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Lee 1000 progressive press

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by mek42, Apr 27, 2008.

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  1. mek42

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    I think that I will be able to pick up a Lee 100 series progressive press for stupid cheap (under $50) soon. It's going to need a little cleaning and TLC.

    Is the online manual sufficient for a disassembly / cleaning / reassembly or is there a better place to go for such information?
     
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    If it is in need of cleanup, then start with a detail-strip-and-clean.

    Sort out the gears and other parts in the shell plate carrier assembly and install new ones, and have some spares on hand. These are the parts most likely to have been abused and damaged, and may well have been the source of an un-technical owner's frustration.

    Other parts to be routinely replaced would be the springs for case retention and the primer anvil spring. IOW, build your list of parts to order from Lee.

    If the primer trough is at all nicked, grungy, or worn, get a new one--one for each size of primer, and get some extra trays. When you get these, lube them down with a slight amount of powdered graphite using a swab. Make sure the graphite is dry, not the spray-on stuff. You may need to bend the primer "shaker bar," or even replace the right rear post if its notches are well worn.

    The case feeder does work reliably, but may need some tweaking for the Z-bar, and the Z-bar holder part mounted on the right front post may need to be replaced if it is well-worn.

    When you set up the press, concentrate on setting the #1 die first, and then bring the PTED die into adjustment.

    For the #3 / combined seater-crimper, you need to spend some time as both the die body and stem need to be adjusted to have a suitable crimp.

    Tackle tweaking the case feeder slider last--hint: "The STP tip" in the Load-Master videos works well here, too.

    Once the Pro 1000 is set up properly, it should work quite reliably for you. I added the the case feeder and collator setup, and when I was using it (and organized with extra filled primer trays, etc.), I could load 500 rounds of my typical semi-auto fodder per hour, using the Lee Auto Disk Measure.

    The main disadvantages are the PITA routine for primer-caliber changes, and the 3-die paradigm. Because of the true progressive operation and the 3-die paradigm, it also is a lousy press to do load development work on--i.e., frequent charge weight changes, or bullet / crimp changes, etc.

    Set up for one caliber for semi-auto ammo, it's a wonderful little press.

    Jim H.
     
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    Well, this will be my first progressive press, but I do already have an old Pacific single stage and a Lee (non-progressive) turret press. In fact, talking about getting extra turret holders is what put me on to the deal in the first place. A local gunsmith took it in on trade from some guy who hadn't done reloading in some time and had the poor thing "sitting in the barn a few years".

    I figure it isn't anything that some disassembly, a toothbrush and a bit of CLP won't fix.

    Thanks for the movie links, I will be watching them soon!

    Oh, regarding caliber changes - my first thought was to set it up for 45 ACP. If I do that, and don't mind the finishing step on the Pacific press, any reason not to have the bullet press not crimp and do the final crimping as a last step with the factory taper crimp die like I do now?
     
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    That is an excellent price, and it sounds like you have a good start on getting it up and reloading in your decision to clean everything thoroughly. I loaded all my pistol ammo on two Pro1000s for many years, and the press must be kept clean to work reliably. Lots of good info in this thread, and it's good to see that there's lots of helpful stuff on the Internet. When I started with the Pro 1000, the machine was brand-new, and (if you don't already know) Lee's instructions tend to be somewhat.....whimsical. I always found their support to be topnotch, though, and I think that if you take the time to get your machine set up properly, you'll reload lots of good ammo on it.
     
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    "...When I started with the Pro 1000, the machine was brand-new, and (if you don't already know) Lee's instructions tend to be somewhat.....whimsical."

    Yup. The advice given out now, and readily available on the Internet in forums like these, was hard-earned for many of us.

    Jim H.
     
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