For a single stage press (which is more than adequate for the average shooter) the Hornady "Lock N Load" makes things the simplest for a single stage press. You set the depth of the die in a bushing then that bushing is what u pop in and out of the press with each change of the process, not having to unthread two inches of 7/8x14 threads until it hits the locking ring of other presses.
I have a Dillon progressive for bulk production and recently replaced a Rock Chucker II (RCBS) that was my old man's and between us probably cranked out a million rounds in it's day with a Rock Chucker Supreme single stage press for the nitty gritty rounds. By that I mean the shooter rifles and some handgun rounds that I weigh each case, each bullet, each powder charge then as the powder pan sits on the scale I use tweezers to get say "104 grains" to weigh out to "104.000gr" on the display. The "supreme" just seems to be what the oldschool Chucker has evolved into, nothing really royal about it.
A single stage press will crank out a couple hundred rounds in an average sitting - average defined as the amount of time until you get bored with doing it - whereas a progressive can really let the cream fly........if you have the means, need, and use for that much ammo.
Jamie - Green is RCBS.
- What RCBS falls short in as far as trinkets and little gimmicks to make things easier they make up for in their absolute iron clad warranty. I've returned dies to them that had plainly visible pipe wrench scores along the body, chisel gouges from 'un-stucking' rounds, and every other manner of obvious abuse and they've never batted an eyelash.
The micrometer click seating dies from Forster, Redding, Wilson et. al and the other 'super precision' are a bit overhyped too IMO
. You can do all that with a normal blue collar setup as well. One process in dies, however, that cannot be argued as to it's attributing to better accuracy is neck sizing of the cases... Neck sizing dies are worth the extra expense if your ammo is going to be gun-specific or you can keep lots segregated.