A turret press is the middle brother of reloading presses. It’s more complex and effective than a single stage reloading press, but can’t crank out as many rounds per hour as a progressive press. As a beginner choosing your first press, you can get away with starting with a turret press rather than a single stage press, as it’s still fairly simple.
Whether you’re choosing your first reloading press or upgrading from a single stage press, a turret press can be a great option. Seasoned hands can make over 250 bullets in an hour. A turret press:
– Is far faster than a single stage press
– Is moderately cheap
– Has an easy set up
Determining if You Need a Turret Press
Depending on your goals and your weapons, a turret press can be a better option than either a single stage reloading press or a progressive press. You may want to use a turret press if:
– You use modern, commercial bullets
– You want to save time making the bullets you need
– You don’t need to make THOUSANDS of bullets at a time …
– … But you can make HUNDREDS of bullets at a time.
A progressive press is a better option for making lots of bullets (think thousands of bullets in one day), though the single stage press is best for fine-tuning exotic loads in general (an exotic load for that elephant gun you have above the mantle).
If you want the best turret press, we strongly recommend the Lee Precision Classic Turret Press Kit (see full specs here).
Why the Lee Precision Classic is the Best Turret Reloading Press
– A well-built press
– A powder measure
– A plastic primer feeder
– A scale
– A case trimming tool
– A great starter’s manual
Once you have this kit and some dies, you can start pressing. The manual is comprehensive and will allow you to start making quality bullets very quickly. If you have multiple turrets (the cap on top of the press), you can customize each turret to work with different calibers and increase your productivity. That way, if you want to make many bullets of different calibers, you just have to swap the turret on the press. Overall, this is simply the best turret reloading press for the money, and the reviews have all been exemplary.
Reloading is the perfect hobby if you own and enjoy shooting guns. Reloaded bullets can be made to best fit your weapon, improving the overall usefulness of the gun. And while there is a startup cost, the money you save from reloading the bullets yourself quickly pays back your initial investment. Whether this is your first kit or your first upgrade, it will reload your bullets with minimum effort and maximum return.
If this sounds good, well, just get yourself a turret press. If not, you might want to check out what single-stage and progressive presses have to offer on our homepage. Happy reloading!
Owner of Reloaderaddict.com, Boyd Smith is a major handgun enthusiast, and although he owns Glocks, he prefers the revolving wheel type. His go-to guns are a Smith & Wesson 642 Performance Center for carry and a Ruger GP100 in the nightstand biometric safe (he has kids). He loads both revolvers with old-school 148-grain Federal Gold Medal .38 wadcutters. It’s OK if you think he’s a wimp. Email him.