Keep your eye on places like Craigs List and even Ebay for used presses. Its not like anything wears out really then all you need is the dies new. Check out Shotgun News if you can get with it, Gun List ect, they all sell that stuff discounted to death and especially local gun shows. They are your best bet.
Personally I never liked a 45. I had to hump a Colt for 4 years as an army MP and I never could hit well with them be it an old army special or a Gold Cup. Give me a Glock any day in 40 cal. The first thing I did when I had a few bucks was go out and buy a model 23 and leave Custom's stupid Colt 6 shooter at home until they made me start carrying their Glock 21 in 9 MM. I always shot way better and far faster with the 40 than than either the 9mm or 357. I never could see a 45 for self defense really. I once shot some in silvertip hollowpoints into a wet couple Denver phone books and they didn't even open up a bit fired point blank. My 357 plus P's opened up to over 50 cal just like they say they do and I guarantee a 40 will go a bit bigger possibly with more controlability. When I was in the army a guy shot himself straight through the abdominal area with his by holding it backwards and opening it to clean the thing, seeing the mag and releasing the slide in the confusion. He had his trigger finger on the backstrap safety so it fired as soon as it closed up. He plugged both holes with his and another guys wound pack, they took him to the hospital and he was back in 3 weeks no worse for the wear. Another guy managed to put one through his holster down the side of his boot and ankle just slicing the boot and the edge of the leather sole. That ball round didn't even get stuck in the hardwood floor of the military short body school bus and only left a dent. I never had a lot of faith in them after that stunt aside from the legendary stopping power of 100 years ago but times have changed. Those big humping rounds are heavy too especially if you have to drag em around all night long.
Anyone hear anything more about that knuclehead US Air pilot who blew a hole in his plane on approach. One has to wonder why he was messing with the thing in the first place, probably some predeparture unloading procedure management dreamed up and he was doing it early. Whoopsie,
even with that frangible exploding type non penetrating round they use.