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    Lee Loader in .45 ACP

    I have a Lee Loader for .38 special, and I like it fine. I'm going to get a .45 ACP, and wondered how they work for that caliber.

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    I just bought one for my 219 Zipper! That completes one for every rifle caliber I shoot... a bunch of them.
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    One of the properties I used to hunt on in southern NSW was owned by a drinking buddy of my dad. He would let me go down there whenever I wanted. I would go down there with his son and we would shoot foxes (up to 20 a night after the skins were worth nothing). Cause the skins were worthless, we would use whatever tickled our fancy. He mainly used a 6.5x55 Mauser that had been sporterized. At night we would sit in the shed (there was no house on the property) and he would reload with one of those kits. It always had me stuffed how hitting a bullet with a hammer could make ammo as accurate as what he made. The don't turn up often in Oz, but I have picked up a 12ga and a 45/70. I mainly use the 45/70 to decap my black powder brass on the range before dropping the brass in the water.
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    Lee loaders

    I started with Lee Loaders in the 60's and still use them today.
    If anyone has a 410 lee loader for sale please let me know as it is the only one I am missing.
    They came in 3inch and 2 1/2 inch and I will take either or both.
    E-mail me at rodmkr@yahoo.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by Junior1942 View Post
    I've been a Lee fan since the day 30 or so years ago when I called with a question. The girl who answered the phone said, "Just a minute." Then a fellow said, "This is Dick Lee. How can I help you?"

    Bruce Hodgdon did the same thing.
    I called Lee one day and I got the same thing "This is Dick Lee. How can I help you?"
    I replied "Mr. Lee the owner" he chuckled and said "yes it is" I asked " how come you are answering the phone" he said "everybody is out to lunch and I'm the only one here". I'll never forget it, and the Lee company and products have always treated me fine.

    Glad to hear about the boys being regular guys. I have a variety of dies, only the Lee dies did I pay for the rest were given to me or came in a garage sale box of stuff, etc.
    I think Hornady makes pretty good stuff too.
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    I've got a 30-30, 30-40, .308, 30-06, 7.5x55 & 7.62x54r. I've got a 30-30 Lee Loader, & the 06 cases are much too big to fit. As I see the case sizes, I'd be able to get the Russkie one to fit all but the Swiss, which is a bit bigger in the case by the shoulder. Now if only I could find one in 7.5x55 size........
    Any Ideas??

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    In 1968 I bought a Marlin 336 in .32 Win. Speacial. A month later I bought a Lee Loader for the same caliber. I still load my 12 gauge Crow loads (Illinois) and al my 12 down here with the Lee Loader. My Loader here has the old adjustable shot dipper.

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    Lee Loaders

    Now if only I could find one cheap or donated in 6.5x55, 7x57, 7.62x54R or maybe .303 if it'd fit, .30 Carb. & .38....
    I need to sell cars to buy reloading stuff!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by fiberoptik View Post
    Now if only I could find one cheap or donated in 6.5x55, 7x57, 7.62x54R or maybe .303 if it'd fit, .30 Carb. & .38....
    I need to sell cars to buy reloading stuff!!
    i believe 38, 303 , 7.62x54r and 6.5x55 are all still production items..available from midway.

    7x57 is a different story.
    only accurate rifles are interesting

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    Lee Loader

    I have several of them that I have been using since the 1960's. The best example of their accuracy that I have is than I once bought a used Remington 788 in 22-250 that came with a 2 to7 power scope and a Lee Loader with part of a box of bullets. The guy even included part of a can of powder and said it did real good. I took the stuff to the range and loaded five of his cases on the bench at the range, and the first five shots grouped in 3/8 of an inch from the sandbags. That was about 20 years ago and that rifle is still not for sale.

    I always prefer to use their hand priming tool as i don't think anyone as clumsy as me should be seating primers with a hammer.

    Big Dale

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    AZMark - The .45 work just fine. Hard to get any easier.

