Don't let anyone fool you --- you get exactly what you pay for 99% of the time. I can't speak for the Spolars, but the P&W's are damn good presses that are built to last a lifetime. I have a Platinum 2000, a 900, and (2) 375 duromatics (single-stage presses).
They produce factory looking shells with almost no effort.
I use a Texan. Old and bulletproof. $25 on Ebay a few years ago. I reload as a hobby while I am on the road working. I have a lot of spare time in the evenings and will load up a few hundred rounds and swap them with my son for hulls when I get back. Loading does not take a lot of expensive equipment if you have time. Out of 2 small totes I load 16ga, 20ga, rifle, pistol. I have just figured out how to load 410 with only adding a .45 acp sizing die.
Yes,I am envious and drool over all the fancy presses in the various gun shops I visit. But I can trade a few hours in a lonely hotel room for ammo and I enjoy it. And it keeps my son and daughter shooting at a cost I can afford.
Joined: 30 Mar 2009
Location: central oregon
Look on "allofcraigs.com" for shotshell reloader. Lots of Hornady/Pacific 366, some MEC 650s, PW 800/900. The best reloader is the used one you got way cheaper than suggested retail.
I'm using a RCBS Grand - a broken and discarded display unit for $50. $87.00 in repair parts and a bunch of warranty parts and I'm in business. Best of all I can use all my Hornady/Pacific and Bair powder and shot bushings.
I started on a Texan progressive almost 50 years. Eventually graduated to the PW progressive. Had several different models all purchased new. I'm not mechanically oriented, as each of the PW's got older, it seemed like I spent more time adjusting them than I did loading. When I switched from one brand of hull to another, it was an ordeal to get everything adjusted right to get a good looking shell. Bought a Spolar new and it is the best thing I ever did. No adjustments to make when switching from one brand to another and nothing to adjust when changing primers. Just load and go. Serial # is under 200 so the number of years I've had it has to be in the 15 yr range. Never failed me and never caused a problem.. Load lots of papers and it works flawlessly. Bought the 16ga dies when they came and and they work great. The 16ga MEC is in the box on the shelf.
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