Best Progressive Reloading Press

Many shooters reload their own ammo in order to deliver a level of precision that exceeds even the best factory loads. Check out a selection of our best progressive reloading presses from top brands like Mark 7 Reloading, Hornady and RCBS to ensure you stay on target and shooting like a pro.

1 Mark 7 Reloading Evolution Progressive Press

Mark 7 Reloading Evolution Progressive Press

The Mark 7 Evolution press is a commercial-grade manual machine, designed from the ground up to be enhanced with a range of add-on features. Even in stock form, the press has a robust set of features not found on other progressive presses on the market. The most significant improvement over current designs is the 10-station tool head allowing the user to set up each station for a single step for the utmost precision and consistency. From swaging and trimming to a simple powder check, there are enough stations to do it all! The indexing system is smooth and reliable for high productivity.

 

The Evolution features:
• Smooth ambidextrous hand operation- left or right side with the included ergonomic handle designed by medical device engineer
• Standard Priming System
• Mechanical Powder Measure
• Case Feeder
• Supports one-pass processing and loading
• Calibers from .380 up-to .30-06

 

 

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2 RCBS Pro Chucker 7 Progressive Press

RCBS Pro Chucker 7 Progressive Press

Take reloading to the elite level with new RCBS Pro Chucker 7 Auto Index Progressive Press. The first seven-station press on the market, the Pro Chucker 7 features automatic indexing for maximum production, with a load rate of approximately 600 rounds per hour. The quick-change die plate allows fast caliber change over for even greater efficiency. Standard primer pick up tubes are used with the safety-shielded priming system. Spent primers are efficiently dropped from the bottom of the press to be captured in a trash receptacle. The large powder capacity Quick Change powder measure reduces the number of times you have to fill the powder hopper. Plus, the Quick Change drain tube allows you to drain the powder measure without removing it from the press. QC metering assemblies allow shortened set up times when switching powders. Seven stations allows you to progressive load any way you want: Seat bullets and crimp separately. Use a bullet feeder but also use a Lock-Out or Powder Checker die. With seven stations, you can do it all.

Features

  • Seven-station auto indexing
  • Quick-change die plate
  • Quick Change powder measure metering components
  • Zerk fitting for lubrication
  • Loaded cartridge bin
  • Load rate ~600 rounds per hour (pistol)

What Customers Are Saying

GREAT

[RCBS PRO CHUCKER 7]This press is very good love it .the press is Easy to set up per instructions and very smooth. Very nice quality and finish. RCBS IS TOP NOTCH. 7 Stations is the best for my bullet feeder and my powder check die. I have the RCBS PRO 2000 and had to use two die plates to perform the same task. It's nice to have the tube priming system back great set up. Just ran off 1000 round of 9mm no problems. I wish that they would sell the 7 station die plates separate from the powder measurer. I guess that will happen later on down the line.
- SP5 DOOR GUNNER, 7/19/2015

About RCBS

Fred T. Huntington founded RCBS – Rock Chuck Bullet Swage dies – in 1943 as a way to create quality varmint bullets. RCBS no longer manufactures bullet-swaging dies, but it still remains close to its roots. We are the leading manufacturer of reloading equipment for rifles and pistols. And RCBS is still headquartered in Oroville, California, the same place where Red T. Huntington made his first bullet.

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3 Hornady Lock-N-Load AP Progressive Press Ammo Plant

Hornady Lock-N-Load AP Progressive Press Ammo Plant

The Hornady Lock-N-Load Ammo Plant turns any reloading bench into the ultimate reloading factory. This kit combines all of the innovative features found on the Lock-N-Load AP including automatic indexing and 5 die stations with the Hornady automatic bullet feeder and automatic case feeder.

The Lock-N-Load AP press features include; Lock-N-Load quick change technology, fully automatic indexing, 5-station die platform that accepts standard 7/8"-14 threaded dies, and the EZ-ject System that delivers 100% reliable cartridge ejection. This press is capable of loading rifle and handgun cartridges with ease.

Wondering what extra parts to purchase? Well, the ammo plant ships complete with the following:

  • Lock-N-Load AP Progressive Press
  • Lock-N-Load AP Pistol Bullet Feeder
  • Lock-N-Load AP Case Feeder
  • 10 - Die bushings
  • 6 - Case retainer springs
  • 3 - Large cartridge catchers
  • Large Primer Tube
  • Small Primer Tube
  • 3- Large Primer Pickup Tubes
  • 3- Small Primer Pickup Tubes
  • 2 - Primer Slide Springs
  • Pistol Powder Metering Insert
  • Rifle Powder Metering Insert
  • Powder Cop Die
  • Die Wrench
  • Vintage Tin Sign
  • Case Activated Lower Assembly
  • So the only thing left to purchase is the easy access shellplate, reloading dies, appropriate case feeder plate, bullet feeder die, and any additional die bushings you'll need. (all available at MidwayUSA).



Notes:

  • The EZ-ject system is designed to work with updated shellplates. Earlier version shellplates are not adaptable with the EZ-ject system. To tell if shellplates need to be updated, turn the shellplate upside down and look for a groove that runs in a circular pattern around the shellplate. If there is no groove present Hornady will modify old shellplates to work with the EZ-ject system.
  • Hornady Suggests Spraying all metal parts with Hornady One Shot Gun Cleaner-Degreaser and Dry Lubricant before using the press (Sold Separately Item# 270-323)
  • Hornady suggests cleaning the powder measure with One Shot Gun Cleaner-Degreaser and Dry Lubricant to remove all oils that could contaminate powder

What Customers Are Saying

Great PRESS!! take your ...

