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Lee Hand Loader

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by Bill D, Sep 30, 2011.

  1. Bill D

    Bill D Millennium Member

    Aug 31, 1999
    Acworth, Ga.
    I have started shooting again after a long absence. Have a Ruger Mk 11 4" target(limited edition),Henry 22, Glock 19 and 26 for carry, Mossy 500 w/ Knoxx Special Ops stock, Ruger GP100 4" 357 (Lipsey Special Edition), and a Marlin 1894 357 lever(both unfired).
    I have plenty of ammo for everything except 357. I am thinking about loading 38 and 357 in 357 brass for home, target, deer and hog hunting.
    What will it cost to get back in the game, I have no equipment at all, and live in my 37' motor home(great life style)!
    Will the hand loader suffice? Time doesn't really matter as retirement is near.
  2. WiskyT

    WiskyT Malcontent

    Jun 12, 2002
    North Carolina
    The handloader will suffice. If you have arthritis in your hands, it can be tiring to grip it, but it works great. With $100.00 and an empty shoe box to put everything in, you will have a reloading operation.

  3. Bill D

    Bill D Millennium Member

    Aug 31, 1999
    Acworth, Ga.
  4. I use the Lee Hand Press for everything...9mm, 45acp, 30-06, 223 and 7.62x39.

    I don't buy the fancy crap, just whatever gets the job done. Get a decent used beam scale and make your own dippers out of wire, duct tape and cut down fired cases. $12 caliper works fine. Get some decent sized Glad bowls, probably 6 will do. Dig around in the range trash bins and find those plastic trays people throw away when they blow through a box of ammo.

    The hand primer is junk. Use the Ram Prime that comes with the Hand Press kit, works much better.
  5. freakshow10mm

    freakshow10mm 10mm Advocate

    I started loading 10mm on the Lee Hand Press. Still have it. It works. If that's all you can have, I wouldn't be ashamed of it. It loads accurate ammunition as long as you've got the time.
  6. WiskyT

    WiskyT Malcontent

    Jun 12, 2002
    North Carolina
    Lee redesigned the hand primer recently and it's supposed to be better. I don't know if it is. I have an RCBS and it's great. The ram prime looks like a good idea.
  7. Ive been using a hand press for going on 4 years. Works well for what I load, .38 special, .357 mag, .40 S&W, .30-06.

    Not the fastest thing in the world but it fulfills my needs. The Ram-Prime unit is a little awkward but it works.

    A good scale, some home-made dippers, and some calipers should complete your set-up. Using Super-Glue to affix short pieces of bamboo skewers to trimmed cases is what I'm doing for home-made dippers.

    All the Best,
    D. White
    Last edited: Oct 3, 2011
  8. garyjandfamily


    Dec 11, 2007
    I'm way more upscale than this, I use epoxy instead of duct tape, and coat hanger wire. I use .22, .25, .32 cal, and 9mm cases.
  9. WiskyT

    WiskyT Malcontent

    Jun 12, 2002
    North Carolina
    Use the bamboo skewers and you can write the load data on the stick with a fine point marker and some reading glasses.
  10. El_Ron1


    Apr 15, 2004
    Redneck Sparta
    This kinda guy recommends it:

  11. Damon555


    Mar 3, 2009
    Middle Tennessee
    I have a lee hand press and don't enjoy using it at's very tedious and slow. Spend the extra $20 and get a regular single stage press.

    There are many ways to cheap out on reloading equipment but I don't think the press is the best place to do that. If you can swing it buy a whole lee kit....plenty cheap and has everything you need without having to be MacGyver.
  12. GlockAzona


    Jul 24, 2011
    Back when I was in High School, this was my first reloading press - bottle capper & Lee Loader:

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  13. otis_bartleh


    Feb 23, 2010
    Martinez, CA
    Yeah it's slow, but I don't find it any slower than my friends Rock Chucker, and I can sit in front of my TV with my Lee hand press... That said, I still want an auto-indexing turret press, but I don't have the room anyway...
    Last edited: Oct 12, 2011