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Old 07-12-2017, 01:40 PM
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Default First experience with progressive-Lee Pro 1000

I know what most here think about the Lee Pro 1000 line of progressive presses, and online reviews are a mixed bag also. Last Fall, before I had to pack up and move, I ordered a Pro 1000 in 9mm because I was curious: 1) were they really as bad as some say? And 2) can they be made to run reliably? And 3) What about consistency?

I was only able to get it set up and run app. 80 rounds initially. For someone who had never owned/used any progressive press, it was a little frustrating to get set up, but not impossible if you take your time. Once set up I did a "passable" job of loading and the rounds all fired with no issues.

Now that I am settled into my new place and have a permanent reloading room, I again got the Pro 1000 set up and am getting more comfortable with the operation and use. I have loaded another 175 rounds with only 1 primer seated sideways and last night's 75 rounds loaded with only 2 stoppages that still have me stumped, but no disasters. Watching all the YouTube videos helped a great deal. Being patient and taking time to set things up also helps greatly. I know that the priming system needs to be kept full to operate as it should, so I add 20 more primers than what I want to load, to keep them flowing. Using a separate seat/crimp set up on my LCT keeps my C.O.L. +/- .002" with the Pro 1000 it runs + .003-.005" . I've never had issues with any Lee powder measure and the Pro Auto Disk does as good a job as any, I am watchful of that pull chain! I do like the case feeder, once set it does what it's suppose to do.

All in all, I haven't found it to be a "terrible" piece of equipment. I take a lot of care in my reloading process and of my equipment. Now that I've had a taste of progressive reloading, I think I may like it. Have been looking at the Dillon machines for a comparison :-)
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Old 07-12-2017, 01:57 PM
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Run a high count of rounds and let us know if the 1000 needs attention to keep it running correctly. I have read a few reports that said they got tired of having to readjust the dies as well as other parts just to keep it running smoothly. I also have read many reports saying they had no problems with the 1000. Like guns we often only hear about the problems and not the good.
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Old 07-12-2017, 02:07 PM
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I personally take online reviews or opinions with a grain of salt. You don't know these people making the reviews or opinions, so you have no way of knowing their expertise or intelligence. Sadly, the majority of folks just aren't that sharp.

I can't recall all the times I've been in the market for some electronic or piece of equipment and would be reading countless reviews of how the item is junk and doesn't work right. However, if I get the item, I never have any trouble with it. So why is everyone else?

A lot of times it all comes down to capability. Follow the instructions and understand how to operate the item properly and chances are it will work just fine. Keep up the practice and this Lee press should serve you well.

I have a Rockchucker and that works for me.
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Practice makes perfect along with paying attention to detail. You will get it all figured out to your liking, Im sure.
Good luck and happy reloading.
They dont call it hand loading for nothing.
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Old 07-12-2017, 04:43 PM
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Lightbulb TOO MUCH TWEAKING FOR ME

I use mine to size/decap/bell cases ONLY. NO primers/powder/bullet seating. They then get finished off on the Rockchucker single stage & RCBS multi flo where I can see EVERYTHING that is going on, besides it being more consistently accurate. Faster than a single stage only & slower than a progressive. QUALITY ??? Plenty good enough for me. YMMV
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Over the course of several decades, I have loaded many tens of thousands of rounds of ammunition on the Lee Pro 1000s that I owned.

They have idiosyncrasies but so do all other progressives.

The only reason that I no longer use them is that I have gone to seating and crimping in different steps and the 3 stage press was no longer suited for me.

The Pro 1000s were replaced with a pair of Lee Loadmasters which have 5 stations available. They to have loaded tens of thousands of rounds so far.

I am in the process of moving right now and I may set up a pair of Dillon 650s in the new house. The Dillions have been sitting (still boxed) in my loading room for two years now. I never found enough free time to stop using the Loadmasters and switch things out.

When I unpack at the new house, whatever Pro 1000 spare parts I still have lying around will be Karma'ed off to anyone that needs them.
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Old 07-12-2017, 07:33 PM
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I've had four progressive presses over many years and finally decided I had no need for such machines. My first was a used Pro 1000. It actually worked pretty well as I recall, but I had been handloading thirty years when I got it twenty or more years ago. It had quirks; they all do. I was amazed at how accurate the Auto-Disk powder system was.

I suspect many of those who bellyache about such machinery are impatient, inexperienced, and expect everything to run perfectly all the time. That seldom happens. Operators may lack the prerequisite understanding of the mechanics involved because they have never loaded on a simpler machine. Whining in some situations is no doubt justified, but a lot of it may not be.

I don't believe a truly poor loading machine can survive in the very competitive market for very long at all. I'm not endorsing the Pro 1000 or anyone else's machine, but the 1000 has been around for a while.
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My Lees all worked fine, yes a bear to set up, but so were the 3 duces on my flat head. The 1000's and loarmasters were traded for guns and I now have several Dillons, Like my RIA's have gone and Colts and STIs have taken their place in the safe.
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