Every reloader has a wish list, and typically that list is whittled down purchase-by-slowly-earned purchase; critical equipment first, followed by luxuries. But what would you buy if you were starting from scratch with an unlimited budget? What equipment is so refined that you’d buy it with glee no matter the cost, or so useful that you’d never be without it, however inexpensive? What’s the best reloading press?
Eight individual products will never cover all the items that would earn their way into such a buying spree. But aside from the mundane necessities such as case lube, cartridge blocks and so on, you’ll have some gotta-haves and some can’t-live-withouts. I know I would.
- Back when I thought I was going to be the next world champion cowboy action shooter, I used to crank out a legitimate 500 rounds of .44-40 ammo per hour. The Dillon Precision 550B is simple enough that your average bear can set it up and keep it running—and just complex enough to load massive quantities of cartridges with a minimum of effort. There are shooters who will argue that the Dillon 650 press will load even more ammo with even less effort, but I’ve found that the low-maintenance character of the 550B keeps me cranking the handle more consistently. In addition to mass-loading handgun ammo for weekend shoots, I’ve loaded rifle ammo that consistently groups under an inch in my accurate old .270 Winchester.