If you’re thinking about reloading your own cartridges and aren’t sure where to begin, a great place to start is with the best reloading press for your needs. If you’re a beginner, no worries! We did a lot of research and put together this reloading press review to help you find the right one for you. Before we get started, let’s take a look at some of the features you need to know about to find the right one for you.
Ram Surface: The ram is the part of the press that holds the shells. So, the size of the ram should be compatible with the size of your ammo. On our picks, this measurement runs between 1 and 1 ?”.
Material: These presses are tough and have to be able to create a lot of force. The materials vary slightly, but they’re all really strong metals. You’ll find presses made of cast aluminum, steel, and cast iron.
Shell Plates: You need shell plates to make different sized ammo. Some of these presses come with one, but none of them come with extra ones. If you want to be able to make more variety, you need to add to it.
Warranty: The warranties on our top picks range anywhere from 1 year to a lifetime. Think about it. Some of these presses are made with materials that last forever. As always with a warranty, make sure you know what’s covered.
Weight: The weight on these varies a lot, too, but it really depends on the material and design. A single stage press made out of aluminum doesn’t weight much. A cast iron progressive press weighs a lot.
Size: Keep size in mind because you need to have enough room to mount the press. Generally, single stage presses take up less room than progressive presses. It really all depends on what kind of press you’re looking for.
Now that you know more about how to find the best reloading press for you, let’s move right into our reviews. One note, we didn’t cover a fully automatic reloading press in these reviews. We stuck to manual ones. If you’re short on time, check out our top and budget picks first. They’re the first 2 list items. Stick around if you can to learn more about the rest of the awesome products we found. Ok, let’s get to it!