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Anyone out there use a Loadmaster but me ?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by bfox, Nov 22, 2008.

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  1. bfox

    bfox Member

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    How is it going ?
    Mine are running fine now .

    Bill
     
  2. rodregier

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    +1 on Loadmaster. It's a fussy product, but it does a lot of things too. There are videos on youtube that you should view if you haven't already.

    Two critical points:

    - Torque the drawbolt for the ram to spec, or the carrier will constantly slip out of time.

    - Use an empty sizing die in station 2 to align cases for priming.
     
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    Good machine. 11 years and over 110,000 rounds.
     
  5. bfox

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    Yeh after the Youtube videos and the Loadmaster site the
    Complaining about them seems to have stopped .

    Bill
     
  6. Walkalong

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    I have never used one, but they look like a well thought out machine.
     
  7. jfh

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    When I set up for reloading again last year, I dug out my Load-Master for the progressive. When I'd last reloaded, I was ready to throw it out the window--

    So I started from ground zero: I did a detail strip and clean, and even sent it to Lee for an initial setup. Then I followed up with changing out my die setups to five-die configurations, and I reviewed the (then-new-to-me) YouTube videos, and followed their advice.

    It now functions fine--but primer changeouts can introduce erratic priming if the trough and anvil assembly is not clean and, IMO, lubed with a touch with powdered graphite.

    Overall, I am satisfied--but if I could afford it right now, I would look awfully hard at the Hornady LnL.

    Jim H.
     
  8. EVIL1

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    I love mine. Pumps out the 45 auto like mad.
     
  9. MMCSRET

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    I figured mine out before the videos came out with help from Lee. Good machine and good service. I load 11 calibers on mine.
     
  10. jrou111

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    I love mine. I use it to load .44 magnum and it works well.
     
  11. easyrider6042004@yahoo.ca

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    My son-in-law has one and I'll set it up on my next visit. I watched the set-up videos in the loadmaster forum and youtube. I do not foresee any problems at all.
     
  12. Bronson7

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    I love mine. It loads 45 ACP like crazy. The primer and case feeding system are faultless.
    Bronson7
     
  13. bullseye308

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    I really like mine, it loads 9mm, 38, 357, 223, & 308. Soon to be loading 45 as well. I hand deprime and prime everything, but I have lots of time and like an extra chance to look everything over. They can be a little quirky at times, but are easily fixed and run and run with little to no maintainance. What more could you ask for for 189.00 ready to load? The Loadmaster is a bargain at twice the price.
     
  14. floydster

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    I have a Lee Classic Cast single stage and a Classic Cast Turret, I really like both presses, the turret has been great, but I am toying with the idea to get a Loadmaster now that all the negetive stuff has calmed down on the LM.
    I think 90% of it was BS anyway. I would use the LM just for my handgun loading, the single stage and the turret I will use for my long guns.
    Input?
    Thanks,Floyd:)
     
  15. Walkalong

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    All presses have their detractors, and champions. Many folks love their Loadmasters, just as others love their Hornady, Dillon, and RCBS progressives as well. It is definitely hard to choose without putting your hands on each one.
     
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    Walkalong,
    You are so right, if you watch all the presses in action, none are perfect,
    with the manual indexing on the Dillon 550 or the expensive cal. change on the Hornady LNL.
    In my opinion the progressive presses have to come a way to be foolproof.
    Just too many things to watch.
    Floydster
     
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