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Old February 7th, 2017, 09:55 PM   #1
 
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Lee 1000 progressive reloader

Hi, I've been looking at upgrading my trusty old lee single stage press.
I want to buy a progressive press without spending a fortune. i will be reloading .357 mag for my GP100 for now and maybe 9mm down the track. I'm a casual shooter at my local range so I don't go through that much ammo. So whatever press I get , it will not get heavy use. Anyone use the lee 1000 as pictured ?. Any pros and cons about this model would be appreciated . Cheers gunna.
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Old February 8th, 2017, 12:13 AM   #2
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Save your money and get a better press. If you gave me a lee progressive, I would turn around and give it away instead of using it. I know about 3-4 persons that bought that press and got rid of it within one year. too many complaints on powder system and priming system.
Yes some will come on here and praise it, but if you do a search you will find too many complaints to justify buying it.
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Don't buy the Lee 1000. It has too many issues that will drive you nuts! My friend bought one and we tried to set it up. Frustrating to say the least! We gave up and he sent it back to Lee. They offered an exchange of a 4-hole turret press which he loves.
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I'm with HBK........I stated in another thread that I avoid anything with "Lee" attached to it. I purchased a Lee turret press back in the late 80's, I had it for six months......a total POS.

People who rant and rave about a Lee press haven't had their hand on a quality piece of equipment. Save your money and buy a Dillon if at all possible. You won't regret it.

There's a reason why they call the company Dillon Precision.


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If I really wanted to troll i could point out that Lee's official name is Lee Precision. But I wouldn't want to do that.
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If I really wanted to troll i could point out that Lee's official name is Lee Precision. But I wouldn't want to do that.
I wouldn't point that out either.........there's nothing "Precision" about their products.



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I have two Lee presses I use all the time. I use Lee dies, powder measures, and the Auto Prime hand tools with total satisfaction. I bought Lee Pro 1000 progressive in .45acp for the same reasons the OP stated. It was the most frustrating, aggravating, piece of garbage I ever wasted my money on. This is the worst product Lee makes, and a major reason so many people bad-mouth Lee's quality. Nothing I could do would make the primer feed work. A case would leave the priming station without a primer, then be charged with powder which would spill into the press body making a big, flammable mess. Worse yet was when the Pro 1000 would tilt the primer 90 degrees before seating it, trashing the case and locking up the press. I unbolted it, stripped it of usable parts (dies, turret, powder-measure) and it sits in a box. Short version...DO NOT BUY.
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I too bought the Pro 1000, just like others due to price. Yes it has a few quirks, but I have had acceptable results loading 9mm. I have loaded over 10,000 shells on this and when I run at an appropriate rate, it runs fine. Loading about 350 rds an hour. My measure drops accurately. Biggest problem is primer feed, but once figured out works well.

Yes, when it has problems it's a PITA until you figure it out.

Yes, If I was shooting IDPA, IPSC or any other game where I needed thousands of rounds a week/month, it would be Dillion!

I shot competitive 3 Gun NRA for about 30 years. Never trusted a progressive back then. Loaded over 1 million 45 acp and 38spl on a single stage. Had lots of brass and time. Cast my own bullets then also, 4 cavity die, and Star luber/sizer. Loaded all winter to shoot all year.
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I had one years ago, but I spent more time tinkering with the thing trying to make it work than actually turning out ammo.

If you are just going to load pistol calibers, I'd look at the Dillon Square Deal B.
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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.
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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.
Now that's a good choice! I've been very happy with it for a long time.
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Why are you wanting to upgrade old "trusty" since you are just a casual shooter?
Maybe saving your money would be a good option?

regards, Rob
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Back in the day (late '60s) I had a RCBS Rock Chucker and RCBS dies. Then I quit reloading for about 15 years and sold all my good 'ol stuff. A few years ago I got the urge to reload again and looked at RCBS products. Man, the prices were sky high and the presses were said to made overseas. So, I got a Lee 4-hole turret press and it works perfectly after I disconnected the auto advance and primer setter. I turn the dies manually and use a Lee auto bench primer now and have about $150 in the whole setup including several Lee die sets.
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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 also think that's a wise choice. I have the Lee 3 hole turret press (good, does the job) and the Lee 1000, which I now use as a single stage press as it just has too many flaws to use it for anything else.
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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.
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