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TN.Frank
11-16-2011, 12:07
So, any of ya'll remember those little Lee Loaders where you'd have to pound in your brass with a plastic mallet to size the case,LOL. I started my reloading life with one in .357Mag and used the plastic dipper to measure out the power charge. Loaded up quite a few rounds with that little set up. Finally moved up to a Lyman "Nut Cracker" when I got a pistol in 45 Colt, that was a huge step up from the Lee Loader. Then I went to a Lyman Hand Press and finally to my current RCBS Partner Press which has served me well for over 20 years.
Still, for some reason I just thought about that Lee Loader and wondered how many of us have gotten our start loading ammo with one.
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Ajax27
11-16-2011, 12:18
yep, started out with one of them loading 38 special wadcutters, got a lee hand press now, not even words for how much more advanced I feel haha

ColoCG
11-16-2011, 12:23
"So, any of ya'll remember those little Lee Loaders where you'd have to pound in your brass with a plastic mallet to size the case,LOL. I started my reloading life with one in .357Mag and used the plastic dipper to measure out the power charge. Loaded up quite a few rounds with that little set up. Finally moved up to a Lyman "Nut Cracker" when I got a pistol in 45 Colt, that was a huge step up from the Lee Loader. Then I went to a Lyman Hand Press and finally to my current RCBS Partner Press which has served me well for over 20 years.
Still, for some reason I just thought about that Lee Loader and wondered how many of us have gotten our start loading ammo with one."


I skipped your 1st part. I started with the Lyman 310 "Nut Cracker" in .38spl and .44mag, then progressed to a RCBS JR. when I started loading .270Win. all in an apartment many years ago. I don't miss those days at all.:supergrin:

Uncle Don
11-16-2011, 13:04
Good question and thread.

1984 or 85 - did about 200 in 38 Special and came to the quick concusion that a press was in my future.

TN.Frank
11-16-2011, 13:07
I remember it taking the better part of the afternoon to load up a box of 50 .357Mag rounds. The Lee Loader worked but was no speed demon. Years later I was the Loading Guy at Caswell's in Mesa,AZ and pulled the handle on a couple Dillion 1050's that they had, now THOSE are speed demons. You could load up 50 rounds in about a minute if everything went well.

DoctaGlockta
11-16-2011, 13:20
I get mine out once in a while when I want to kick it old school.

For some reason I really enjoy mine.

GioaJack
11-16-2011, 14:54
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I never throw anything away.


Jack

DoctaGlockta
11-16-2011, 15:33
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I never throw anything away.


Jack

Wives? :dunno:

F106 Fan
11-16-2011, 15:43
Wives? :dunno:

Sure, I have gotten rid of a couple of wives but I have EVERY loading press I have even bought. And they still work for a living...:rofl:

Richard

garyjandfamily
11-16-2011, 15:51
I didn't, but when my son bought himself a Judge, I set him up with a Lee Loader for .45 Long Colt. He loaded 500 rounds with that thing. It's in my reloading room now - I'm keeping it and the gun for him for a while. He's in Afghanistan, so Uncle Sam keeps him in firearms...

GioaJack
11-16-2011, 15:56
Wives? :dunno:


Caveat... I never throw away anything of value.


Jack

m2hmghb
11-16-2011, 16:02
Yea I still have mine. I should probably get some more for calibers I don't load often.

fgutie35
11-16-2011, 16:11
Yeap. I wanted to know the fundamentals of reloading to understand how to make accurate ammo. I got the Lee Loader for 30-06.It allowed me to meticuliously inspect every stage in the loading process with 100% quality conrol. The result? 168gr Sierra Match Kings hitting the same hole, shot after shot at 100 yards. I was very impressed. After that, I bought myself target quality dies and a lee handloader. I don't sell ammo, so is not in my best interest to push 100 rounds per minute.:supergrin: I take my time and carefully measure, weight and sort my ammo for consistency.

dbarry
11-16-2011, 17:30
Me too. 44mag back in 1984.

How many of you burnt your fingers seating a primer with that thing. (Me too)

GoonGlock21
11-16-2011, 18:39
I just started with a lee 4 hole turret press, does that count? I have been cleaning, preping, and primeing brass all day. thinking about getting the powder charging die for it, seems the easiest way to get powder in the casing.

hogfish
11-16-2011, 18:43
I started with a Lee Loader in .30-06. Still use it once in a while. I've never been able to load 20 rounds w/o, at least, a couple blown primers.

bang, bang, Pow! :supergrin:

Shadyscott69
11-16-2011, 18:48
Me too. Loaded my first round with one in the late 70's with my dad. Good old .222 Remington

Side note: He still has that old Savage bolt gun. It has wood that rivals any Browning or Weatherby ever made. My how things change.

dwhite53
11-16-2011, 19:08
Started around 1979/1980 with one in .30-06. Guy I bought a Winchester model 670 from through it in with the deal with bullets and a 1/2 pound of IMR-3031. Guess the '06 was just too much gun for him.