Great PRESS!! take your time and set up dies one at a time. After some seat time you will be cranking out high volumes of ammo with QUALITY. Key points, keep shell plate clean from powder. Get a rhythm, slight hesitation at the bottom of down stroke. when changing shell plates, cycle press until retaining spring seats into groove where the shell enters the plate.
- Dave, 6/9/2012

About Hornady

“Ten bullets through one hole” is the philosophy that brought Hornady® Manufacturing from a two-man operation in 1949, to a world-leading innovator of bullet, ammunition, reloading tool and accessory design and manufacture today. Change is their constant and daily challenge. They outperform their competitors by ensuring the products they make are the ones their customers need right now, and accurately predict what they’ll want in the future. They recognize trends, and respect when to leave well enough alone. Their workforce includes an ample number of hunters and competitive shooters, as well as veterans and former law enforcement officers. At Hornady® Manufacturing, ammunition is more than their livelihood. It’s a major part of their daily life.

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4 Hornady Lock-N-Load AP Progressive Press

Hornady Lock-N-Load AP Progressive Press

The Hornady Lock-N-Load AP Progressive Press is an automatic 5-station press that is full of innovative features. The press features include; Lock-N-Load quick change technology, fully automatic indexing, 5-station die platform that accepts standard 7/8"-14 threaded dies, and the EZ-ject System that delivers 100% reliable cartridge ejection. This press is capable of loading rifle and handgun cartridges with ease.

Wondering what extra parts to purchase? Well, the press comes complete with the following items:

  • Lock-N-Load powder measure
  • rifle and pistol metering assemblies
  • case activated powder drop and linkage
  • cartridge catcher
  • large and small primer pick-up tubes
  • 5 Lock-N-Load Bushings
  • So the only thing left to purchase is the easy access shellplate, dies, and any additional bushings you'll need for additional calibers. (all available at MidwayUSA).



Notes:

  • The EZ-ject system is designed to work with updated shellplates. Earlier version shellplates are not adaptable with the EZ-ject system. To tell if shellplates need to be updated, turn the shellplate upside down and look for a groove that runs in a circular pattern around the shellplate. If there is no groove present Hornady will modify old shellplates to work with the EZ-ject system.
  • Hornady Suggests Spraying all metal parts with Hornady One Shot Gun Cleaner-Degreaser and Dry Lubricant before using the press (Sold Separately Item# 270-323)

What Customers Are Saying

I just got this press to ...

I just got this press to go along with my Dillon 550 (which it's probably going to replace) and I'm very happy. This press has gotten some bad publicity in the past, but a lot of it no longer applies:The priming system has been redesigned. It no longer has an on/off switch and the punch is now held in place by a nut, not a knurled knob (among other changes). The updated priming system on my new LnL AP is 100% functional, even more reliable than my Dillon 550's. A good feature often overlooked is that spent primers get pushed out directly into a tube which you can direct into a trash can. This keeps my LnL MUCH cleaner than my 550 (which is always getting gummed up and jammed up from spent primer debris).Lee dies do work in this press, although not always in the fifth station (usually not a problem). If you want to use a powder cup in fourth station, a Lee crimp die will probably fit in the fifth station. If you want to use a Lee factory crimp in the fifth station, it will probably NOT fit (especiall...
- R. Cort, 2/25/2010

About Hornady

“Ten bullets through one hole” is the philosophy that brought Hornady® Manufacturing from a two-man operation in 1949, to a world-leading innovator of bullet, ammunition, reloading tool and accessory design and manufacture today. Change is their constant and daily challenge. They outperform their competitors by ensuring the products they make are the ones their customers need right now, and accurately predict what they’ll want in the future. They recognize trends, and respect when to leave well enough alone. Their workforce includes an ample number of hunters and competitive shooters, as well as veterans and former law enforcement officers. At Hornady® Manufacturing, ammunition is more than their livelihood. It’s a major part of their daily life.

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5 RCBS Pro Chucker 5 Progressive Press

RCBS Pro Chucker 5 Progressive Press

The RCBS Pro Chucker 5 Auto Index Progressive Press is the next level in reloading efficiency and customization. It features five-station automatic indexing for maximum production, with a load rate of approximately 600 rounds per hour. The quick-change die plate allows fast caliber change over for even greater efficiency. Standard primer pick up tubes are used with the safety-shielded priming system. Spent primers are efficiently dropped from the bottom of the press to be captured in a trash receptacle. The powder measure is fitted with Quick Change metering components that allow you to drain powder without removing the measure from the press. You can also quickly swap out preset metering screws for dispensing the new powder. Plus, the new Pro Chucker 5 is the first progressive press that can be converted from five- to seven-station operation with the Pro Chucker conversion kit (sold separately).

 

 

Features

  • Five-station auto indexing
  • Quick-change die plate
  • Quick Change powder measure metering components
  • Zerk fitting for lubrication
  • Loaded cartridge bin
  • Load rate ~600 rounds per hour (pistol)

What Customers Are Saying

Long term review

I have now had this press for 2 years. The second generation primer transfer bars have solved the priming issues. I broke all first generation bars and have not broken any of the second generation. I think it is safe to say that priming is no longer an issues with these presses. To keep the press running smoothly you need to occasionally grease the ram and oil the pins. Shellplate bolt pressure is critical for consistent primer height. You need to tighten the bolt all the way then insert and allen key and back out the bolt a quarter of a turn. Very pleased with the press, super smooth and high quality. RCBS was very responsive with the parts that broke. I don't miss the LNL and its quirks.
- George, 4/10/2018

About RCBS

Fred T. Huntington founded RCBS – Rock Chuck Bullet Swage dies – in 1943 as a way to create quality varmint bullets. RCBS no longer manufactures bullet-swaging dies, but it still remains close to its roots. We are the leading manufacturer of reloading equipment for rifles and pistols. And RCBS is still headquartered in Oroville, California, the same place where Red T. Huntington made his first bullet.

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