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Lee Pro 1000 Progressive Press Kit

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by TriggerFinger, Aug 24, 2011.

  1. TriggerFinger


    May 26, 2010
    Is this a good starter kit? Does it come with all the basics? What else might I need aside from projectile components?

    I've done some research in regards to reloading and the equipment that goes into it. This seems like a complete starter kit. I'm not sure if it's missing something - like batteries for a christmas present toy.

    I shoot 9mm, 40s&w and 45acp

    My understanding with this Lee set is I have to buy dies for the other calibers because it only comes with one caliber set that I choose.

    Can anyone fill me in please?

    What's you're impression of this vs. another comparable press?

  2. RustyFN


    Sep 29, 2006
    West Virginia
    I wouldn't recommend starting on a P-1000.
  3. IndyGunFreak


    Jan 26, 2001
    I wouldn't recommend a Pro 1000 period, let alone starting on one.
  4. WiskyT

    WiskyT Malcontent

    Jun 12, 2002
    North Carolina
    I love mine. I've had it for 25 years. It IS fussy about things though. I never used the Lee turret press, but from what I have read and heard, it is less frustrating and fast enough for most uses. Caliber changes are also very easy on it.
  5. TacDad


    Aug 2, 2011
    I would avoid that press from what I have heard . I would start with a single stage or the Lee turret . I use the lee ss, and can pump out the rounds pretty fast ( considering it's a single stage) . With cleaning the brass, and separating I can do a batch of 500 in about 4-5 hours . I'm sure it would be faster on the 1000 or the turret but it's very important to learn the basics first. I would say get the Turret that will be my next purchase.
  6. Dexters


    May 3, 2004
    Take what some people say with a grain of salt. There are some Lee haters out there.
    The most important part of reloading is the operator.
    You need to decide how far you want to go with the reloading and how much time you want to spend doing it.

    You should get a few reloading manuals and read them in detail before buying a reloader. They will tell you what you will need and you can figure out what is best for you.
  7. jdavionic

    jdavionic NRA Member

    May 1, 2008
    I've got one and like it. It works well for me, but it does take some work to get desired consistency (at least for me). Some work arounds here & there (e.g., I hand prime all cases because I found the primer feed system to be unreliable).

    If I had the money at the time, I would have preferred a Dillon 550. However this one was fine for less.
  8. RustyFN


    Sep 29, 2006
    West Virginia
    Very true. I have been loading on a Lee classic turret for five years. I'm not saying it isn't an ok press, I just don't think it's a good starter press.
  9. kcbrown


    Nov 18, 2008
    Others have said that they wouldn't recommend the Pro 1000 as a starter press. But they haven't said why.

    I agree with them, and I'll state my opinion on why it's not a good starter press.

    Simply put, it requires that you understand the reloading process, be mechanically inclined, be patient, and be determined to work through any problems you encounter with the press, up to and including replacing parts if it proves necessary.

    Lee's quality control on the parts of their progressive presses isn't the best in the world. It's not horrible, but it could be better. If the tolerances stack up the wrong way, you'll have problems and may wind up scratching your head for a while until you figure out the problem. That's where the mechanical inclination, patience, and determination come into play.

    Some have had a lot of trouble with the priming system. I, personally, have not. It has its quirks and you'll have to work within or around them (for instance, the system must be kept clean, you should use only plated primers such as CCI, and proper indexing setup is crucial and Lee's instructions on that are not, in my opinion, sufficiently precise). The reason I have had little to no trouble with the priming system is that I understand it and know how to set up and operate the press so that it works properly.

    There's the question of how much you're going to shoot. For starting out, I can't recommend the Lee Classic Turret press enough. It's reasonably fast (150 rounds an hour or so), solid, smooth, and simple. When you're first starting out, those are very desirable attributes. And it'll prove useful even in the event you get a progressive press.

    My recommendation is that you learn on the Classic Turret, and then upgrade to something faster after you've got things figured out and find you need greater volume.
    Last edited: Aug 26, 2011
  10. g29guy


    Dec 29, 2010
    Unless you have experience reloading, I would recommend a single stage until you can get your feet wet and learn what your needs are. That being said mechanical aptitude is needed no matter what press you purchase.
    I like to reload mid to hot 10mm and rifle cartridges. This type of reloading requires patience and very precise measurement, so for me precision is more important than 150 or more an hour.
    I have an rcbs rock chucker that I purchased for $230.00 with manufacturers mail in rebate and a sale. Added a set of dies for 30 bucks and I'm ready to go minus brass, powder and bullets and primers.
    If I were to reload the calibers you are primarily loading, I'd buy a less expensive single stage press with the intention of buying a more expensive progressive(dillon 550 or similar if your budget allows) in the future when I've experienced the art of reloading.
    Most progressive loaders like to have a single stage press on hand anyway for doing certain jobs or for fixing mistakes made by their progressive presses.
    However you choose to enter the sport/hobby of reloading, good luck and be safe. The best way to learn is on your own with the suggestions of others used to help guide you. Don't ever take my or anyone's word for it without consulting the proper loading manuals.
    Let us know what you end up choosing and how you like it.:cool:
  11. orgnova


    Feb 13, 2010
    SW Ohio
    You can use the P1000 as a single stage press. It does take some adjusting now and then. I started on one loading 45acp. If you know someone that has one and will let you try it out and help you get started, I don't see a problem. My 2¢.
  12. Colorado4Wheel


    Nov 2, 2006
    If your going to use it as a "single stage" might as well just get the LCT.
  13. TriggerFinger


    May 26, 2010
    Thanks all. After reading all you suggestions and why, I think I'm going the Lee Classic Turret route.
  14. RNG


    Oct 4, 2007
    The P1000 was my first press. Great price and it does allow you to produce quality ammo. Being mechanically inclined, I didn't have a problem making the necessary adjustments to keep it running. Some issues that I had were as follows;
    1. Inconsistent OAL's ( See my fix below)
    2. Primer feed problems (keep tray full and use graphite on the chute)
    3. Nylon index gear would strip if you weren't careful
    4. Limited in the number of different bottle-neck rifle calibers that can be loaded on it.
    5. I used to break quite a few chains. Would go to Lowes and pick extras in the ceiling fan section.

    It was a great press to learn on but I quickly found it was not adequate for what I needed to reload. The "tinkering" I had to do to keep it running was getting the best of me.
    That said, I would recommend the LCT before the P1k.

    Here is the mod I did to try and fix the OAL issues. It helped but did not totally eliminate the problem.

    <a href=";current=Lee-P1k-Mod-16Small.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a>

    <a href=";current=Lee-P1k-Mod-15Small.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a>

    I rounded off the tips on a bench grinder.

    <a href=";current=Lee-P1k-Mod-17Small.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a>

    <a href=";current=Lee-P1k-Mod-18Small.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a>

    <a href=";current=LEE-P1k-Mod-06Small.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a>

    I drilled "dimples" to better secure it in the press.

    <a href=";current=LEE-P1k-Mod-12Small.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a>

    Hope this helps.
  15. WiskyT

    WiskyT Malcontent

    Jun 12, 2002
    North Carolina
    I don't understand all the chain breaking. I've been using the same piece of Genuine Lee Brand chain since they came out with the thing, 20 years?
  16. Fox

    Fox Varmit Control

    Nov 7, 2001
    My advise is to start out with a single stage press and get some loading blocks to use the batch method for mass production.

    Consider buying an extra single stage press, they have a small one that comes with the instruction book in the link I posted above. Order it with the LEE Anniversary Kit and you will have two single stage presses at low cost.