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Old 11-16-2011, 11:07   #1
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How many of ya'll started loading with a Lee Loader?

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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Old 11-16-2011, 11:18   #2
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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
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Old 11-16-2011, 11:23   #3
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"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.
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Old 11-16-2011, 12:04   #4
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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.

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Old 11-16-2011, 12:07   #5
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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.
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I get mine out once in a while when I want to kick it old school.

For some reason I really enjoy mine.
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Old 11-16-2011, 13:54   #7
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Old 11-16-2011, 14:33   #8
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Old 11-16-2011, 14:43   #9
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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...

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Old 11-16-2011, 14:51   #10
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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...
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Old 11-16-2011, 15:02   #12
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Yea I still have mine. I should probably get some more for calibers I don't load often.
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Old 11-16-2011, 15:11   #13
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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. I take my time and carefully measure, weight and sort my ammo for consistency.
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Old 11-16-2011, 16:30   #14
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Me too. 44mag back in 1984.

How many of you burnt your fingers seating a primer with that thing. (Me too)
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Old 11-16-2011, 17:39   #15
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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.
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Old 11-16-2011, 17:43   #16
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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.

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Old 11-16-2011, 17:48   #17
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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.
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Old 11-16-2011, 18:08   #18
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Lee Loader

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.


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Old 11-16-2011, 18:27   #19
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Started in 1975 with the 38 special kit
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Old 11-16-2011, 18:27   #20
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Has anyone here loaded 12ga shotgun shells with one? I saw one 5-6 years ago. I think they might not be made anymore.
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Old 11-16-2011, 19:00   #21
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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.
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I set off a few primers with a .38/.357 version in 1983.
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Old 11-16-2011, 19:06   #23
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Well I am not that old, started on a lee pro 1000 when I was 18, still use the same loaded 11 years later.
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Old 11-16-2011, 19:29   #24
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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!
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Old 11-17-2011, 09:01   #25
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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.
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