I've been reloading on a single stage Lee press for about 27 years now. Never real high volume, but enough to save some money and get some extra shooting in. Mostly large bore pistol rounds like the .41, .44 mag, .45 colt and some old rifle rounds like the .300 Savage. I also do a little bit of bullet casting. My son had stated shooting USPSA with me and bought his own S+W model 10 and gear. Well lets just sat that all those .38's on a single stage press are pretty time intensive. Even with the kid doing most of the work. I'd been thinking about getting a progressive press for years, I've read a lot about them, drooled over the Dillon's, but they just aren't in the budget right now. Well I kept looking at the Lee Pro 100 progressive press. Price is pretty good. I read the reviews, knew that they could be a bit of a hassle to get set up right. But I decided to take the plunge after getting a Cabela's gift card for Christmas and having some Cabela's bucks on my credit card account. This past Sunday the wife and younger kids were out of the house, and the older son and I decided to do some loading with the new press. The short part of the story is that every thing I read about the Lee Pro 1000 is true. We had about 900 cast 148 gr wadcutter bullets available and a large box of empty cases. I started setting the press up when it arrived last week. Like everyone says the instructions that come with the press are about worthless. Thankfully the internet is here and decent instructions and video's are just a mouse click away. Started out with the powder measure. I had heard that flake powders like Unique with light charges were not a good choice. Well guess what powder I had in the loading cabinet? yep, Unique. Filled up the powder hopper with Unique, set the disk to throw a 3.4 gr charge and filled up the primer tray. The measure wasn't dropping any powder. So I pulled the powder measure off the press to see what the problem was. In the process the disk fell out and several ounces of powder spilled. Eventually I got the power measure dropping powder, but it was very inconsistent and the charges were lighter than the chart said they should be. I cleaned up the spilt powder and let it in the dust pan at my feet. I also had some primers get jammed up in the feed mechanism. Took everything apart, spilled a bunch of primers in the process, got the primer path cleared out, and then took the advise I had read and drilled a small hole in the primer tray and top so I could use a toothpick to keep the primers from falling out while putting the tray in place. Then I got a bright idea, I have an RCBS powder measure that drops light chargers of Unique just fine. So I removed the Lee powder measure, adjusted the the RCBS measure and was very excited that it slipped into the expander die in place of the Lee autodisk. My plan was to just flip the RCBS lever manually at the top of the stroke. The problem was I didn't realize the expander moves inside the die. First .38 special case to go up in the expander die launched the RCBS powder measure and it's contents of Unique powder into the air and all over my loading area, the floor, and pretty much covered everything. The language i used was not fitting for a Sunday afternoon. Needless to say I was getting pretty pissed at this point. I knew if I kept working on the press something was going to get broken. So my son and I swept up all the powder from the floor and cleaned it out of all the nooks and crannies on the press. We ended up with a heaping tuna can full of powder, dust and dog hair. So we decided to dispose of it properly and took the tuna can of powder to the front yard. Several ounces of Unique powder set on fire is a pretty impressive sight. Smokeless powder does not explode, but it does burn very fast and in this case created a tower of flames about as tall as my 17 year old son. After that enjoyment we went down into the basement and watched a movie to calm myself down before giving it another try. 2nd round was much better. I still used the RCBS powder measure, but the son held it in place and dumped the powder while I operated the rest of the press. One time a primer got a bit sideways but I felt it immediately and fixed it easily. We ended up cranking out 101 rounds of .38 Special. By the time we were done it was getting to close to range closing time so we didn't get to try out our accomplishments. So in closing, everything you read about the Lee Pro 1000 is true. The instructions are worthless. It's very frustrating when it isn't working right. (take a break and come back to it later. When it's running good it cranks out ammo quickly. (but pay attention for primer problems) Small charges of Unique do not meter well in the auto disk measure. Lighting piles of Unique on fire is fun.