Top 5 Progressive Reloading Presses

Many shooters reload their own ammo in order to deliver a level of precision that exceeds even the best factory loads. Reloading can also save shooters money on ammunition depending on the amount they shoot. If you want to get into reloading, or up your reloading game, a progressive press may be for you. Here are a few things to know about progressive reloading presses along with our top 5 presses available at MidwayUSA.

Automation

The major advantage to progressive presses is the automation they can bring to your in-home reloading operation. A progressive press can do all the depriming, sizing, swaging, powder measuring, seating, and more all in the crank of a lever! Presses like the Frankford Arsenal X-10 offer 10 stages and countless options for your reloading die setup.

Setup

Progressive Presses generally take more care and attention than single stage presses when it comes to setup. It is important to ensure all steps of the reloading process are properly covered before getting to work. Because of the more customized setup, progressive presses are most commonly used for large batches of reloads for cartridges like 9mm and 5.56.

Speed

The major advantage to progressive presses is their speed! Once everything is set up and ready to go, presses like the RCBS Pro Chucker 7 can load up to 600 rounds an hour!

Popular Features

While progressive Presses vary on the features they utilize, there are some common parts you can look for when purchasing your next progressive press. Some of these include: case feeders, powder measures, swagers, and priming systems. Generally, reloading dies come separately. Kits like the Lee Pro 4000 offer cartridge specific die sets included with your purchase!

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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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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 Die 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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Lee Pro 4000 Progressive Press Kit

The Lee Pro 4000 Progressing Press Kit is a true, 4-die progressive press for less than the cost of a premium single stage press. Includes Lee 3 die set (Steel for rifle cartridges, Carbide for handgun), shell plate, Universal Case Feeder, Auto-Drum Powder Measure, Safety Prime, everything you need to start reloading.

 

Features

  • Easy to use with no adjustments
  • Modular construction allows as much or as little automation as the operator desires with no adjustments
  • Cartridge changeover in seconds, including primer size with no adjustments
  • Breech Lock quick change feature in all four positions with no adjustments
  • Exclusive auto case placer with no adjustments
  • Through ram primer disposal with convenient built-in primer disposal tube
  • Includes four colored spline drive breech lock bushings
  • Includes large and small priming arms
  • Includes ergonomic, wood grip roller handle
  • Includes hex wrench for caliber changes with built in storage rack for tools

What Customers Are Saying

Really a nice press

I have this press set up with pretty much every accessory that one can put on it. 4 tube bullet feeder, 4 tube case feeder with collator, auto drum, etc. Using quick change bushings, the spare drums, and shell plates available, it is fairly quick to change calibers. As of the time of this review I have loaded .380, 9mm, 38 special, .357 mag, 40 s&w, .357 sig, 45 acp, and 44 mag on the press to amount to a few thousand rounds and have had no real issues. The only issue I can really think of as a big negative is that the 44 mag rounds won't cycle through the case feeder due to the large diameter and have to be fed in the top of the press manually. I haven't looked into to it much to see if there is another option to remedy the problem. Other than that, the press has been pretty great.
- Beau, 6/11/2020

About Lee

Lee Precision began in 1958 with Richard Lee’s invention of the Lee Loader for shotgun shells. Shortly thereafter, Lee loaders for rifle and pistol ammunition were released, and in the years since, these economical tools have introduced millions of shooters to reloading. The 1970s brought bullet casting molds and the 1980s brought Lee presses and dies with innovative features not found on competing units. Over 60 years later, Lee is still family owned and producing affordable, quality reloading tools that are guaranteed for life. MidwayUSA offers a full complement of Lee Precision reloading dies, single stage presses, turret presses, progressive presses, bullet molds, powder scales, lead furnaces, bullet sizers, bullet lube, case trimmers, and many other reloading accessories. Some of their most popular models include the Pro 6000 Progressive Press, the Pro 4 Furnace, the Auto Drum Powder Measure, and the Classic 4 Hole Turret Press.

