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progressive reloading

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by buckslayer65, Jun 10, 2011.

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  1. buckslayer65

    buckslayer65 Member

    Jun 7, 2011
    looking for info on lee pro 1000 reloader i am not use to progressive reloaders any help would be great
  2. cfullgraf

    cfullgraf Member

    Oct 19, 2010
    East TN
    Based on what i read, you would be happier with anything but a Lee Pro 1000. I am sure there are folks who like the Pro 1000 and would disagree.

    I have a Hornady L-N-L and a Dillon SDB. I like them both for what i do with them. The Lee was never even considered.
  3. rfwobbly

    rfwobbly Member

    Nov 14, 2008
    Cornelia, GA
    For its day the Pro-1000 was a wonder. These days the complicated design really shows its age. The word I use to describe the 1000 is "cantankerous". This subject has been covered numerous times. Please do a search.

    You'd be much happier with the Lee Turret or the LoadMaster.
  4. OldStumps

    OldStumps Member

    May 6, 2011
    I'm not going to champion the product because I see shortcomings. At the same time it fits my program of reloading. There is good value here. I don't think it's a press that will match the Dillon or the LNL for full progressive effort. Yet they have their problems too and most of them relate to priming. Search them out and you will read that too.

    Still think it good money spent, but if you've got the bucks (and the inclination) spend it on something else. I'm cheap and it so far has been really quite painless. Cramped a bit because of only three holes on a small diameter shell plate, but painless.
  5. fourrobert13

    fourrobert13 Member

    Jul 11, 2007
    S.W. Ohio
    I found the pro 1000 to run better than the loadmaster, but I will not buy another Lee progressive press ever again. If you enjoy tinkering with things, then the Lee won't bother you, but I would save your cash and get a Dillon. Just my .02 cents.
  6. FWest

    FWest Member

    Jun 7, 2010
  7. Galil5.56

    Galil5.56 Member

    Dec 20, 2007
    From my actual hands on experience with a Pro 1000, I'd look for something else. It simply did not feel of good quality, or perform reliably enough to suit me. Perhaps it has evolved since the one I bought NIB in 1990, but at that time it was nothing but constant primer feed issues, lack of staying in adjustment, and poor general feel. My mechanical aptitude/ability was fine, but it went back, and I went back to my RCBS RS-2.

    Later I picked up a Lee 3-hole turret that worked OK, and my last step 17 years ago was to get a Dillon 550B. If this is the last press I ever use or buy, that's OK by me. Maybe look into a Lee classic cast or their 4-hole turret if their capabilities meet your needs?
  8. Hondo 60
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    Hondo 60 Member

    Sep 6, 2009
    Manitowoc, WI
    I've had a Pro1000 as well. (past-tense)

    I agree whole-heartedly!
  9. Lost Sheep

    Lost Sheep Member

    Aug 16, 2009

    (second edit) Most of the posts before mine seem to be down on the Pro-1000, where you were simplye asking for information about it. Don't get discouraged.

    Evan Price's post is a good one and the link in my subject line is a wealth of information from successful Pro-1000 users. I was not one of them, so my first draft (below) was also kind of down on the Pro-1000. But, I repeat; don't be discouraged. Just informed.

    Go forth and good luck.

    What kind of quantities will you be reloading? That will determine if you really want a progressive.

    A Turret press with auto-indexing serves me much better than my two Lee Pro-1000 presses did.

    Since there is only one maker of turret presses that offers auto-indexing, it is the Lee Deluxe Turret or the Lee Classic Turret. The Deluxe is cheaper. The Classic Turret is undeniably superior. They both operate identically, but the Classic handles spent primers better, has a taller opening (takes longer cartridges) is cast iron, not aluminum (stronger) and has a steel linkage (stronger, too).

    If you need to do a couple hundred rounds at a sitting, any turret press will do well. More, the Lee turrets should be your choice. 1,000 rounds in an afternoon, a progressive.

    Lost Sheep

    (first edit) Sorry, I didn't answer your question in the original post.

    see this thread, possibly the best for your purposes:
    and then there are these:
    Last edited: Jun 13, 2011
  10. evan price

    evan price Member

    Dec 7, 2005
    http://www.ohioccw.org/ Ohio's best CCW resour
    There's a learning curve to running a Pro-1000 press, but the most important things to remember are:

    1. Keep it clean, especially under the shellplate in the carrier, and around the priming pin and chute. Some dry graphite down the primer chute will help a new chute slide better, do not get any lube or spray or grease in the primer chute, it is gravity powered.
    2. Make sure it is timed correctly to avoid sideways and mashed primers. Get to know the feel of the press, how it indexes, how the mechanisms move- that way you get in synch with it and you will be running it more smoothly.
    3. Keep the primer tray filled to the level of the top of the chute at a minimum. As soon as you can remove the tray without spilling primers, refill it.
    4. A little silicone spray lube on the hex rod will work wonders for smoothness.
    5. Get the case collator funnel. Seriously, it's $6 well spent.
    6. Get used to applying a bit more force to the ram's downstroke to seat the primers fully.
    7. If something does not feel right- something is stuck, something makes a funny sound, something looks wrong, the handle suddenly gets hard to move- STOP. Lower the ram (if you can) and try to find out what is causing the problem. FORCING the press to finish a cycle will just break something. Remove all the cases in the press at every stage of the process and set them aside. Fix the problem, then start the press going again. When you are done, go back and fix the ones you took out. That way you know you don't accidentally make a squib or double charge.

    Most of these things are common to ALL progressive presses. I make lots and lots of ammo on my Pro-1000 and once I figured out how to "be one with the Pro1K" it got a lot easier and faster. Don't get caught up in the "I load 600 rounds per hour on my press" hype especially in the beginning....Try for smooth first, and the speed will come eventually.
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