Monday, April 21, 2008

The Lee Pro 1000

Yesterday I got the chance to set up and test drive my new Lee Pro 1000.

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My previous presses (an RCBS Rock Chucker and a Reloader Special) have been heavy duty, all steel presses. So I was a bit concerned when I noticed all the light weight materials on the Lee Pro 1000. But what the heck, it was a good deal and I already had it home. Getting it setup took a bit of tinkering, but once I did, I just blew through my last 150 bullets in no time.

All I can say is "so far, so good". Another 1000 bullets are on the way from Precision Bullets, then I'll be able to give it a good shake down.

One thing is for sure. When reloading range ammo, I'll not be using a single stage press again.

5 comments:

Robb Allen said...

Unfortunately, my Lee Turret press has become pretty much a single stage. For some reason I can't get the turret to advance every time. I ordered a new collar for the main shaft rotating thingie, but to no avail.

However, it hasn't really affected me that much. Turrets are only so fast anyway since they work on a single round at a time.

I've made good ammo so far with the Lee. I've heard some grumblings that the lighter weight materials flex a bit which can throw off accuracy, but being that I'm a plinker / Minute of Bad Guy type shooter, that's never been my main concern.

Soon I'll be using my press in true single stage mode (removing the turning rod altogether) for rifle.

Let us know how it works for you!

BobG said...

Let us know how it works out; I'm still using an old Rock Chucker that I've had for years.

JR said...

The consistancey of this press is great. The powder was spot on, 3.9 gr of Clays each and every measured shot. The OAL stayed within a couple thou, good enough for pistol range ammo.

the pistolero said...

I really like my RCBS turret, but I'd love to upgrade to some sort of progressive press before it's all said and done. I've heard Lee makes pretty good stuff. What exactly is the Lee press made of?

red said...

I just ordered this kit in .45 acp from Midway. Glad to hear you like it.

I borrowed your picture but gave you credit and a link.