18 November 2008
My 2 cents
Starting with an Ideal and ending up using a Lyman 450, I have a Lyman 4500 that is presently out on loan. Most shooting concerns all include a human exponent, the one variable that can be depended upon to be undependable. My shooting coach and mentor, God bless him, accumulated a truck load of awards using the old Ideal press. Modern equipment produces bullets superior to capabilities of most shooters. Only when the human element is removed, does absolute precision control performance. Benchrest shooting is one of the disciplines that will showcase this. Seldom is the offhand, unrested firearm or ammunition to blame for a hit off the X. Bullets which require no sizing, make this a moot point. The finest machine ever built has the same flaw as the worst one. I witnessed a custom built, K-Clifton, operated by a stupid, turn out umpteen hundred 38s unsuitable for anything other than remelting. I believe the machines, generally, are much less culpable than the operators. Careful attention to all aspects of consistent reloading, along with fine tuning, can decrease the travel cone size.
Please accept my apology if I seem to be confrontational, but how seriously can play be taken??