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2 years 25 weeks ago, 8:50 PM

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Santa (that's me) was good enough to bring me a new press for Christmas. I've been loading for thirty years on a RCBS Rock Chucker of one generation or another. I finally had time to set the Lee Pro 1000 up and spend some time with it. First couple of hours I was ready to dis-mount it and go back to single stage! I kept tweaking and adjusting and learning and now can say I'm happy. The primer feed gave me the 1st and most aggravating issues. Like all other reviews say "keep the tray full"! Mixed brass is another pain in the ass. Federal and Blazer are small primer cases. Just one of these missed in sorting brings things to a screeching halt. Be vigilant when sorting brass. The case feeder is dependable to a fault. 3 to go and it will double feed cases and shut you down again! (still tweaking on this issue). The powder measure/case charge system is ultra reliable and charge accuracy is acceptable for practice/range ammo. The biggest gripe/adjustment falls on operator experience/conditioning. Seating primers and getting the "feel" for proper seating took a bit to get the hang of, once that was done, it moved along at a nice clip. The last timed lot of 50 took 15 minutes. (that includes a phone call during the timed duration). It likely too just over 10 minutes to load a box. I'll address component prices compared to commercial ammo next. EYE OPENER!

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2 years 25 weeks ago, 8:55 PM

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to slow

I can go thru the checkout line in under 3 minutes!

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2 years 25 weeks ago, 9:00 PM

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Too slow

drive time included?

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2 years 25 weeks ago, 9:12 PM

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Good job!

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2 years 25 weeks ago, 9:20 PM

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I ran through 2 boxes of "secret recipie" today and had a great time! less than 10 bucks and lots of lead downrange. I'm getting better at handeling the 1911 too!

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2 years 25 weeks ago, 9:51 PM

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i was just giving ya a hard time,Lee got a Lee,damn good i say.

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2 years 25 weeks ago, 9:53 PM

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LBC, No sweat

I'm just happy as a swamp sow eatin' briars! Gotta brag a bit. You just keep kicking the prop! LOL!

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2 years 25 weeks ago, 10:14 PM

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ha

i reckon so...

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2 years 25 weeks ago, 2:10 PM

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how long did it take on the single stage?

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2 years 24 weeks ago, 8:04 PM

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In a groove it took an hour per hundred! Farting around could take all day to do 50.

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2 years 24 weeks ago, 8:14 PM

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Word of caution!

I said I would tell on myself and here's the deal. Feeding and seating of primers on the Lee 1000 takes considerable care and practice! I missed a couple of primers being properly seated(missing) and "assumed that the powder charge was intact. Once yesterday and once on saturday I had to field strip the 1911 and dislodge the projectile from the throat of the barrel. (primer fired, no powder, no recoil) When the pistol don't buck, shut the fuck down and do an inspection of all components. Eject the mag and lock the slide open! Check the bore as if your life depended on it!
Reloading and shooting are a great hobby. It is still fucking dangerous if you don't pay attention!

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2 years 24 weeks ago, 8:37 PM

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just wanted all to be aware of some issues with progressive loaders.

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2 years 24 weeks ago, 10:47 PM

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Primer tip

It's good advice Vaq, and you never know, it could save someone's life. I wouldn't apologize for that. One of the reasons rapid fire worries me. boom boom (no boom) kerblooey!

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2 years 24 weeks ago, 8:38 PM

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2 years 24 weeks ago, 8:59 PM

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1hr per 100....thats not bad. I can deal with that. maybe ill be faster, seein as im younger...HAHAHA

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2 years 24 weeks ago, 9:06 PM

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BFT & younger

Don't bet on it! You hear of muscle memory for drawing and targeting. It applies just as much to running a press. I aint trying to be a downer, just want your expectations to be realistic. (besides, I loaded over 500 rounds this weekend and my arms and shoulders aint sore at all).
GEEZER POWER!!

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2 years 24 weeks ago, 9:18 PM

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haha...GEEZPOWER..old fart or not, youve got more practice and knowledge, but just you wait. After I get one, and pick your brain about reloading, watch out..lol

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2 years 24 weeks ago, 9:33 PM

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Speaking of Geezers

Just got off the phone with Padre. His internet connection is giving him some grief. If any of yall are waiting on a reply to a PM or just waiting on greg, he asked that you excersise some patience.
Thanks.
(especially LLE) : )

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2 years 24 weeks ago, 9:48 PM

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work LOL !!

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2 years 24 weeks ago, 10:48 PM

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Classic!

lol

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2 years 24 weeks ago, 1:46 AM

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I'm here, and the rest of you lops are gone. so i guess its time to do some reading and pm response.. Hope the router stays routing till tomorrow.. prunes.. sheesh

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