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Thread: Lee loaders, which you like better?

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    Yes, the "not in production" cartridges command a premium price.

    I load .410 on a deluxe Lee loader.
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    I have a mequin loader.
    The one with the red plastic primer tool.
    Neck expander and crimp tool.
    The main body of the loader is solid unlike the newer ones and you adjust the depth in the seater Stem head.
    The case holder is wider and the main tool body fits into a groove on the top of the base unlike the newer versions which just sit on top of it.

    I use both new and old.
    Both do a good job.
    I prefer the mequin but the lee takes up less space overall in a pack.

    I would make or get a neck expander and deburr tool.

    Primer pocket cleaner....nah use the de-primer pin.

    And wipe your brass clean.

    Can load good ammo on it and I use them mostly always and I have to sit away from buy bench as it is too much of a mess to load on any more.

    I mean I enjoy being able to use it in various locations instead of a fixed area.

    Hey they’re faster than a speeding 310 tong tool.
    But that I can use that in front of the telle.

    Hope it helps.

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    The shotgun loaders are going for pretty high prices on eBay right now, unfortunately. I really wanted a 12 gauge kit. I haven't had the chance to try any of these kits yet, but getting one in each of the calibers I carry is definitely on my agenda. I'm wondering how the .308 kit works out, especially since I also want to use cast bullets, anyone have experience with cast bullets and the .308?

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    Have a 30-30 but will find it will size down the neck a little too much for cast and because of the diameter you cannot drop the bullet down the top.

    This is no issue
    You can use a flare tool to open the neck diameter and start iron the neck then insert the body of the die over the top.
    Works better that way anyway.
    I hone mine out a tad to lessen the sizing.
    With different neck thickness brass you get different diameters anyway.
    If I was home I’d show you a pic of a expander.

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    I loaded 240 rds of 9mm this week with a lee loader. Kinda goofey as I have a new press still in the box. Shot 40 of the loads yesterday with good result. yeah, I'm kinda goofey.
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    I have Lee Loaders in .223 Remington, 6.5x55mm swede, 30-06(2), 8x57mm, .38 special, .357 magnum, .45Acp/AR, and 20 gauge shotgun. I have and still use them all occasionally except the 20 gauge, which I do not have a 20 gauge shotgun. I like them and find using them relaxing. my experience anyway, james

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    I sometimes use the Lee Loader sizing feature with my Harbor Freight arbor press. Kind of a "poorboy" Wilson hand die. The will provide a very concentric neck sized piece of brass. Gp

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    Just some thoughts to add to this thread.

    I started loading with a Lee Loader in .243 in 1971. Like an idiot I sold the gun but I still have the Lee Loader, the brass, bullets and powder.! Next I got a .44 Magnum so I got a Lee Loader for it, but soon found out I was loading too many rounds so I got a Rockchucker, that was 1978. Probably loaded 500-1000 rounds of .44's with the Lee Loader. I also started casting with that gun and Lee Mould and Lead Pot. Still have those too. My plastic mallet was a Snap ON mallet and I still have it, but the plastic faces are gone, its sitting on top of one of my tool boxes..

    Loaned to Lee Loader to a friend, and the ******* gave it away with his gun.

    If I was only loading one or two calibers it would be done with a Lee Loader, and this is coming from the purveyor of the finest hand reloading press ever made. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xEpYQMdnxHY&t=1s

    One thing to understand about Lee Loaders is that Richard Lee didn't invent this type of tool. The tool is known as a Hand Die and goes back to the beginning of reloading Brass Cartridges. These tools were never meant to be beat on with a mallet. They were meant to be used with a small Arbor Press or a Drill Press used as an Arbor Press.

    Richard Lee just figured out an inexpensive way to combine the sizing die and seating die into one die body and came up with the plastic mallet to run the thing. Wilson Hand dies are effectively the same type of tool but costs hundreds instead of $35.

    Final point: If you start the primer in the primer pocket by hand and then toonce it home in the die with the mallet, you won't set off a primer.

    I have never set off a primer in 50 years.

    Randy
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    Quote Originally Posted by W.R.Buchanan View Post
    Just some thoughts to add to this thread.

    I started loading with a Lee Loader in .243 in 1971. Like an idiot I sold the gun but I still have the Lee Loader, the brass, bullets and powder.! Next I got a .44 Magnum so I got a Lee Loader for it, but soon found out I was loading too many rounds so I got a Rockchucker, that was 1978. Probably loaded 500-1000 rounds of .44's with the Lee Loader. I also started casting with that gun and Lee Mould and Lead Pot. Still have those too. My plastic mallet was a Snap ON mallet and I still have it, but the plastic faces are gone, its sitting on top of one of my tool boxes..

    Loaned to Lee Loader to a friend, and the ******* gave it away with his gun.

    If I was only loading one or two calibers it would be done with a Lee Loader, and this is coming from the purveyor of the finest hand reloading press ever made. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xEpYQMdnxHY&t=1s

    One thing to understand about Lee Loaders is that Richard Lee didn't invent this type of tool. The tool is known as a Hand Die and goes back to the beginning of reloading Brass Cartridges. These tools were never meant to be beat on with a mallet. They were meant to be used with a small Arbor Press or a Drill Press used as an Arbor Press.

    Richard Lee just figured out an inexpensive way to combine the sizing die and seating die into one die body and came up with the plastic mallet to run the thing. Wilson Hand dies are effectively the same type of tool but costs hundreds instead of $35.

    Final point: If you start the primer in the primer pocket by hand and then toonce it home in the die with the mallet, you won't set off a primer.

    I have never set off a primer in 50 years.

    Randy
    Can you explain why a plastic mallet is better than a wooden one or even a dead blow hammer?

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    I have both a Lee Loader and an old 310 tool in 7.62x54r Russian; both work just fine, and load good ammo. Imho, the 310 tool is much easier, faster, and frankly a more elegant solution for a hand reloading tool than the Lee. I can sit on the couch, neck size, deprime and reprime cases with the 310 tool , or on the loading bench at the range. The Lee requires hammering , which is OK but slow.

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    I use a lead ingot with a cloth under it and a lead faced hammer with a lee loader.
    Sure makes it easier on the ears hammering away.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lightload View Post
    Can you explain why a plastic mallet is better than a wooden one or even a dead blow hammer?
    No,,, I can't. It's just what I had.

    Randy
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BP Bronze Point IMR Improved Military Rifle PTD Pointed
BR Bench Rest M Magnum RN Round Nose
BT Boat Tail PL Power-Lokt SP Soft Point
C Compressed Charge PR Primer SPCL Soft Point "Core-Lokt"
HP Hollow Point PSPCL Pointed Soft Point "Core Lokt" C.O.L. Cartridge Overall Length
PSP Pointed Soft Point Spz Spitzer Point SBT Spitzer Boat Tail
LRN Lead Round Nose LWC Lead Wad Cutter LSWC Lead Semi Wad Cutter
GC Gas Check