i need honest opinions on this press!!!

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  1. socalfamous87

    socalfamous87 New Member

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    how can i go wrong with this press? im looking for something small to start off with. the dillon rl550b would be my dream press but im gonna have to work my way up to it. i was looking to buy a used rcbs but i cant even touch one for less then $90 but at that point i might as well buy a brand new one for $129 at turners. this lee set up includes a ton of stuff for only 89.99whats your oponion on lee? i would like to reload mainly .223 for my ar. 38 special. 9mm and 7.62x39......thanks in advance

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    and this is only $99

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  3. Caneman

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    are you looking for a startup kit or just the ss press?
  4. socalfamous87

    socalfamous87 New Member

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    start up kit. im new to reloading just read my first couple books. been saving brass. now looking to begin reloading. looking for the best bang for my book. but also best bang for my time if that makes sense. my time is somewhat kind of limited. ill be doing things in chapters.
  5. reynolds357

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    For $99, you cant go wrong. For everything you listed, you are eventually going to want to load progressive.
  6. Dirtypacman

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    Everyone is different but my opinion:

    If your time is limited I just am giving you the heads up - save up and buy a progressive.
    Don't bother with a single stage your just going to want to replace it within a few months of using it anyhow. Just take the plunge and count your pennies. You will be happier in the long run.

    BTW - I load on my dillon550 and can crank out 200-300 rounds an hour and that's with taking my time to check and double check.
  7. Caneman

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    imo, you should learn on a single stage...

    if you load pistol, you will want a progressive eventually, and when you do take a look at the Hornady LnL AP which you can't beat on a $ for $ value basis, and quality as well...

    i would save up another $150 and get an RCBS kit ($250), it gives you all the equipment you need to get started and it will all last...
  8. socalfamous87

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    i have a 1 year old daughter that i watch all day so this is my game plan. for my .223.

    phase 1) throw all my brass in the tumbler (while shes awake)
    phase 2) size and deprime and trim case (while shes sleeping) ill have about 2 hours
    phase 3) hand prime the brass (while shes awake)
    phase 4) powder and bullets (after i get home from work while everyones sleeping and i have a couple hours of quite time to complete everything)
  9. American Leader

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    LEE will work just fine for your particular needs at reasonable startup. Also dies and accessories are very reasonable as well. My rifle loads on the LEE Challenger are near perfect. I use the LEE Loadmaster for handgun, however, you will hear LEE is total crap from some members. That being said, many of us use LEE products and have great success, and based on what you stated about starting out, the LEE package deals will be perfect. Then at a later date if you feel you can do better with another maker or need a progressive for handgun you can better familarize yourself with all available options, which will cost substantially more than the LEE start up kits!
  10. RandyP

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    Factory Sales sells the very fine Anniv single stage kit for $82. IMHO also look at Kempf's for their kit featuring the excellent Lee Classic auto-advancing 4-hole turret. For about $200 you can be making 150-175 rounds per hour at a leisurely pace.

    https://kempfgunshop.com//index.php...facturer_id=0&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=41

    To the Kempf's kit I would add an inexpensive digital caliper, inexpensive $30 or less digital scale and upgrade to the Lee PRO powder dispenser.
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  11. LDBennett

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    socalfamous87:

    About the only thing in the startup kit you will want to keep after using it will be the press itself (even LEE can't screwup a single stage press). To me it makes little sense to blow off $100+ when, if you saved some more, you could get what you want. But if you just have to start reloading right now, then you most certainly can not do it for much less than a LEE single stage press kit.

    When I started reloading I made many mistakes in choosing my reloading equipment, in hindsight. I try to make others aware of those mistakes so they won't make them too. I wasted money on the LEE progressive, LEE powder measures (2 different ones), LEE scales, and LEE dies. I'm not prejudice, it is just that this stuff all failed and I ended up replacing it with better more reliable and durable reloading equipment. I wasted money on crummy equipment.

    You of course and others may do whatever as you please and it won't hurt my feeling but learning from others' mistakes is not a bad thing.

    Save up for the Dillon RL550B and forget interim equipment. That's just my opinion and others will have their differing opinions, I'm sure.

    LDBennett
  12. socalfamous87

    socalfamous87 New Member

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    i dont have to use lee dies do i? its a standard size die?
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    No, 99% of all dies/presses will use the standard 7/8"-14 die thread.
  14. 312shooter

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    Your question really boils down to two different subjects;

    #1 the brand of press you are inquiring about.

    #2 is single stage right or do I need a semi progressive or progressive

    What is a higher priority, time or your budget? Lee products will draw criticism until they day we all pass, I agree to an extent that they make affordable presses, material quality is where that savings reflects in their products. Most people are fine with their single stage presses and will not challenge the maximum durabilty of the construction. That being said you are sure to see before long lots of replies about LD's and my statement and the Lee lovers vs haters battle continues, nuff said here.

    If you want to minimize time more so than with a single stage press (a batch of 100 .223's will take a few hours to load on a SS press) at least look at a good turret press and begin with a semi-progressive machine. You will find you loading time will be cut in half at least with a turret such as the Lyman, Redding or RCBS. Take a good look at the stickies posted up top and decide what dictates your purchase; time or money.
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