hornady offers 1000 bullets free with the purchase through the end of this year. Hornady has quality 5.7 dies too, but I haven't found the 5.7 shell plate yet. Take a look at Midway or Cabelas, they are selling out fast.

I ordered mine a couple days ago. I plan to use it mostly for .223 and 5.7 whenever I find a shell plate. I'm hoping that Hornady will have the shell plate out later this year.

Here's the link..


Medula Oblongata
04-07-2007, 03:01 AM
The shell plate for the LnL progressive is a special order item, 30-45 days for delivery.

Beware though, as the LnL will not decap the 5.7x28mm brass. The shell plate does not allow that. Sizing and decapping must be done externally in a seperate machine.

If you don't believe me, call Hornady and they'll tell you the same thing. I have been communicating with the factory for several weeks on some custom parts. I ordered my shell plates last week. Of course I have 5 other single stage presses to do my decapping on anyway.. Decapping is a dirty job, its probably better that its done elsewhere. progressive machines are terribly finicky to begin with, without adding the priming compound residue to it. That stuff is terribly abrasive and the reason presses wear out too quickly.

I would recommend the Lee Classic Cast press for a single stage. Half the cost of the Rock Chucker, more leverage, primers fall out the bottom, and it stays really clean. I stopped using my Rock Chucker last week when I bought the Lee Classic Cast. IMHO, its the best single stage on the market, at any price.

PM me if you need help in your reloading project :)

04-07-2007, 09:30 AM
I reload 5.7 with a couple Lee single stage presses right now, but for .223 I need something faster to crank out lots of rounds. Decaping 5.7 single stage is not a problem for me.

Let me know how the 5.7 shell plate works out when you receive it. I'll have to get my order in for one.

Thanks for the tips MO.

04-07-2007, 09:38 AM
I am debating the dillon 550
Dillion does not and will not make parts for their equipment for the 5.7x28 round.

scarry scarney
04-09-2007, 05:36 PM
Dillon does not make a conversion kit for the 5.7, but Al Newel (I think I spelled his name correctly) does. I bought one of his conversions, and it works on my Dillon just fine. I load about 35 different cartridges on my Dillon. Dillon just like RCBS has a no nonesense warrenty. If you ever break something on your Dillon (RCBS as well) you call them up, and they will send the part for free. No questions. I wish all the products I bought, had this kind of support from the manufacture.

04-30-2007, 02:13 PM
On my 550, I figure about $140 minimum per caliber, plus $440 (approx.) for the press itself. A toolhead is $17, $40 for the caliber conversion (shell plate, holding pins, powder tube), $60 for dillon dies (non carbide), $15-20 for the holder for when you're using a different set, and a possible $70 for a seperate powder measurer to make the operation easier to swap.

I load 45acp and am workin on getting my 223 dies setup. It seems that rifle cartridges require a bit more pressure on the handle to operate than pistol rounds, but that may be due to my deprime/resize die being dirty (cases come out with a thin layer of black on them).