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LEE Anniversary Kit...

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by 3rdgen40, Jan 10, 2010.

  1. 3rdgen40

    3rdgen40 .45 fanatic

    May 3, 2008
    Is this a good outfit for someone just starting to reload , on a very limited budget ?
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    Product #: 423081
    | Manufacturer #: 90050

    Status: Available
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    <!-- end characteristicsBlock -->Our Price: $91.99

    *ETA*...The only caliber I will be loading for now is 40 S&W.
    Last edited: Mar 16, 2010
  2. 3rdgen40

    3rdgen40 .45 fanatic

    May 3, 2008
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  3. ChrisJn

    ChrisJn "Old Bill"

    Dec 30, 2008
    Baldwin Co, Alabama
    On a limited budget - yes. The press itself is excellent, but it might not be long before you want to upgrade the scale and powder measure.
    Take it very slow, enjoy, and good luck.
  4. skyugo


    Nov 23, 2008
    Loveland CO
    i started with a similar setup...
    get comfortable with what you're doing, then go to a progressive! :cool:
  5. DWARREN123

    DWARREN123 Grumpy Old Guy

    Jan 25, 2008
    Clarksville, Tn.
    It is what I started with a few years ago and still use. I only do 40 S&W these days and it works great for me. I reload on average 250 rounds a week and have never had a problem with any of the components.
    I like it because I inspect at each and every stage and can catch any misstep right away.
  6. Boxerglocker

    Boxerglocker Jacks #1 Fan

    Mar 6, 2003
    Lynnwood, WA
    The scale is garbage and the powder drop is not good... you will be shortly looking to upgrade. I gather you will looking to load either 9mm /.40 S&W?

    I understand that budget is a concern but and LCT kit from Kempfs is by far the best set-up for a beginner you can go with if you intend to load any sort of volume for pistol.

    Better Press, better powder drop, get the upgrade for and extra $15 for large and small primer feed. Includes a set of deluxe dies for one caliber and enough MTM boxes for 300 rounds. Shipping is cheap and no sales tax.

    Yes your doubling you initial investment, but loading for .40 you make it back in about 2K rounds.
    Last edited: Jan 10, 2010
  7. Hydraulicman


    May 21, 2007
    yes. You might consider getting a beam scale like the dillon (it's actually lower cost then most good scales)
  8. thats the kit i started with just over a year ago. i currently still use only the press and powder measure. i reload 45acp and 308. i got a RCBS universal hand priming tool and a RCBS Rangemaster 750 digital scale.

    DEADLYACCURATE Senior Member

    Oct 24, 2009
    Yea I started with the exact same thing except it was the breech lock challenger kit. The only change in that kit is that it comes with the auto prime.
  10. decibels5


    Sep 14, 2009
    I use it, a little slow, but gets the job done. I enjoy my time making boolits (my 4yr old talking), while my daughter separates my brass.
  11. robin303

    robin303 Helicopter Nut

    Sep 27, 2009
    Austin, TX
    To be quite honest I bought that from Cabela&#8217;s two weeks ago. I like it. I put up with the scale and with the 3 powders that I have and measure low and add to make it balance out. Once you get it dialed in it&#8217;s pretty dang close. Since I&#8217;m new to this also I measure each and calibrate each round and take notes big time. What ever you do get the carbide dies with the crimper in a set for about $35. I&#8217;m in no hurry and I want to learn this new hobby. Don&#8217;t trust one book due to the fact I have three and none of them even match the others in the min or max of loads. Scary to me in away. <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
    I think it is a good way to start out really. Go here to see the feed back I got from some reloading gurus. They know their stuff:<o:p></o:p>
  12. Glocks&Ducs


    Apr 24, 2004
    I bought one of those when I first started. I would honestly save more money and get the RCBS master reloading kit.
  13. 3rdgen40

