Originally Posted by tbury
I have been looking at the Hornady progressive on line. One question I do not find an answer to is if the Hornady powder measure will work with Lee powder through the expander dies. Any one tried this combo?
You should be able to use the Lee PTE die as an expander-only die though I've never tried. That would work if you set up your 5 stations as decap/resize, expand/bell, powder drop, and the last two stations as seat and debell/crimp, or as powder check, seat/debell/crimp.
I preferred to use a powder cop die and separate seating from crimping so I didn't have an extra station for a separate expander.
The Hornady PTX system works fine once you learn how all the parts interact and get it set up right. But whether you use the Hornady caliber-specific expanders or a Universal one, you will find yourself doing a fair bit of PTX-fiddling during every caliber change.
To avoid that, I bought a separate Quick Change Powder die and a PTX expander bar for each caliber. Changeover is put in the correct Quick Change Powder die, drop in the correct expander, attach the PM, and attach the PTX linkage bar. After the initial setup for each caliber, no further adjustments are necessary.
Any of these methods works. It's just a question of cost, time, convenience, and your personal preference among them.