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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4 years 24 weeks ago, 8:50 PM