    3rdgen40 .45 fanatic

    May 3, 2008
    Bump for more opinions.......
  14. Colorado4Wheel


    Nov 2, 2006
    Reloading is hard enough when you have to wonder about your components. I know when I started I used that scale and I always wondered "is it right". It's so sensitive and hard to read that it made me more nervous. My buddy bought the same scale and it was a little easier to read but still very touchy to adjust. The scale is just odd, it's uses 10 white lines in a row, has these windows you see the lines through as you move the slider (adjuster) you see different lines. Well, I could never really figure out which window was actually showing the lines. So I never really knew what it was weighting. I could get it close but I was never sure. On top of it all, it would move 2mm every time you tap it. So your trying to move it .5mm to get the right window to show up with the line and it moves 2mm. Very annoying. If your cheap at least by good but inexpensive equipment. Don't by cheap equipment. That means something different to everyone reading this thread. To me it means get a good scale and powder measure. Thats honestly the most important part in this whole process. I have no experiance with that measure. Internet feedback says its great with some powders and not with other. Lee makes a good powder measure with the Pro Auto Disc. Dillon has the best inexpensive scale. I would buy in parts rather then the kit. You don't need the pocket cleaner and several other parts in that kit anyway. Just get the press, dies, scale, and consider the Pro Auto Disc for metering the powder right on the press. The LCT kit kempfs sells is a much better deal.
  15. 3rdgen40

    3rdgen40 .45 fanatic

    May 3, 2008
    Would this be a better set up ?
    <TABLE width=817 border=0><TBODY><TR><TD width=351>[​IMG] The fourth hole was added to accommodate the use of the Lee Factory Crimp die which is an optional die but comes with our new Deluxe Pistol Die sets.
    </TD><TD vAlign=top width=456>The rugged Turret Press along with the Auto Disk Powder Measure, produce top quality pistol ammo in a hurry. A finished round with a few pulls of the lever. Large enough to handle monster belted magnum rifle cases. When it is time to change calibers, simply lock in a new turret and begin loading within seconds. In addition to the Turret Press and Auto Disk Powder Measure; the kit includes the Lee Safety Scale, unmatched for sensitivity, a primer pocket cleaner, cutter and lockstud to trim the cases and a chamfer tool to deburr cases after trimming. A set of Lee Dies is all that is required to complete this reloading outfit. All this at a price that will allow you to pay for your investment in a matter of hours.
    This press is ideal for handgun loading and with experienced hands, you can load over 200 rounds per hour. For those who wish to use the press as a single station press, the auto index feature can be disabled in seconds and then re-enabled in the same amount of time.
    </TD></TR><TR><TD colSpan=2><TABLE height=42 border=0><TBODY><TR class=style5><TD vAlign=top width=222 height=36>Deluxe Turret Press Reloading Kit
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  16. 3rdgen40

    3rdgen40 .45 fanatic

    May 3, 2008
    Or is this the one ?
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    Last edited: Mar 16, 2010
  17. robin303

    robin303 Helicopter Nut

    Sep 27, 2009
    Austin, TX
    I say start off with a single stage and just get the Dillion scale for $55.00. I like and happy with my 50th kit.
  18. MrOldLude


    Jan 18, 2010
    That's the kit I started with (anniversary kit). I've been completely happy with it, and it's really hard to beat the bang-for-the-buck w/ Lee's hardware.

    The only thing I really plan to upgrade to in the near-future is a better scale. The included one works okay, but there's still some variation with lighter powder-loads. I would completely support this as a starting point for someone looking to get into reloading. If you shoot/reload more than a couple hundred a month, then perhaps you might want to consider a turret-press.

    For my volumes, I'm okay with, and somewhat prefer single-stage. It's slower, but I'm 100% confident in everyone of my loads.
  19. 3rdgen40

    3rdgen40 .45 fanatic

    May 3, 2008
    Think I'll start with the Anniversary kit.I can always upgrade the scale later.What about manuals ? Are they all basically the same ? I know I need to get the ABC's of Reloading as well.
    Here's my list so far:
    ABC's of Reloading
    Lee Anniversary Kit
    40/10mm Die set
    Shell Holder
    Brass...don't have any saved yet.
    What else ???
  20. MrOldLude


    Jan 18, 2010
    This is my COMPLETE setup: You've covered just about everything.

    Similar to what you have in mind. Buy a caliper, analog or digital. The reloading handbook, um, I read through it a few times, but now that I have the process down, it'll be a reference book. (It's pretty weak on cartridge loads too, unfortunately) If you don't have empty shell-boxes, you might want a couple

    I'd use as a starting point to find common powder/bullet combos.

    Lastly, I didn't think I needed one, but unless you're a reloading natural who never under/over loads a cartridge, I'd pick up a kinetic puller. I got mine from midway for $13.