Loadmaster help


November 27, 2007, 02:07 PM
Hey guys.

I just purchased a pretty ratty loadmaster for a song.

I know that the autoindexing parts are missing, among others.

However, I can't find any sort of parts fiche on the lee website - all I see are a listing of parts, without a picture of them actually on the machine.

Does anybody have the equivalent, or advice on figuring out how to get the parts I need?

And if anybody lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, and owns a load master, I'd like to see it in action to see what parts I'm missing.


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November 27, 2007, 03:19 PM
jimmyjam, in those lee parts lists--at least some of them do have pictures associated with them; look for the link.

You MIGHT want to go to their catalog, select the visual version, and then print out the catalogue page. With that at hand, some of us can probably help you.

next, do a search here--or look down the page further for the Loadmaster topic. There's several of us here who use it and really like it.

Once you get a handle on what you need, then call them--don't order online. They will probably help you with a more reasonable cost than you will get on line. But be sure to start with asking for technical assistance on your load master to get past the guardian of the Gate to (Lee) Knowledge.

Jim H.

November 27, 2007, 03:26 PM
Really there are only two parts to the auto-index of an LM. The shellplate and the index bar. THe index bar is made up of two pieces: The bar and the flipper (Lee part numbers LM3243 and LM3244 respectively).

The shell-plate you determine by which caliber you're loading, but number 19 seems to do most of the common ones.

Here's a direct link to Lee's Instructions for the LM.

You can call and order the parts directly from them, or try to find some of them through dealers like MidwayUSA www.midwayusa.com (http://www.midwayusa.com)

November 27, 2007, 03:29 PM
Sheesh, my picture is HUGE!!!! Sorry, folks. I thought it was dimentionally smaller.

November 27, 2007, 03:45 PM
There are only two parts to the loadmaster indexing system.

One is the indexer rod wich costs $2.99 from midway.

Here is the link


The other part is the Flipper which only cost a few dollars from lee.

The rod indexes the shellplate by pushing on the little indents on the bottom of the shellplate.

The rod is pushed in by the handle when you move it all the way up to the shellplate down position.

The reason for the flipper is to pull the rod back out when the turret is going down.

Here is an animation I made on how the rod interacts with the shellplate


There is a short description of how it works starting at about 4:30 in my lubrication video.


Darwin T made a good video on troubleshooting the Loadmaster indexing system, Here is the link

Hope this helps,


November 27, 2007, 09:04 PM
Thanks all!

I'll be watching all the youtube videos and instructions on how to set it up. Hopefully I'll be popping out rounds soon - my pro1000 is starting to bother me.

November 28, 2007, 12:21 AM
+1 on the Pro1000. Man, that thing was frustrating!

Can you take any close up pictures of your press?

November 29, 2007, 02:34 PM
Darwin, I'll go ahead and borrow a friend's digital camera.

I *think* everything else is there, but I'm not sure. I'm definitely missing all the autoindexing parts, but I'd like to batch up all my parts orders.]

Thanks again!

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