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Old April 29, 2005, 02:03 PM   #1
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Lee loader from 1961

I found a hand reloader made by Lee for .45 ACP. It's in a box about 5" x 6" with a decapper, a die, a primer loader, a primer remover pin, a case removing tool, bullet seater, and a # 039 powder measure. The brass is hammered into the parafin lubed die then the primer is removed, the case removed from the die and a primer inserted, the powder added the bullet seated and it's all sone with a hammer, one round at a time.
Does anyone remember these? Does the powder measurer add the correct amount of grains depending on the powder type. The loading chart lists 4 types of powder and weights of 4.2 to 5.9 grains.
Can anyone offer any help with using this loader?
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Old April 29, 2005, 02:23 PM   #2
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You know what's funny, I stole this link from a thread, just 2 posts older than this one.
http://www.beartoothbullets.com/prin...e=Tech%20Notes
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Old April 29, 2005, 02:28 PM   #3
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I started out on one.
Anybody sez you can't make good ammo with a $20 lee loader is full of poop.
You just can't make a lot of it really fast.

http://www.thefiringline.com/forums/...d.php?t=169232
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Old April 29, 2005, 02:37 PM   #4
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45 - You'd be surprised how many of us started out using the Lee Loaders way back when. Mine were in 22-250 and 30-30, still have them.

As for the powder dipper supplied, it almost always yields loads at or near the minimum for a given caliber. In other words, they are neither accurate nor do they give you an optimum load. I would advise getting a scale (a beam will be the least expensive and is very accurate) no matter what. You'll need one eventually anyway. The same goes for a reloading manual (or two).

Safety advice - always wear safety glasses when using the Lee Loader or, in fact, when doing any reloading with any press. The Lee Loader has a bad reputation for setting off the occasional primer when hammering them in. I know I've set off my share. Use a plastic, or hard leather hammer, never a metal one.
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Old April 29, 2005, 03:54 PM   #5
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Just bought mine...

yeah that link was from my thread. I've found the lee kit is very easy to use and once you get the process going it's easy.
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Old April 29, 2005, 09:53 PM   #6
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I have lee loaders in 220 swift, 22-250, 243, 270, and 22 hornet. i dont use them for production, but for working up loads at the range they are about the best thing i have found. the quality of ammo they will produce is second to none. i also agree that a good scale and manual are crucial if you want any level of performance. good luck and welcome to the highly addictive world of reloading. Above all, Be Safe!!! Andy.
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