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Lee Hand Press

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by TenDriver, Oct 27, 2009.

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  1. TenDriver

    TenDriver Member

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    I know you all have heard this question before, but aside from the actual press, what other supplies will I need to get started? (other than the obvious brass, dies, bullets, primers and powder).

    Seems as though I may be hitting the unemployment line soon, and I'd like to get started before that happens. Otherwise I'll be at the range with my 22s while my 44 and 270 stay in the closet.

    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. ants

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    Get some books on reloading. They will tell you the minimal equipment you need to start.

    We can list all the equipment you can buy, but from the books you'll get a better idea of what you need.
     
  3. jcwit

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    Midway has a kit on sale during the month of Nov. that has everything needed expept the dies, reloading manual, and components. Cost $80.00. From that you can upgrade as you wish or can afford to.
     
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    Who makes the kit, and is it pretty good/durable? Thinking of getting into reloading for rifle, and my Dillon Square Deal B only does pistols...
     
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    Same kit as what kludge recommends at Midway, $80.00. Google up Midway Nov. Flyer.

    Mfg. by Lee.
     
  7. chris in va

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    I bought the Hand Press Kit off Ebay for about $40. Comes with the press, sizing lube, powder funnel and Ram Prime.

    I then bought a Lyman #49 manual, read up on the procedure...asked around on the boards and bought:

    Old Redding beam scale for $25
    Used kinetic bullet puller for $7
    4pc 9mm die set on sale for $36
    9mm tray
    Electronic calipers off Ebay for $12

    That got me going, works quite well actually. They don't call it the ThighMaster for nothing though. Reloading is very addictive and when you can't set the sucker down for 4 hours straight, things start to hurt!

    But...you can do this while watching a movie.
     
  8. RoostRider

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    Hmmmm..... yeah, you should get the reloading book(s) first and then determine what you need....

    And no, I wouldn't personally reload while watching a movie..... re-prime? sure... but not something that I feel needs as much attention as reloading does.... I'm sure some people can pull it off, but I'm not willing to risk it (the risk being squibs or double charges)
     
  9. jcwit

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    While I don't reload while I watch a movie or any other television for that matter,
    Always, always load in batches placing charged cases in a loading block, then checking with a flashlight for a load in each case. Very easily and quickly done.

    Chanch for squibs and dbl. charges goes to nil.
     
  10. Noveldoc

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    Load on a turret press. I learned to glance and check the charge on each case that goes through die #2.

    Tom
     
  11. TEDDY

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    press

    I do believe you are better of with the Lee cast turret press.it will single stage and also auto advance.it is much sturdier than the others and the lee or hornady LNL means new adapters that cost as much as a lee turret.and it wont cost near as much as other brands.I have gone from hand presses to turret.as the hand press was about all there was when I started in 1937.
    :rolleyes: :uhoh:
     
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    Sure....

    Sorry to hear about your predicament, brother.

    Sure....

    Requirements...
    Reloading dies
    Shell holder (if not built into the press)
    Priming tool (if not built into the press)
    Reloading press
    Reloading manual
    Calipers (physical measurement)
    Powder scale (powder measurement)
    Powder dispenser

    And of course...
    Empty cases
    Powder
    Bullets
    Primers

    Then there are some accessories that make things easier....
    More reloading manuals
    Primer trays (for loading the primer tool)
    Kinetic hammer (for removing bullets)
    Case storage trays & bins
    Ammo storage cases
    Case lube
    Case lube pad
    Tumbler & media
    Case trimmers (usually for bottle-neck rifle only)
    Sturdy bench
    Comfy chair or stool
    Dedicated reloading area
    Shelves
    Filing cabinet
    Universal de-capper die
    0-1" Micrometer
    Chronograph
    2009 Dillon calendar


    Some people will argue that the Dillon calendar is a requirement. :D

    Hope this helps!
     
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    If you have a reasonable amount of spare time and plan on reloading 1000 rounds per year or less and / or a 100 rounds or so a session or less, you can get by nicely with the Lee hand press. I've had mine for over 20 years and it has served me well. I have no idea on how many thousands of rounds it has chucked out for me, up to and including 45-70 . I had a bench mounted " C " press too years ago, and the hand press is just as fast for me and my applications. If your needs or spare time amount warrants a faster system, then that is what you should go to. Other bare essentials you must have are dies and common tools to adjust them, shellholder heads, a priming device ( I use a Lee ram prime ), proven reloading data, a powder funnel , a scale, patience, and an appreciation for detail. Load safely, enjoy, and best of luck.
     
  15. kludge

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    No, it's not the same kit, that's why I mentioned it.

    The kit on sale at Midway does not have the Auto Prime or the shell holder kit. If you can live with priming on the press, then save the money and get the $80 kit. That kit is $84 every day at Natchez, and Natchez will probably charge you less for shipping too.
     
  16. jcwit

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    You're right, missed the auto prime addition Lee Part # from Natchez is 90030--Lee Part # from Midway is 90050.
     
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