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Mark 7 Reloading Apex 10 Progressive Press

The Mark 7 Reloading Apex 10 Progressive 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.

 

Features

  • Upgradeable with Mark 7 Autodrives and sensors
  • Smooth Ergonomic Ambidextrous Handle
  • Supports one-pass processing and loading
  • Works with new and fired brass
  • Precision CNC machined aluminum and steel

 

Comes Standard with:

  • 11” High Speed Case Feeder
  • Lyman Stainless Steel Pro Hold Down Die included
  • Mechanical Powder Measure
  • Standard Priming with all New Shuttle Disk Delivery System - Small/large primer conversion included
  • Double Guide Rod support for the tool head creates more stability

 

10 Station set-up: just one possible set-up. The 10 station tool head offers a large variety of options for all your reloading and case processing needs.

  • Station 1: Case feeding
  • Station 2: Sizing and decapping
  • Station 3: Swage with hold down / Case trim
  • Station 4: Primer seat
  • Station 5: Case flare/neck expansion
  • Station 6: Powder drop
  • Station 7: Powder check
  • Station 8: Bullet Dropper
  • Station 9: Seating
  • Station 10: Crimping

 

What Customers Are Saying

Worth the money

As a serious USPSA competitor, I shoot a lot. Between matches and live fire practice, I would typically shoot 25k+ rounds a year. With the current primer situation, its more like 10-12k per year. I am currently shooting 38 SuperComp. I have reloaded 9mm and .40 on a Dillon 650 for about 11 years but it never really liked doing 38SC. I needed something that was more reliable. The Apex 10 had been out for a while when I ordered it in 2021, but it took almost 5 months to get it. However, it was worth the wait. If you have read about the Apex 10, you know the priming system seemed to be an issue for almost everyone. It had NOT been an issue for me. It has worked without making any changes to the factory adjustments. In fact, this press really lived up to the expectations set out by Mark 7. The quality is obvious as soon as you see it in person. I am running the Lyman Pro die set on it, along with the Mr. Bullet Feeder. Like any progressive reloader, you need to take the time to get everything set up properl...
- BJinPass, 5/29/2022 Shop Now
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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

Best True 7 Station Press / DO NOT OVER TIGHTEN SET SCREWS!!

I moved from the LNL to the PC7 mainly because I wanted more stations. I was also tired of the issues with keeping the LNL tuned for indexing. Owning the PC7 well over a year now. I have run about 12 calibers so far. After a couple month learning curve, I can say I in general very happy. I also own a 1050 and 550. All have their own pros/cons. If you want a mass production machine, the pro chucker is not the one for you. 1050 truly is the only option there. But the 1050 really doesn't have 7 stations (one station is priming only).. I like powder check, bullet feeders, separate crimping, etc. The PC7 is the only option if you want all that. RCBS support has been great.. But the manual is WRONG and written poorly. The most important thing to keep in mind with this press is that when you install the die plate, DO NOT TIGHTEN the set screws. The point of the screws is to keep the die plate from rotating out of position. They are not supposed to lock the die plate in the up/down position The die ...
- DJ, 1/4/2017

About RCBS

Fred T. Huntington was an avid shooter and hunter of rock chucks, a common varmint in the western United States. He was dissatisfied with the varmint bullets available at the time, so he developed a die to swage 22 rimfire cases into bullet jackets. In 1943, he started making and selling these Rock Chuck Bullet Swage (RCBS) dies out of his father’s laundry and dry-cleaning business in Oroville, CA. RCBS outgrew the laundry facility and moved to its first dedicated shop in 1948. RCBS has expanded its offering to include reloading dies, reloading presses, powder measures, digital powder dispensers, case trimmers, decapping tools, primer swage tools, bullet pullers, and tumblers, available at MidwayUSA. Some of their most popular products today include the Chargemaster Digital Powder Scale, Rock Chucker Single Stage Press, the Summit Press, and their Die Sets. RCBS no longer makes bullet swage dies, but Oroville is still its home for reloading innovation and state of the art production.

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