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my reloading 'stuff' is in storage - I recently picked up a S&W Brazillain Contract 45 ACP revolver.

Decided I wanted to do some reloading so I got a used Lee Loader Kit and 250 Keith Nose 255 gr swc, some CCI large pistol primers and a Pound of Accurate #7.

Reloading with a hammer seems a bit odd and is slower than even a single stage press but was quite enjoyable and the resulting rounds are quite pleasant to shoot. The load data for the dipper that comes with the kit is very mild - but for a nice old revolver thats ok
 

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So... Do you cringe every time you hit it with a hammer?:D

I enjoy reloading. I find it relaxing and I enjoy the attention that it requires.
I have used a progressive and a single stage but never a hammer.:)
 

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In my oppenion what you have is the best loader Lee ever made. They last alot longer than any other Lee equipment. ;)
 

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In my oppenion what you have is the best loader Lee ever made. They last alot longer than any other Lee equipment. ;)
I know people like to look down on Lee but I've had good luck with it over the years - pistol dies have been very good, the hand primer and case trimmer have worked quite well.

YMMV

Are you a cook or a rifleman?
 

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I load alot more ammo than most people. So far thsi year I`ve loaded around 3,000 rounds of .223, 500 round of .204, 500 rounds of .22-6mm, 500 round of .222 Rem. and a smaller volune of .38, 357, .44 mag, .454, .500 S&W, .257 AI, .30-06, .411 Hawk and I forget what all else. I load on a 55 Dillon and the Lee die bodies are to short for it, I can make the work but don`t like them any way. I started loading my own in 1965 and have been doing so ever since. I use what works well for me and if I have trouble with something I stay away form it. I also buy only Leupold scopes. In the past I`ve had trouble with every other brand, so I don`t buy anything else now. If lee equipment works for you use it, but it don`t hold up for me.
 

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7.62x54r in Lee Loader

I load 7.62x54r for my Mosin Nagants in a Lee Loader. Slow, but easy and relaxing. I'll sit out back on a nice day and reload 50 or so. The scoop load is a little light but is adequate for plinking.
I don't mind the hammer. It really is safe.
 

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Love my Lee stuff

I have been reloading for about three years now and have nothing but good experience with my Lee equipment. 4- hole turret and a single stage.
 

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I loaded a whole bunch of 303 British ammunition with a Lee Loader starting in 1965. I did have one primer fire when seating with the hammer. I decided this was related to a build up of crud in the primer pocket which supported the primer anvil too high. I started cleaning my primer pockets and never had it happen again. I still have that loader.
I once had a Lee Target model loader in 7x57 and it worked very well. In fact, If some one has one in 308 they would like to sell, I would be interested. GD
 

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I have used Lee since 1970 and started out with their little shotgun shell reloader that you needed a hammer for. No problems.
Since then I have reloaded a lot of different calibers and am set up with all Lee . from single stage press to progressive to Lee primer, and three shotgun loaders from load all up . all lee. no problems and would not buy anything else.
But thats just me
Mike
 

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I have reloaded over 50,000 rounds in the last ten years on my Lee equipment for about 20 different calibers. I started with a 3 hold turret for my .44 Mag, and quickly progress to the .357/.38, .45 Auto, .30-06, .32 Win Special, 8mm Mauser, 9mm Luger, 357 SIG, .45-70, .223 Rem, .30 Carbine, .32 S&W Long, .38 S&W, .44 Special, and some more I can't think of right now. I now have a 4 hole cast turret press with auto index and love it even more than the 3 hole. I also have the 20 pound and 10 pound Lee lead melters and 16 sets of molds. I have nothing but great things to say about Lee. Best buy in reloading. Lyman, RCBS, and Hornady stuff is probably great too, but most of their stuff is too pricey for me. And their dies don't come with a shell holder and cost more. The Lee Factory Crimp die is by far superior to any product made for crimping. I do have a set of Lyman dies for a .222 Rem. that a co-worker gave me, and they suck compared to Lee. Hard to adjust, and decapping pins break. I have never broke a Lee decapping pin in any caliber, even with a crimped in military primer. Just my .02 cents.
 

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I started with RCBS back in the early 70's, but I tried a Lee 4 hole turret and I was hooked. I gave the RCBS press to a friend but kept the powder measure and hand priming tool. I also still have the lathe type case trimmer but it just gathers dust, the Lee trimmer system is so superior till you can't compare the two.
I also have a Dillon 550B but it just gets used for my 40 S&W ammo, everything else is done on the Lee.
I also have a Lee hand press that I love to use when I'm at my cabin.
I haven't had any problems at all with my Lee tools, but I guess some people can tear up and anvil with a rubber hammer!:D
 
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