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Old February 8th, 2017, 03:19 PM   #16
 
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I've used a variety of Lee products, other than there presses, and have never really had a bad experience. After better than 45 years of reloading I've used RCBS in there presses exclusively, in fact any problem I've ever had they were quick to replace at no cost, pretty much like Dillon, which is probably why there presses cost so much.



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Try a Hornady lnl with the bullet rebate. I love mine great press great customer service.

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I have the Lee Loadmaster and never had any issues with it, yes there are a few minor adjustments to be made, but after that it has been running fine for 4 years now. I have loaded over 7000 rounds, including 357. 38 and 9mm and to this day it still running great would not change it for a more expensive one.
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I would go with the Lee classic Turret if you want a progressive on a budget. But then I'm happy with my Lee Classic cast single. I'm not in a hurry.
But I have 1k of 9mm and 4k of 5.56 in the cabinet as well as a pile of .357, ,45 AP and .308 Win. The .308 American get 1" at 200 yards so it's "Precision" enough for me. I also load .22-250 for my best friends Dad to keep his garden clear of vermin.(I don't own a .22-250 though, yet)
But as far as brand of reloading equipment I have Hornady, Lee, RCBS, Forster and Lyman on the bench and I'm happy with it all.
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Well all this talk about the 1000 not worth it, I went down to the press and cranked out 1,000 9mm's today. I can load 100 shells in 11 minutes, then restock case feeder, primers, powder, takes about4 minutes(primer flipper not the best this is where most time is used). Keep going through the next 100 at another 11 minutes, and "feed" the press again.

As an average, without pressing for time, it will turn out 350-400 shells and hour. Good enough for me.

It does take time to get things "right", mainly keeping the primer trough CLEAN and Full, but once that is done it just cranks them out.
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Old February 9th, 2017, 03:12 PM   #21
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Thanks for the replies. Just watched a few utube vids on the lee 4 hole turret press . Might go with that I think.
I bought a pro 1000 in the mid-late 80s as my first press and after headaches, learning it, and doing some tinkering, it loaded a lot of ammo. Not sure about the new ones but the whole mechanism with the shell plate had to be swapped out to change calibers so I ended up leaving mine dedicated for .45acp. Since then, I've owned/own several high end presses but bang for the buck, I don't think you'll beat a Lee classic 4 hole turret press. Not as fast as a progressive but much faster than a single stage and it works well. I bought one awhile back on sale at gander mountain for $94 shipped and it's great. I ended up buying extra turrets and caliber changes are done in seconds and I use the Lee Auto Drum with them. Since using it, my other presses see little use. The best thing I like about it is the turret spins vs. the shell holder so there's never any powder spilled unlike when I used a Hornady LNL AP which was a constant problem when loading cases with high volume of powder. Again, best bang and fun for the buck I've found in a long time.

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I like Lee powder scoops.
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Most Lee products are not only excellent, but are value priced. Lee has excellent customer service. While their progressive press may have issues, the Lee Classic turret press I use is reliable and durable (I have loaded many thousands of rounds using my press), and I would recommend it highly to the OP. I use it primarily to load .357 magnum, and I can do 100-150 rounds in an hour safely and precisely. The powder system delivers powder to my cases extremely consistently.
Thank you for this post. I have the same setup and have 3 turrets set up for .45 ACP, 9mm, and .223. I have no issues with it. A reloading friend has a Dillon for his pistol rounds. He loves it. When another friend asked what to buy, the one with the Dillon told him to come talk to me. Both were impressed with the Classic turret. I have not tried a 1000 so I can't comment on it. If Lee is low quality, I will take the low quality since it turns out identical rounds time after time.
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Well I couldn't wait and bought the lee 4 hole turret and auto disk powder thrower.
Havnt used it yet. Just ordered the adjustable charge bar and the expander die riser. So should be good to go soon.
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I would recommend running a 1/2 pound of powder through the Auto Disk after de-greasing it. It will coat all the inside parts & help with static.
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Their 4-hole turret press is GTG & is all I & several of my buds use. I set mine up with complete turrets, including powder measure for 9mm, 357, 45ACP & 41 so changing calibers is ridiculously easy.
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Make SURE the primer feeder trough is CLEAN and keep it full!

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Congratulations. Once you get your process down pat, I think you will be pleased with the results.
Another tip--before actually loading, run about 10 shells through the powder dispensing step. I've seen it take up to that many for it to consistently drop the same amount of powder. It only takes a minute and is worth the trouble. I try to weigh the first 10 actual loadings and then 1 out of every 5 or 10 after that when I feel good about the powder drop. Maybe overkill, but it is just a little more time involved.
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Thanks for the handy tips. I will be taking my time at first and double checking everything until I get to know this press for reliability and consistency . Cheers gunna.
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Let us know how it works.

I've been using a Lee classic 4-hole turret for approx. 10 years. In fact I have 2 and both work flawlessly.

I don't use the auto-index or the auto-disk powder thing. I just use a funnel in the Powder-through die. The only trouble I've had is the triangle primer holder is kinda finicky. The older round style seemed to work better for me.

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