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What do guys think of this package? For a beginner...

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by Bow Commander, Sep 3, 2012.

  1. Bow Commander

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    I don't think it's a very good deal, you can buy a new one for $166. I also don't think it's a good press to learn on. If you want a press that is easy for a beginner reloader and still produces a decent amount of rounds per hour I would look at the Lee classic turret.
     

  3. dstanley66

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    I would meet in person if possible to buy it so I make sure what your getting.
     
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  4. Bow Commander

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    Thanks for the replies. This is local to me so I would be seeing it in person.

    Rusty- I will research the LCT more. Thanks for the recommendation.
     
  5. Colorado4Wheel

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    Pass on any Lee progressive IMHO. LCT is a good deal.
     
  6. RustyFN

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    The pro 1,000 in your link really doesn't have much more than a new one. I think a new one comes with one set of dies, pro auto disk, case coalator/feeder and priming system.
     
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    ^^^^ Make sure to buy this kit exactly. It has something important that others don't and it doesn't include the Lee scale that many consider a POS. Buy a decent scale as a separate item.

    Select (and buy) the Pro Auto Disk upgrade as well.

    Richard
     
  9. Bow Commander

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    Excellent! I've bookmarked that website, thank you.

    While I have your attention:

    So if I buy that kit, a tumber, a digital scale, calipers, and of course a few different ABC's of reloading books, i'd be pretty well set to begin?
     
  10. Colorado4Wheel

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    My sticky above may help you.
     
  11. Bow Commander

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    Just read it, great info Colorado. Thanks for pointing that out. I'll continue to do my homework.

    I ususally don't start threads when I have so much to learn first but sometimes all I need is a little confirmation from the brain trust so I can hit the BUY button.
     
  12. F106 Fan

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    You can get by without a tumbler for a while. Just wipe off the cases. I recommend digital calipers (easier to read) and I certainly recommend the Dillon D-Terminator digital scale but you wouldn't be wrong to choose the Dillon Eliminator beam scale for somewhat less money. There are a couple of digital scale threads on this forum that are current. You might want to review them.
    http://www.dillonprecision.com/content/p/8/stype/?searchVar=scale

    Don't even think about buying a digital scale that costs less than $100. If you really want digital, get the D-Terminator (plus the case). You will also need a set of RCBS check weights:
    http://www.brownells.com/.aspx/sid=...87_a_7c3466_a_7c749006250_d_749004349_d_20563
    I have the Deluxe kit and I use the weights every time I use my scale.

    I would recommend a case gauge. Dillon has them.
    http://www.dillonprecision.com/#/content/p/9/pid/25548/catid/3/Dillon_Handgun_Case_Gages

    The ABC's Of Reloading comes highly recommended and is available as an eBook from Amazon. You will also need some manuals such as Hornady Handbook of Cartridge Reloading 8th Edition or Speer Reloading Manual #14.

    Also, add a 9mm Taper Crimp die to the die set. The Lee 4 die set that you will get with the press comes with the Factory Crimp Die (FCD) and that isn't highly regarded around here. Straight wall cases must be belled to seat the bullet and the mouth must be straightened out after seating. The easiest way to do this is with a Taper Crimp die. Everybody makes them - even Lee:
    http://www.midwayusa.com/product/274765/lee-taper-crimp-die-9mm-luger

    Read all of the stickies at the top of this forum. Most of your questions will be answered in them.

    Richard
     
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    I wouldn't buy a digital scale, I would go with a Dillon or RCBS beam scale. Also upgrade to the pro auto disk and Lg & Sm safety prime if it doesn't come with them already.
     
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    oooopps my bad, I thought someone was bragging on their package...
     
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    +1 for the LCT

    Fits the bill for my needs and should last a lifetime, easy to change calibers, powder measure never comes out of adjustment, and good, positive priming in that you can see the primer is orientated correctly until just before its seated in the case, I even load cast bullet loads for my milsurp rifles on it.

    I don’t shoot any competition and do most of my reloading in the winter months so come nice weather, I have buckets of ammo ready to go.

    Follow Colorado’s sticky for what you need to get started and DON’T SKIMP ON A SCALE!!

    Just my $0.02 worth

    Sig357fan
     
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    I agree with others regarding the LCT deal from Kemps. I have been using my Lee Pro1000 since 1986 or so and it can be finicky and stubborn. It's second nature to me now, but to just take the think out of the box and load your first rounds on it is not the best way to go. The Craig's list "deal" is anything but because you can buy a brand new one for less. Nothing good comes from Craig's list unless you are lonely:whistling:

    As F106 said, you can do without a tumbler, I rarely use mine. So you can have someone get it for your for Christmas etc. down the line if you want one.
     
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    Great input everyone! I appreciate you taking the time to help. I'll be looking into all your suggestions.
     
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    This had me rolling, FYI :rofl: