Originally Posted by rjd3282
If you are spending 3 or 4 days a week at the range you might want to do a little better than Lee. Now all you Lee people here don't get your panties in a wad. I'm not saying Lee is bad just not heavy duty like some other brands. If you are planning on loading 2 or 3 hundred rounds a year then Lee would be a great choice Certainly wouldn't be my choice for loading thousands of rounds. Also if you are going to be loading that much anything but a high quality progressive is going to get old fast. Every time someone announces they bought a cheap gun everybody is quick to point out that you get what you pay for. That applies to everything.
200-300rds a year?
I load on avg 400-500 rds every couple weeks with Lee Turret presses,and have done so for many,many years.The only parts that I've ever had to replace on either of my Turret presses is the spring that holds the shell holder,and I stripped out the Auto Index guide on one by short stroking the ram once loading pistol ammo.
Now I have equipment from almost every mfg,and some do make better stuff than others,but when it comes to a cast iron Single Stage or Turret press,the Lee's will produce just as much ammo as any other brand for a lot less up front,and last just as long.
Now I will say that Lee Progressive presses SUCK!,a Dillon,RCBS or Hornady is a no brainer there.As well as that thing Lee calls a scale,and their Powder thrower doesn't rate very high with anyone either.
In over 30yrs of reloading,I've never broken anything on a set of Lee Dies,but I've sent several back to Redding,and RCBS.
Nobodies perfect,and there will be things that break every once in a while.
RCBS does have one of the best Customer Service dept.'s in the business,and even if it was your fault,most of the time they will replace the part free of charge.
Red,Blue,Black,or Green,all of them make good reloading presses/equipment that will last the user for a lifetime of reloading if taken care of,and used properly.