Progressive all the way. 30 tugs equals a box of shells. On a single stage it takes 100 tugs per box I prefer ponsness warren reloaders. Worth the extra $ what gauge u wanting to reload? If it is for .410 go with a single stage. It seems like loading a pencil
If your just getting started,keep it simple.Best thing I can tell you,get a single stage,Mec singles are good. If you look on ebay you can most likly pick one up for 100.00 or less. I have both ,single and progressive,and the single is my go-to press all the time. Best of luck with what ever you choose..Ray
Sterlingworth has it right. For the money mec single stage is the best first step before you advance to the progressive press. Remember loading is a "feel" operation as much as it is a mindless pull the handle operation. Good luck and enjoy the journey. Jerry
Buying a single stage makes sense based on price. But you will be selling it in 2 months looking for a progressive loader. The extra $100 to get one is worth it. I have posted u tube vids on the subject. And make sure you have a tray undder it cause u will drop shot. Pm me if u want more details. I buy and recondition them as ahobby.
I understand the mec lovers along with rcbs folks. But imo you cant beat a Ponsness Warren if u can get one at a decent price. Load a box of shells in less than 5 minutes. Whatever u buy just make sure ots mounted on a heavy/stable bench. You ll get consistent powder drops
Better take brdslayr's offer. If you shoot weekly, that gives you 6 days to load 4 boxes of shells. Get a couple of beers, turn on the radio, and get away from the wife and kids for a few minutes a day. I actually enjoy loading shells. Never dropped shot and got discouraged with my MEC Jr., but with my 9000 I had shot and powder all over my bench the first week I owned it.
Learn how to reload on a Mec single stage press. After you get things figured out you can graduate to a Mec progressive and use the single stage to fix your mistakes on the progressive. A good choice would be a Mec Sizemaster so you can resize your hulls.HMB