Made a bunch of ammo on that thing. Still have it. Think it helped develop good loading habits as I was making one round at a time.


All the Best,
D. White

Shootist2
11-16-2011, 19:27
Started in 1975 with the 38 special kit

hogfish
11-16-2011, 19:27
Has anyone here loaded 12ga shotgun shells with one? I saw one 5-6 years ago. I think they might not be made anymore.
:dunno:

TN.Frank
11-16-2011, 20:00
Me too. 44mag back in 1984.

How many of you burnt your fingers seating a primer with that thing. (Me too)

Never burnt my fingers but I did set off a primer or three.

Cfish
11-16-2011, 20:02
I set off a few primers with a .38/.357 version in 1983.

michael e
11-16-2011, 20:06
Well I am not that old, started on a lee pro 1000 when I was 18, still use the same loaded 11 years later.

scattershot
11-16-2011, 20:29
I started just as you did, with the Lee Loader, then a nutcracker, then a Lyman Spartan. I currently have a Dillon 550, but I sure remember my roots!

FLSlim
11-17-2011, 10:01
I think that was all I could afford back in the late 70s. I was in "high cotton" being able to reload for my shooting needs! I had and still have one each for 357 and 44 mag, plus the powder scoop kit. They worked and I never blew myself up (amazing), but I think I'll not break them out and start using them again.

halfmoonclip
11-17-2011, 13:04
Lee makes wonderful dies at incredible prices, including undersize sizing dies that no one else offers.

That said, I wouldn't let one of their presses into the shop, and that single stage thing is so slow as to make you crazy. The low price was sheer genius, tho', as the big problem with reloading is getting all the stuff you need to start. The Lee thing let you shortcut that problem.

I was lucky enough to start out with an RCBS O-press, on the advice of friends and fellow reloaders. I've had a Dillon for nearly 30 years, and the 550 is one of the best things ever done for shooters.
Moon

wdphillips
11-17-2011, 13:22
The Lee Loader for .45 LC is how I started. It taught me the basics of reloading.

Personally I am glad that is the way I started. I would recommend the Lee Loader to anyone!

curlysir
11-17-2011, 16:00
Still have mine in 38 Super. Just unpacked it last week when I was unpacking my reloading equipment. Also found my Lee hand primer which made priming much easier. Went from it to a Lee 3 hole turret press and then to a Lee Load Master.

TN.Frank
11-17-2011, 16:32
I think for someone on the go or living in an apartment the Lyman 310 Tool "Nut Cracker" is a great way to load up a box or two of pistol ammo in an afternoon.
If I were living off of the land, out and about I'd keep a 310 in 45 Colt and use a good single action revolver and lever gun in that caliber to hunt with. Then I could load up a box when needed and be pretty much set where ammo was concerned.

BK63
11-17-2011, 19:22
Don't laugh. If TSHTF some day and you are living in a cave, you can still reload :supergrin:

TN.Frank
11-17-2011, 19:48
Don't laugh. If TSHTF some day and you are living in a cave, you can still reload :supergrin:

If I'm living in a cave I'll probably have a flintlock. You can always make up a batch of black powder and find a rock that'll spark. Then all ya' need is to cast up some round balls and you'd be good to go.

Goldstar225
11-19-2011, 06:56
I got my start reloading in the late 70's with a Lee Loader. I used it for a year or so then bought a used Bonanza single stage that I use to this day. I would never willingly go back to the Lee Loader but I'm glad it was there for my first efforts at reloading.

Wyoming
11-19-2011, 16:27
WOW! that brings back memories! I first started reloading with a 35 Remington Lee Loader for a Marlin Leveraction. I didn't stay with it that long before buying a Pacific "C" press.

I still have my Lee Target Loader in 30-06. I cost $27 in 1970's. They are no longer made. I have seen the Lee Target Loader sell for over $100 on eBay!

rg1
11-19-2011, 16:44
I didn't start with the Lee loader but they got me started. My brother-in-law was loading for his .243 with one and it was the 1st reloader I'd ever seen making his own ammo. At the time I thought how amazing it was too make your own ammunition. After seeing him reload I got interested and bought a press kit for my beginning hobby. That was in the 70's.

bdhawk
11-20-2011, 09:20
yep, i started on the lee loader, in '72 or '73, prolly '73. it worked well, but i had trouble [prolly my fault] with the priming phase of the operation. i had a couple of primers ignite at an inopportune time. after about only 200 frustrating rounds, i bought a lymnn C press.

frankt
11-21-2011, 18:59
I started out loading with one of those little Lee loaders in 1976. I loaded .41 Magnum on the dining room table in my apartment.
I cooked off a primer between my fingers and went and bought the lee priming tool that did one primer at a time.
I progressed to a RCBS Rock Chucker a few years later when I bought a house. I still have the RCBS but do most of my loading now on a Lee Classic Turret.

I sold my Lee Loader on Ebay just a couple of months ago.