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How many of ya'll started loading with a Lee Loader?

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by TN.Frank, Nov 16, 2011.

  1. TN.Frank

    TN.Frank Glock4Life

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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.
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  2. Ajax27

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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
     


  3. ColoCG

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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.:supergrin:
     
  4. Uncle Don

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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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  5. TN.Frank

    TN.Frank Glock4Life

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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.
     
  6. I get mine out once in a while when I want to kick it old school.

    For some reason I really enjoy mine.
     
  7. GioaJack

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  8. Wives? :dunno:
     
  9. F106 Fan

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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...:rofl:

    Richard
     
  10. garyjandfamily

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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...
     
  11. GioaJack

    GioaJack Conifer Jack

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


    Jack
     
  12. Yea I still have mine. I should probably get some more for calibers I don't load often.
     
  13. 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.
     
  14. dbarry

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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)
     
  15. GoonGlock21

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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.
     
  16. hogfish

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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.

    bang, bang, Pow! :supergrin:
     
  17. 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.
     
  18. 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
     
  19. Shootist2

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  20. hogfish

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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.
    :dunno: