Frankford Arsenal X-10 10-Station
The Frankford Arsenal X-10 has been perhaps the most anticipated reloading press release for 2022. With 10 stations and a low price tag (projected around $1200 with case feed) it’s no wonder that people are eagerly awaiting its release (summer 2022).
Here’s the overview video for the X-10 published on Ultimate Reloader:
Ultimate Reloader will have a full unboxing, overview, and setup video/article after the press is released. What we do know is that the X-10 will come with:
- 10-station press assembly
- Case feeder
- Small and large priming systems
- Small and large swaging setups
X-10 Features and Specs
X-10 Die Stations Example (Pistol)
Example die stations (pistol):
- Case Insertion
- Sizing / De-Priming
- Secondary De-Priming
- Case Mouth Expansion
- Powder Charge
- Powder Check
- Bullet Seat
X-10 Total Cost of Ownership
- Press comes setup ready to load a particular caliber (minus dies)
- Cost of dies not included in these prices! (as Frankford Arsenal does not make full die sets)
What it’s for:
High-Volume reloading on a medium-size budget.
What it’s not for:
Commercial ammunition manufacturing, simple reloading.
- Setup time
X-10 Stories on Ultimate Reloader
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Frankford Arsenal X-10
LEE Pro 1000
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Total Cost of Ownership Recap
Inline Fabrication Mounts
KMS Squared UFO Press Lighting
8 thoughts on “THE Progressive Press Shootout (12 presses compared)”
I am sort of disappointed that their is no single press that fits my needs.
A) I reload 30-06 – not all accommodate
B) I reload 300 Winchester Magnum – not all accommodate
C) I reload tons of 9mm, 45 ACP, 223/5.56, 308 – high speed progressive needed
D) Hornady Lock-N-Load AP and RCBS Pro Chucker 7 fit for A) and B) but not C)
E) Only Mark 7 APEX 10 fits C) but NOT A) or B)
F) Swaging is important but is very stressful on progressive presses, thus I swage on a single stage Rock Chucker which is about 40 years old.
I have an rcbs pro 2000. I use it for 7.62×54 and 303brit or 7.7×56 if not u.s.. I’m fairly certain that I could do 3006 on it although I haven’t tried. It has good beef for sizing these cases. I like it but the cost to me was just a few shell plates so I may be jaded. Also used it for 7.5×55 308 and 6.5x53r dutch
John, there is no hard definition for “C” but a 1050 will do what you are asking up to 30-06 in my experience. I would ask the OEM what they say about 300 WM in terms of case and bullet feed.
John- I think the XL-750 with case feed and bullet feed is the ticket for you! It will do 30-06!
A couple of things I wish you would have added the warranty for each press (you mention it in general but not specific for each press) for i.e. DIllon on there lower end press lifetime warranty and the 1100 one year warranty (unless they change it). Also where they are made (you mention it on a few of them but not all of them).
When I got my L-N-L AP I avoided Big Blue because their powder measure was said to be less accurate than drum types, primer safety concerns and I didn’t want to hand over my wallet and tell them to take whatever it cost. It was said, Team Red lacking floating die head had to be precision manufactured and produced precision ammo as a result. Now I have a reloader that requires some ongoing tinkering compared to Big Blue which was said to run on rails and the Red Team gets no respect.
My L-N-L AP has sat for awhile but when I had contacted Hornady CS in the past I sometimes got someone interested in helping me solve my problem and sometimes got someone who treated like I was looking for a problem and since they were not overcharging for a BS Warranty, we’re not interested in any fixes that might cost them.
Now I’m older and retired, shocked at component prices more than doubling with things like primers near impossible to get or the ideal powder choice unavailable, Im thinking I like precision loading on my single stage Co-Ax. Anyway who is buying these mega ammo plants when you can’t keep them fed or afford to keep them feed ?
Thanks Gavin, I have been looking to get a new progressive press to replace a destroyed RL550b
May go with the RL550c as I never had an issue with the RL550b ever
But that XL 750 has me thinking…
I run both a Dillon 550 B with case feeder and a Lee Loadmaster. No question the Dillon is a better press, but you get what you pay for.
The Loadmaster can be fiddly. You need to be the kind of person who loves to tinker and make things work in order to be happy with the L/M in my opinion.
I load .44 mag and .44 Special on the L/M
All other pistol calibers-9mm, 38/357, 45 ACP and .45 Colt on the Dillon.
I like the case feeder on the Dillon because it allows me to concentrate on the powder drop and bullet seating stations. It also can be a p.i.a. at times, especially with .45 acp cases not wanting to center on the decapping station, but like other Dillon products it is well made and backed by solid customer support.
Now Gavin. Time for a shotshell reloading press shootout.