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    they really make you feel like you are in the past

    i would not reccomend them for autoloaders though i have one in 30 carbine and its measure doesnt give me a load with enough power to cycle the action

    357 magnum 44 magnum are perfect 30-30 also great when using them for bolt guns,revolvers,levers its like magic

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    Love my lee Loaders.

    I currently own 13 complete Lee Loader sets (And always looking for more) and a few parts kits and I love to break them out once in a while to go back in time a little. I have 4 sets of the Zerro Error(Target model) and 3 sets of the "Improved" that are great because they have a hand priming tool, neck flaring tool, primer pocket cleaner and a nice fine threaded micrometer type seating body plus all the other parts needed to load a cartridge. I think my first experience with one was about 20+ years ago and I have been a fan of them ever since. The great thing about them is that their a easy to use innexpensive reloading tool for the beginner reloader or a fun tool to use once in a while for the seasoned one. I have found that my Zero-Error kits will make as good or better reloads than my press setup if you take the time to use them correctly. There were many manufacturers that have tried to copy the Lee Loader in the past but I found that none are as good as the Lee's. The only disadvantage is that their slowwwww.
    Now that im thinking about it, I got a few 30-30's I gotta load up today and im gonna break out the ol' Lee Loader and have some fun. tap,tap,tap,tap.
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    since my original post i have gone to over 40 rifle plus pistol,shotgun and several target models.


    today: i bought 19(yes NINETEEN) MORE...all in one deal....


    a 6.5 rem mag, a couple of 222's one 222mag,a22-250, a 41 mag, and a couple of unusual.....a 270 win "unitized", a 300H+H.!!, and a 16 ga in ared/red box.

    some duplicates of current collection....so they may show up in the for sale.


    so that puts me well over 80 lee loaders......


    mike in co
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    I started handloading in 1964 when I was 9 years old. I had gotten my first 30/30 (a mdl 64 Winchester). It was a foolproof way of learning the basics of reloading and the systematic method of using it kept me out of trouble. I now have 6 presses in various configurations and still periodically pull out the old Lee loader and relax in front of the tube.
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    I believe that when you criticise someone about a service problem and get a bad response initially you stop doing business with tht company or make one last attempt to resolve the matter. I wrote of two problems that I had with Lee in the past. One of the problems was resolved by me(I repaired the rod in the collet die) and I decided to make one more attempt to get the second one settled. I packaged up 6 decapping rods that had broken tips on them and returned them to Lee with a simple note explaining that they were broken in use. I had called them before and got a less than friendly reply from the lady on the other end of the conversation. This time in a fairly short time I received replacements for the 6 decapping rods. I was both surprised and happy. Lee is now off my "do not buy from list". They make some useful equipment that is just not available anywhere else. My hat is off to Lee.

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    I have had nothing but good dealings with lee .I started with a lee loader in 1962 for a270 winchester that I bought with money i made shoveling snow and selling foxes that we trapped . Pennsylvania had a bounty on them and all we had to do was bring in the dead fox . I still hav e that loader along with many more. and use them at the range to develop loads .

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    actually the rifle was bought in 62 but I didnt get the lee till a couple of years later . I was using a lyman tong tool for a 22 hi power I was using for woodchucks . but never got any other dies for that 310 .I bought the lee tool for the 270 then graduated to a bair c press . and eventually a dillon 450 then a 550 then another and a square deal now I seem to collect presses of all types . My wife keeps telling me I am obsessed with loading , but doesn t everyone sleep with a hand tool next to the bed

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    Quote Originally Posted by bart55 View Post
    My wife keeps telling me I am obsessed with loading , but doesn t everyone sleep with a hand tool next to the bed
    Not me, I keep it under my pillow for emergencies.
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    and three more today...22-250, m1 30 carbine, and (another) small 12 ga.

    gotta do another inventory at let u guys buy the excess.

    mike in co
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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