Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by tightgroup tiger, Mar 24, 2019.
However, It would logically be the next press in line to be updated
Sorry to bring this back up but I have been giving this some thought. I truly believe that if I were to try bastardizing this press it would be figure how to mount the all metal Pro1000 shellplate carrier, adapting it to a 4 position shell plate and adding the Pro1000 priming system. In my opinion that would make this press perfect!
The new case feeder works flawlessly and makes this press a real keeper.
After buying the new case feeder for $38.00 and putting it on the press, I realized that all I would have had to buy is the piggy back for on top of the case shuttle and my old case feeder would have worked fine.
There are no part #s on the instructions for this but it is called the riser. It is for the tall cases.
I can't see a lot of difference in the two bodies other than a small snout sticking down on the new one where the case drops out.
I seriously doubt that this would have any impact on the way it would deliver a case.
I don't know if Lee will sell this part separately but I can't see why they wouldn't.
BDS put this link up and the part called riser is all you need to buy to feed the taller cases on this press.
I am looking forward to BDS's 5000 round report on this press.
Great, I love happy endings.
I am currently working on it, taking close up pictures of Safety Prime mod.
But unlike the Pro 1000's mostly repair/mod thread, my 5000 round review of Auto Breech Lock Pro will be rather boring as I will mostly be listing what Lee Precision already fixed and how reliable and consistent the ABLP has been working.
Once again I looked back through Lees site for the directions for the case feeder and now remember there are 3 different base pcs. The old style had either a large case base or a small case base along with large or small slider blocks. The new Universal Feeder has both large and small feed holes with a pcs to block one off.
When I bought my Pro1000 it came with the Large parts and would not work with the small 9mm or 380 cases. Then ordered a small case feeder and that fixed it. I then used the PEX trick in the collator for the 9mm and everything is super.
I've been contemplating one of these presses.
If you wouldn't mine letting me know- What is the height from your bench top to the top of the collator?
My bench top is at 44". I wouldn't want to be reaching to the ceiling to fill/shake the collator.
If you use lead bullets, 4 station ABLP is great for separate seat and crimp operations.
Hope you are enjoying your press, I am with mine.
You can always resize/prime separately. Using pre-resized and primed brass in Pro 1000/ABLP not only speeds up the progressive reloading but makes press operation silky smooth.
Sorry, I just don't see how adding a step and having to put the case into a press twice speeds thing up. The only reason for adding the ABLP press was because I needed/wanted a 4th position for the FCD to help out a finicky 45acp Witness. On the Pro1000 with the case feeder the only time I touch a case in the press is to remove it to weigh check powder. Yes I did try the sizing/priming separate and didn't like it. Felt out of sync.
I prime separately, then run through the ABLP, it is my dedicated .357mag press. It makes running that press an absolute pleasure. There is no work, just fun.
I have mine set up to resize in first station, M-die in second station, powder (auto disc pro) third station, seat bullet (right hand) and seat and taper, or roll crimp, in forth station.
This is with plated bullets.
With lead, resize in first station, ptx and powder in second station, set bullet (left hand) and seat in third station, and crimp in forth station.
But I'm ambidextrous, so with me it doesn't matter what hand does what.
I know, it's like learning a new process. I change things around some much on both my progressives, LNL-AP and ABLP, for what I load that I don't really have a set pattern that I'm use to in any press. I'm comfortable with all the methods I use and just run with them.
It's good to have options in life so we can do whatever we want.
I'd take those useless presses off your hands!
I like the idea of being able to use a turret instead of individual breach locks, but each die would have to be reset between the turret press and the ABLP.
If you resize when you deprime separately, you can also use a powder check die, since you no longer need the resize die. I’ve found a powder check die to be good with long cases where it’s difficult to see the powder in the case. Lots of good options.
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