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does the lee pro 1000 deprime as well as prime brass?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by cajun47, Aug 4, 2007.

  1. cajun47

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  2. uzimon

    uzimon Well-Known Member

    it deprimes on the first stroke that takes it up, primes when you bring it down
    but the primer catch hole gets clogged fast.
    i like to deprime and prime with the hand tool myself
  3. jfh

    jfh Well-Known Member

    ...and the key to dealing with used primers is to drill a hole in the benchtop under the press, then attach a jar to the benchtop bottom.

    Now, using a peanut butter (90mm dia, plastic) jar, carefully locate the jar top and mount it--when I did it recently, it was held on by the back press bolt, and two small (1/2") SM screws with washers.

    A 1" hole fits nicely between the press mounting bolts. Drill the bench hole and cut through the jar top. Screw on the jar--and voila!--a used primer catcher that can be easily emptied.

    Jim H.
  4. eng23ine

    eng23ine Well-Known Member

    It deprimes, but IMHO the priming system sucks. I tried everything I could think of to get mine to work..I took it off and cleaned/degreased it-primers upside down and sideways, I took it apart and sanded everything as smooth as I could-same ending, Just for giggles I tried several different lubes(very lightly) on it-same ending.:banghead:
    So I took the whole thing off the press and throwed it in the spare parts drawer. Now I deprime on a dedicated single stage, hand prime, and then fill my case feeders.

    If anybody could tell me how to get the dang priming system to work I'd be thrilled. :scrutiny:
  5. syh

    syh Well-Known Member

    There's 3 things that make it not work for me:

    -Too much powder flakes down in the primer section (Blow it out w/ compressed air)

    -Not enough primers in the primer hopper. When it goes below a third full, there's not enough weight on it to push them under the bullet (or so I guess). Also, make sure that the ones in the hopper aren't getting jammed where they reach the feeding slide (Sorry, don't have the manual in front of me with the proper names)

    -Rushing the forward stroke. Going too fast on this jams or knocks out of place the primer. At least I can usually feel when it's going in right, versus sideways / upside down / not at all.

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