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Thread: Started out on Lee equipment ? When ?

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    Boolit Buddy 414gates's Avatar
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    Started out on Lee equipment ? When ?

    If you started reloading on Lee equipment, share what year it was, and what the equipment was.

    Around 1992, a friend's Lee Challenger.

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    Started shotgun with a Lee Load-All 12 gauge in 1970. It did not live up to expectations. It was soon replaced with a Pacific DL266. That one has exceeded expectations for the past 51 years.
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    Southern France by way of Interior Bush Alaska
    Not reloading, but started with Lee boolit molds casting. They still make up more than half of my molds.

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    1967, Lee Loader for my Dad's and brother's 30-30's and my 16 gauge.
    Wayne the Shrink

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    Sicklerville NJ
    In the early 90s, I bought a used three-hole turret press.
    Warning: I know Judo. If you force me to prove it I'll shoot you.

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    Boolit Buddy
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    South-central Maine
    1970, .270 Win whack-a-mole.

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    1984 +/-, Lee Three Hole Turret, Powder Dipper Set, assorted shell holders and dies. All are still in service and used as needed.
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    Boolit Master
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    Around 1972 with a .44 Mag whack-a-mole.

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    Boolit Bub
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    1970 with a 16ga. whacker. It made ammo for me and I was happy.

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    Boolit Buddy wilecoyote's Avatar
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    venice, italy
    ...2000, Lee Reloading Kit full box: challenger, scale, etc._
    the following day I exploded my revolver thing you know they'll want your pistol and your tobacco...

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    Boolit Master RKJ's Avatar
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    1986 3 hole Turret press. still use some of their dies and and some of the dippers, also have 3 or 4 molds for casting.

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    Boolit Buddy hoodat's Avatar
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    1969 -- Lee Loader whack a mole 20 ga. Thirteen years old. A few years later, on to the 243 Lee Loader. Got me started with good fundamentals. Never had a mishap, and the only squibs I've EVER had were from reseating a spent primer. (with a press) jd
    It seems that people who do almost nothing, often complain loudly when it's time to do it.

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    Boolit Master

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    1973 .30 carbine whack-a-mole

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    1969, Lee Loader.
    1971, Lee Safety Scale.
    1971, Lee Challenger. 38 Special dies (w/o FCD!).
    1972, Lee Perfect Powder Measure. Misc. hand tools and die sets (#\3).
    1979, Messy divorce, had to sell everything took a few years off.
    1987, Lee Hand press, Lee dies (3 sets), Lee PPM, Lee Safety Scale.
    1990, Lee turret press, 2 more die sets. Lee hand trimming tool for 3 rifle calibers.
    1996, 44 Magnum die set (used FCD once, tossed it). Lee Pro 4 casting pot.
    2015, Lee bench prime.
    2019, Lee Load All.

    Between 1987 and present purchased many reloading items from various manufacturers, Redding, Lyman, RCBS. also purchased 10 bullet molds from Lee and 3 or 4 from Lyman and sizing dies. Most valued purchase was my Co-Ax in 2017...
    My Anchor is holding fast!

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    Boolit Grand Master
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    IIRC, 1967 and a Lee Target Loader in .222
    Don Verna

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    Boolit Grand Master
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    Kaneohe, HI
    Started back in the 70's.
    Got the small Lee reloading press and book combo.
    I think it was less than $30.
    Read the book and bought the other needed tools.
    I still have the press and book.
    Since then, because of my addiction to tools, I've collected many different presses.
    Three most used presses are two small Lee reloading presses, and a CH monster press.

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    90 miles North of Texarkana 9 miles from OK in the green hell
    07' just moulds and sizers .
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    Not the first loading equipment used but the first press I purchased - lee three hole turret , a set of Lyman dies , and a Redding scale . The owner of the little gunners shack set aside a Speer reloading manual along with primers , bullets , and powder for me to pick up after getting paid the next week . This was in the early to mid 80s I still have it and use it along with the 243 Winchester model 70 I bought right before buying the loading equipment .
    You know the old fellow was right when he told me if I loaded my own I would never have to buy another box of ammo .

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    Way up in the Cascades
    I started my very first reloading with a Lee Loader (whack-a-mole) kit in 1966. The clerk in the gun store told me I'd save a lot of money! It produced good ammo, but was too slow for quantity. Next I bought a used Lyman Spartan, then two RCBS Rockchuckers and still use all three. The Lyman is dedicated to .38 Special only, and other rifle and pistol ammo is mostly loaded on the Rockchuckers. Then I acquired a Lee 3-hole turret, mostly used for .45 ACP, which I later converted to a 4-holer. I'm very satisfied with the Lee turret. Sometimes I acquired a rifle or pistol in a caliber I had no experience with, and if available I bought a Lee Loader in that cartridge to try a few loads out before committing to a die set. I ended up with about a dozen Lee Loaders. I like the Lee Company, and they've never failed to help me with a problem. Just two years ago I bought a new Lyman single stage "C" press, very reminiscent of the Spartan, that I can clamp onto my desk right here in front of the computer when it's winter and too cold out in the shop. While reading what you fellows write I can...load ammo!


    Oh...I forgot to mention that I'm on my 3rd Lee hand press. I gave the first two away to cash strapped newbies.
    One winter I loaded 1,200 rounds on one of them.

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    Central Ohio
    Pro 1K, 1988

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Abbreviations used in Reloading

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