The good thing about a progressive press is that for the most part every time you pull the handle you get a loaded round (once every station is filled). The bad thing is that there is a lot more to go wrong every time you pull the handle.
The 75gr HPBT bullets I bought from Widener's (made by PRVI in Europe) have a varied reputation. They shoot well enough that by the time I run out I might be better served to buy Nosler 77's or Hornady 75's instead. My experience has been good, they shoot better than M855 at all ranges I've been able to compare.
I've been using a Possom Hollow trimmer in a drill adapter, and it is working very well. If I could just figure out how to chamfer and deburr as quickly I could save a lot of time. But by chamfering/deburring whilst enjoying a television show with my wife I can keep up my productivity. I think that I can make things go quicker if I set up another box to chuck the chamfering tool in the drill...
Of course the great thing about power tools is how much faster you can make mistakes.
I've been doing some research into old rifles.
If you are going to make a Swede Sniper rifle in the M41 configuration all you need to do is take an m96 bend the bolt then slap on a Type 2 Short Slide Rail and a front sight hood for optics. And presto, you have a reproduction M41 sniper rifle. If you happened to use a Type 3 SSR like I did, then you need to remove the locking bolt from the top of the mount and find a way to fill the screw holes so that it looks like a Type 2.
If you want to make a Swede Sniper Rifle in the M41b configuration you need to use a Swede M41b mount, which is a Type 2 SSR with an additional Swede Only recoil control bolt on the front of it, replace the rear sight ladder with an m/55 micrometer style adjustment sight, and blue the bolt. Why they blued the bolt is beyond me.
If you happen to have a CAI receiver on your M1 Garand like I do then all the experts will tell you "spend the money and get a GI receiver from the CMP" which is not bad advice at all. The CAI receivers were investment cast the same as Springfield Armory M1As and we know what pieces of junk those are. Yes you get a bad one occasionally, but if it works then don't mess with it, right? We'll see if mine holds up or grenades in my face.
The CAI Garands started life in Italy as Breda M1's, saw service in Denmark (hence the Crown VAR marked barrels) and found their way as parts kits to Canada since the importation of Breda receivers is somehow a no-no. They are truly a Frankenstein rifle, and somehow that suits me just fine as all my military type rifles seem to be a mash up of parts from different manufacturers. One of the benefits of industrial production, interchangeable parts going back all the way to Simeon North and Eli Whitney. When Marko wrote that "Guns are Civilization" he must have been channeling my High School Sophomore history paper where I noted that "interchangeable parts for firearms commissioned by the newly formed US Congress sparked the industrial revolution in the United States." Truly guns make the world a better place, and if you don't agree you can shot down your computer, iPod, and cellphone before hanging yourself on a rope you make from your hair shirt.
I have yet to see an all parts matching rifle significantly outshoot a mixmaster rifle (although some juniors shoot with club rifles by Bushmaster or Armalite and do quite well). In the AR world we call those rifles "custom" instead of "Frankenstein" or "mix master". However I am sure that anyone who can shoot a factory match rifle well will shoot a custom rifle well.