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The biggest difference is that the one from Midway is a three station and the one from CTD is a five station. With the three station press you would have to use a powder through expander die and crimp as part of the seating process. You wouldn't be able to use a traditional expander die or to crimp separately, which may or may not be something that you would want to do anyway. I crimp with my seating dies, but some people prefer to use a dedicated crimping die.

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3 station vs 5 station (u really only need 3...)

a the load master can do most rifle. pro1000 can do 223s but not much more, its mainly for handgun.

I have the pro1000 and like it quite a bit.

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My opinion.....start small....

For a newb....single stage is perfect...upgrade after you get comfortable.

I got an RCBS single stage over 30 years ago, it still works fine! There's now a Dillon 550 on the other end of the bench also. The most valuable tool you will have is one or two good reloading books, before starting reloading.

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I got an RCBS single stage over 30 years ago, it still works fine! There's now a Dillon 550 on the other end of the bench also. The most valuable tool you will have is one or two good reloading books, before starting reloading.

I second Titan and TNHawk's advice. Start on a single stage, get the idea and some valuable experience. Then get a "production" type press. I have a Dillon 650xl and an old single stage RCBS. I have found that the production presses have lots of potential problems and gizmos that take your attention away from the real, important job of reloading good ammo and keeping yourself safe.

Hope this helps.

Kind regards,

Leroy

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I started with a Lee Classic Turret loader, you can usually get a "kit" with everything you need but the dies. The thing I liked about the turret loader is that you can remove the indexing rod and the loader acts like a single stage. Once you are comfortable loading put the rod back in and you can load a little faster. I wouldn't call it a true progressive, kinda like a step in between a single stage and progressive.

I've upgraded to a dillon SDB loader, nice but it only does pistol rounds, I can do my rifle rounds on the lee, which I shoot far fewer rifle than I do pistol, so it's a nice trade off.

This is the kit I started with:

Lee 4 Hole Turret Press with Auto Index Deluxe Kit - MidwayUSA

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