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Christmas gift idea: Lee Loader

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by Fox, Nov 27, 2011.


  1. Fox

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    They only cost $25 new and they get the job done. I think it's a great way to get more shooters into reloading. Especially when a box of 20 rounds for .30-06 costs $30 these days.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UeEl9wZyabc
     

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  2. Uncle Don

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    This dude's really got it down.

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  4. TN.Frank

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    Nice Lee Loader video. I would do each step for all my cases, i.e. deprime all of em' then size and reprime them then powder and bullet and crimp all of them. By him doing it one at a time it actually looks like it'd go faster then doing it the way I use to. Looks like this vid came about 30 years too late.LOL.
    If someone just wants to keep a couple boxes of ammo loaded for hunting and wants to do it on a budget then you can't beat a Lee Loader. They're compact, inexpensive, you can use them just about anywhere and once you've got the Lee Loader tool you can pick up some primers, powder and bullets and you're "good to go".
    Of course the next step up would be a Lyman 310 "nut cracker" tool. Those are just as handy and personally, I think just a bit safer since you don't prime with a hammer. :rofl:
     
  5. fredj338

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    IMO, not worth the $20 unless you just have tons of time to spare. Sure, ti can male ammo, but for $100, you get a cheap lee press, dies & dippers & the job is a lot easier.
     
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    It would be great for a BOB (bug out bag).

    The only problem is choosing one caliber.:supergrin:
     
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    I've thought about that, but where do you get primers & bullets? Powder can be scrounged from SG shells, but bullets & primers, if you have to carry them, might as well carry ammo. FWIW, 9mm would be the obvious choice.
     
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  8. garyjandfamily

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    A few years ago, my son bought a Taurus Judge so I set him up with a .45 LC Lee Loader, Unique Powder and 500 rounds of lead SWC. I had never used one, so we did learn the hard way that priming with a hammer is a exercise in finesse, not brute strength!! He worked the night shift for Dell customer support, and would take his Lee Loader with him. Loaded up all 500 rounds in short order! He got to be pretty fast with the thing.

    BTW - my favorite name for loading with the Lee Loader is "Whack-a-mole Loading"!! :rofl:
     
  9. TN.Frank

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    I was kind of thinking the same thing. If a person had to hit the high country and survive off of the land you could keep yourself in rifle ammo with a Lee Loader, some primers, powder and bullets. Of course I'd be going for something in 30/30, 45-70 or the like. I can't really see someone using a Lee Loader for handgun ammo, especially if it's a semi-auto but for a bolt action, lever action or single shot rifle you could keep your ammo loaded up for hunting.
     
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    Match heads and campfire melted lead or .. worse case Zinc off the tires of broken down cars!:supergrin:

    reloading primers with matches (corrosive)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x0jxpLH8FtY&feature=results_video&playnext=1&list=PL9AE60D07D7B0510C
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9p1Xv6eDFjo&feature=related
     
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  11. TN.Frank

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    The CIA Improvised Munitions Handbook had an entire chapter on reloading spent primers with toy caps, using match heads in place of powder and other "interesting" stuff about covert reloading.
    If you pick a ctg. like 45/70 you could easily carry a small lead pot, dipper and mold with you and use scrounged wheel weights(avoid the zinc ones) to cast bullets for it. 1000 primers and a lb of powder would go a long way in loading such a ctg. or you can even go with something like 45Colt or 44Mag and get by with a bit less powder so it'd go further.
    Also you'd figure in a SHTF situation loaded ammo would be gone pretty fast but most won't bother the primers, powder or lose bullets so you can scrounge stuff like that from Sporting Goods Stores easier then loaded ammo.
    Dang, now ya'll got me wanting to pick up a Lee Loader but then I'd have to get a gun to shoot the ammo in and with funds the way they are my wife would NEVER go for that. :crying:
     
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    It really speeds the process up if you order the case feeder.
     
  14. garyjandfamily

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    OK - I didn't ROTFL, but you did get a pretty good snicker out of me on that one! :cool:
     
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    Silly flatlanders... shoot muzzle loader flintlocks and a cap and ball revolver as your back-up.

    You guys would starve to death if we locked you in a Safeway over night. :whistling:


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    The OP is right this is exactly how I got my start my father had one of these in his gun cabinet drawer and I started with it at around age 15 now I am 23 and am neck deep in reloading and shooing the only reason I can shoot as much as I can is because I took up reloading. Excellent idea if you know the person is smart enough not to blow himself up and has the gumption to reload.
     
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    I think this is the key to the entire deal. If they're willing to take the time to learn how to use the tool right and it's for something that's not high volume then I'd say go for it. It'd be a great way to introduce them to reloading.
     
  18. fredj338

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    Right, so you are going to carry a bullet mold & melting pot? Not to mention the unreliable ignition system of camp fire matches. Sound romantic but not practical. For a BUG, take a caliber/gun that you can always find ammo for. A Glock 9mm or something in 22lr comes to mind as well as an AR, but reloading on the move, not really practical, but of course could be done..:dunno:
     
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  19. thorn137

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    I'd rather be given 100 rds of WWB than a Lee Loader.

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  20. DoctaGlockta

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    I think the intent of the OP was in the vain of 'Teach a man to fish....'

    Mind you it is with a pretty primitive fishing pole but none the less.
     
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