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Old 03-03-2010, 12:26 AM
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lee anniversary kit tell me now before i order it lol!
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Old 03-03-2010, 1:53 PM
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Its what I started with and still use. Not a whole lot of difference between O-presses. They all do the same thing. If you are just starting out you can't go wrong with a Lee Anni kit for $100.

BTW its cheaper at Midway
http://www.midwayusa.com/viewProduct...tNumber=423081

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Its what I started with and still use. Not a whole lot of difference between O-presses. They all do the same thing. If you are just starting out you can't go wrong with a Lee Anni kit for $100.

BTW its cheaper at Midway
http://www.midwayusa.com/viewProduct...tNumber=423081
And a penny less here!

http://www.factorysales.com/html/xca...g/anivers.html
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wow!! i need to get one of those!! the price is good to go.
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I'm no equipment snob by any means...
i started with the lees anniversary kit and ended up upgrading to a RCBS rockchucker supreme kit. nothing wrong with the lees kit- but it leaves a little to be desired. i figure that buying reloading gear is kind of a one time affair- so why not spend a little more and get a better product. now people will chime in saying that they've reloaded on lees kits for years and get match grade accuracy- and i believe them. i just like the feel of the rcbs press better...
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i just like the feel of the rcbs press better...
This is true. The higher end SS presses will feel smoother and better for most. They better for the higher price because function wise they are the same. If you are fine with the feel of the Lee then its hard to argue with that price but for many its worth it to them to upgrade and there is ZERO problem with this. I would have no problem dropping Lee in a second if it did not do it for me. A press can be a personal thing just like anythings else. I've read stories of guys dropping Dillon because they did not like the feel and moved to a Hornady. Its all subjective to personal preference.
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it's $81 at midway.com
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I started on a Rockchucker, tried the Lee, upgraded to a Lyman turret and finally to Dillons. I gave my first Rockchucker to a friend that wanted to reload.

Now there is a newer Rockchucker, Lyman turret and 2 Dillons on my bench.
I"d say the Rockchucker is smoother in operation. If you do upgrade later...keep the Rockchucker.
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Save yourself the $100 and get the Dillon 1050....j/k

Your going to want a better press when you realize you could be doing a couple hundred an hour.
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lee anniversary kit tell me now before i order it lol!

Stan,

What do you shoot and how often do you shoot? Then most importantly how much do you really WANT to shoot?

$100 is good to get what you need however if you have an AR or something that eats ammo your going to want to make a whole lot more of it and you may not think a single stage is enough to cut the mustard for .223, 9mm, or .45

You may be beating yourself up later for not getting a Dillon 550b with a pair of calipers, a RCBS 505 scale, and a reloading book or two.

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Save yourself the $100 and get the Dillon 1050....j/k

Your going to want a better press when you realize you could be doing a couple hundred an hour.
I see this if he is trying to reload .223 or .308 in a AR or semi automatic platform, or 9mm or .45acp handguns.

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Old 03-03-2010, 4:31 PM
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Hi there, I am looking to purchase a press in the next days or so. I am a noob when it comes to reloading, and I want to start out with something not too expensive. I mostly shoot 9mm, .38spl, .357mag, and .44mag. Should I start out with a progressive press or a single stage press. I had been looking at the LEE Pro 1000, and their load-master, will these two presss be good for beginner?
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Start with a single stage and a few reloading manuals. You can be much more careful with your ammo that way. Once you get the hang of it and get more confident, get a progressive.
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thanks, then I am ordering that LEE anniversary kit today.
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Old 03-03-2010, 5:04 PM
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I ordered a Lee kit a while ago and have run about 300rds of .44mag and 1000rds of 9mm on it so far. I will more than likely upgrade to a progressive in 6-9 months, but for now the singe stage works great. I asked a lot of experts before I ordered it, they all told me the same thing, it will either work just fine for the rest of your life, or you'll upgrade to a progressive and keep the single stage around for loading precision rifle rounds, either way you'll be buying a single stage eventually, and it it gets you into reloading now instead of when you can afford the $600 for a top-of-the line press, so much the better.
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Old 03-03-2010, 5:20 PM
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Thanks for the advice. I was thinking about the same thing too, because I really wanted the Dillon 550 or 650, but don't want to spend all the money and not knowing what I am suppose to do and mess up the press. I was going to use LEE Pro 1000 as my stepping stone to the 550, but if I eventually will need a single stage press, I rather start with that, and when I am ready, I will just get the Dillon. Thanks.
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i started with a dillon 550b. i knew i'd be reloading alot so i said screw it and go big on my first buy.
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Thanks for the advice. I was thinking about the same thing too, because I really wanted the Dillon 550 or 650, but don't want to spend all the money and not knowing what I am suppose to do and mess up the press.
You can't "mess it up." You can mess up your reloads but it is hard to hurt the press. Even if you do, Dillon will send you replacement parts for free.
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Everything to load bottle necked rifle cartridges and straight walled pistol/rifle cartrides. This example includes dies and caliber conversion for .223. Best thing
about a Dillon 550b is you can use it as a single stage/turret press until you feel comfortable to develop your process into a progressive. On top of that is a lifetime of no BS warranty so if you lose anything or break anything they send a new one asap for free.

I had Lee products, they make you pay for a lot of replacement parts. If you need a single stage press pay 50 bucks for a good heavy 'O' frame single stage.

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Another thing to think about is what you can sell the parts in the Lee kit for if you upgrade and find you don' need the parts anymore. Your dies will fit on whatever you upgrade to.

Scale $15
Autoprime $15-20
Powder measuer $20
Press $30
Misc parts $10

So there's $85 of your $100 investment back, plus any savings on ammo you've made in the time between now and when you can justify/afford a Dillon or whatever you switch to down the line.
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The $81.99 deal on midway (posted on page 1) seems like a really good deal, so I already ordered it, plus I use the $10 off $50, so total only comes out to $71.99 + $15 shipping. I was thinking about exactly what Rover was saying, if I really don't like the Lee press, I can just sell it and get most of my money back. Anyway, I know for sure my next press will be the Dillon 550, but just want to get into reloading first and learn about it. Thanks for all your help.
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i started the same way with the LEE hand loader, then then a Rockchucker, a LEE Progressive, then decided i wanted a more reliable progressive so the 650XL was the answer. i sold the presses i didn't need and used the money for the next one.

The way you're thinking is the Smart way of doing it! Good Luck and have Fun
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