Progress Or Not To Progess by Shane Hurkmans
Progressive reloaders go from one stage to the next. These reloaders take a fire hull or case from one stage to the next stage. Progressive loaders can do three, four, or more functions at a time. All you have to do is put a case and a hull in the reloader and pull the handle. This makes it easy and fast for the reloader that shoots more than the average Joe. The downfall of progressive reloader is you do not learn the steps of reloading, powder charges, wad size, and shot amount. A progressive reloader can pay for itself in time and effort to reload a box of the shells. Progressive reloaders are for the guys or gales that shoot a lot of trap or skeet, or for just plinking.
Non-progressive reloaders are better for the novelist. You see every stage of reloading of the case or a hull. This helps because you can see every loaded case or hull you reload. This teaches you to reload step-by-step, thus getting to know reloading one part at a time. This can be useful in years to come because of the knowledge and training you have done on a non-progressive reloader. Another thing to look at is although non-progressive reloaders are cheaper than progressive reloaders in cost, progressive reloaders save time at the bench. Most guys and gals who start reloading on a non-progressive reloader or single stage reloader will learn to fine-tune their loads.
For one, if you make a mistake you can stop and fix the problem right then in there.
Two, a single stage reloader helps you to understand the reloading process.
Three, they are simple.
Don’t get me wrong; even old timers still use non-progressive reloaders. I use a non-progressive reloader for rifles. I like to know that I put together every round that goes into my rifle also it gives me the confidence of knowing that I do not have a hot load in that box of shells. The loads are more consistent from one box to the next. I can grab a box and not worry about having the right box for that gun. I keep a recipe book or load data for every gun and loads that I developed for my guns. I also mark the box with the recipe.
There it is the third reloader that I like to call them semi-progressive reloaders. These reloaders fall in the middle of both the progressive and non-progressive reloaders. This reloader has stages that move the hulls from one stage to the next. But you yourself have to move it manually. They have a place for Powder, shot, and primers. All this is done by the pull of a handle. The operator of the semi progressive reloader must place a hull and wad in the correct positions. The semi-reloaders may have up to six different stages for hulls or casing to ride in as the reloader is manually moved.
There are many manufacturers on the market, Mec, Rcbs, Dillion, Hornaday, and many many more. These are a few of the progressive and non-progressive reloaders that are manufactured today. Most guys use progressive reloaders to save time and money at the bench for plinking, sporting Clay’s, trap shooting and skeet. Let’s face it a penny saved is a penny earned. Why buy a box of shells for $ 5.50 when you can reload the same box of shells for $2.50. The money you save can go towards components for reloading and or new reloaders.
Keep in mind with your reloader to follow the safety rules and regulations of reloading. When you think you have a load that you would like to try, test the first five or six shells that you reload to make sure your changes are going to work with your particular shotgun or pistol. As always, follow all safety rules of reloading and gun safety.