Lee Pro 1000 Progressive Press Review


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OldStumps
June 10, 2011, 04:28 PM
Well with powder (Power Pistol) and bullets (Berry's Plated 155gr.) and a bunch of sized, cleaned and primed .40 shells I began to make use of this press. For the way I load I make use of the three hole plate by using the bell/charge die followed by the seater and then a factory taper crimp die. This caused a bit of a challenge since the connection to the charge return chain wasn't in the right spot. No big deal.

I spent a lot of time last night fiddling with the factory setup to get the bell less and to understand the Pro Powder Disk. I went for .53, and then .57 to make a roughly 6.2-6.4 grains charge for the Barrys (all I am looking for is a light range load). Only generated about six rounds to chrono this morning. About 45 minutes invested in tweaking.

The velocities were light on my chrono at about 612fps. The Beretta 96 Brigadeer functioned fine though.

When I got back I upped the disk to .61 which gave me 6.6-6.8 grains of Power Pistol. The 6.8 number was the max recommended by Ben at Alliant. I started loading and lost about five rounds total to not having the bell large enough. I loaded fifty rounds, for now applying tension to the Powder Disk return lever manually, in about thirty minutes. I was quite pleased at the end when I did the last batch of fifteen in about five minutes. I mic'd them all and weighed them all and looked over the crimp. I expect that they will all shoot fine and if I need to kick things up a bit I'll go to the next level.

Overall this is fine as a totally dedicated press to one caliber and one load. The three hole makes getting the bullet on the shell a tight fit, especially the way I'm using it. Finally, once it is set I don't expect much to change and I will pick up speed as I gain confidence. I really like the shell feed and the collator. Worked perfect. I need to apply a spring to the return lever of the Powder Disk, but that's really the only thing I need to do. I believe this was the best $177 I could have spent on a progressive press for what I do. Great value here!:D

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Funshooter45
June 10, 2011, 04:50 PM
It's always nice to hear a positive review about a new tool. Especially when we hear so many negatives about that particular press. I sorta figured that most experiences were good but we just don't hear about those.

I use the Pro Auto Disk on my Classic Turret and like it a lot for pistols. I started out using the disks, but then I bought an adjustable charge bar. That thing works perfect for me. I don't have to "settle" for the closes diameter hole. If I want 7.1 gr, I can get 7.1 gr of powder. I don't have to compromise between 6.9 vs. 7.2 gr.

straitnate14
June 12, 2011, 02:36 AM
I got two of them. I got one setup for 38 special and the other for 45 acp. I have nothing but good to say about them. For what they cost you cant beat them. Get a ball point pen and steal the spring out of it and you will be better off than with the crappy spring they send with it.

Pete D.
June 12, 2011, 07:25 AM
I have two Lee Pro 1000s also. Many folk will bash the Lee presses. Not me. They have worked just fine. One of them has loaded about 60K rounds of .45 ACP ammo.
The adjustable charge bar is the way to go....get away from the disks.
What is the "chain" thing? Neither of my Lees has a chain anywhere on it.
Pete

OldStumps
June 13, 2011, 10:47 PM
I ordered the charge bar today for the press. When I did a trade off with the double disk kit it was a no brainer.

Lee doesn't make a .380 designated Pro 1000 (that I've found). Do I order another .40 and dies and plate for the .380 or.......?

Thanks!

bds
June 13, 2011, 11:32 PM
Lee doesn't make a .380 designated Pro 1000 (that I've found).
Sure they do:

http://www.midwayusa.com/viewProduct/default.aspx?productNumber=152820
http://www.titanreloading.com/presses/lee-pro-1000/380-auto-lee-pro-1000-


Do I order another .40 and dies and plate for the .380 or.......?
To convert from 40S&W to .380 Auto, you need shell plate #4 and .380 Auto dies. You will use the same smaller primer feed attachment.

If you want to use the case feeder, you can use the same small case slider, but you will need the small case feeder assembly. (http://www.natchezss.com/product.cfm?contentID=productDetail&prodID=LEE90659&source=googleps) 40S&W uses the large case feeder assembly (small case feeder assembly has aluminum sleeve where the cases drop down). You'll also need a standard Z-bar (http://www.midwayusa.com/viewproduct/?productnumber=915527) (40S&W and 45ACP uses a Z-bar with a bend in the middle).

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