Lee Classic Loader???


MNOD Glocker
January 14, 2013, 04:07 AM
Has anyone used a Lee Classic Loader? If so can you post about your experience with one?


I have seen them advertised before and I did end up ordering one for curiositys sake. All of the reloading I have done has been on a single stage press. I certainly have no intention of reloading all of my brass with one of these, but I feel at times I could get some good use out of it.

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January 14, 2013, 04:12 AM
I opted for the lee hand press instead for the same money. Love being able to reload on the couch (without beating on things with a hammer).

January 14, 2013, 09:07 AM
Lee loaders are good at the range, or for low quantity ammo. Ive used it once or twice, years, and years, ago. Good for a few cases and easy to use with very little space needed.

January 14, 2013, 10:06 AM
I actually am using the original Lee Loaders for 20 ga and 12 ga standard shot shells. Neither are made by the current Lee Precision today however, they are available on ebay. It works for some things and makes a decent ammo though slowly.

January 14, 2013, 10:16 AM
I have Lee Loaders in a little more than a few calibers. Wish I had more. While I have many presses available I still use my Lee Loaders for load work-up at the range and at times for small batches. Brings back memories from years ago when I first started.

BTW, you don't BANG with a hammer, but tap with a plastic, rubber, wooden, or other mallet. Myself I usually use an arbor press like Sinclair supplies.

Lee is not the only manufacturer using this principal, Wilson dies are similar in operation.

January 14, 2013, 10:04 PM
I recently purchased one in 38special, my reasoning was that 25 bux is the cheapest way to give reloading a try. I can put out around 50 rounds every 40 minutes or so after they are deprimed. I do intend on buying a press and some dies but I find the classic loader to be pretty handy in a very low tech way.

January 14, 2013, 10:28 PM
They will make usable ammo.

But the money could be better spent on a reloading press & dies you will soon be buying.
As soon as you use the Whammer Bammer set-up a few times.


January 14, 2013, 10:51 PM
I've got several. They certainly work. And they're definitely portable. But, it's kind of like using a bit and brace instead of a power drill. Of course, a power drill is a lot more versatile than a bit and brace...

January 14, 2013, 10:55 PM
I also have a bunch of them and use them at times. Be aware that the rifle calibers (bottlenecked rounds) only neck size the brass. This will not work well with semi auto firearms as they need to be full length sized for a smooth trip into the chamber.

January 14, 2013, 11:12 PM
I used the Lee "whack-a-mole" set my dad had back in the eighties. I was able to assemble ammo with it but did manage to set a bullet too far back in a .357 case. The crude part of the kit is the one size fits all included powder scoop. I still have that .357 round, I was always afraid to shoot it. I guess I'll have to pull the bullet someday:)

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