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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.

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  1. cajun47

    cajun47 member

    Oct 29, 2006
  2. uzimon

    uzimon Member

    Apr 17, 2007
    Tomball Tx.
    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 Member

    Aug 28, 2003
    Maple Plain, MN
    ...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 Member

    Apr 30, 2006
    North Carolina
    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 Member

    Aug 2, 2007
    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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