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Old April 13, 1999, 11:12 AM   #1
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Loaded 400 rounds in 35 minutes last night on the trusty ol' 1000. Despite the fact that there was enough powder on the shell plate afterwards to load another round... it got the job done.

No malfunctions. Placed all bullets by hand. Checked the first few to make sure they were up to snuff and then let 'er rip.

Just thought I'd make some noise...
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Old April 13, 1999, 02:11 PM   #2
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Go Dillon Go...
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Old April 13, 1999, 02:54 PM   #3
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No! It was on a LEE!!!
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Old April 13, 1999, 06:28 PM   #4
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So, Chris, about all that extra powder on the shellplate...do you think it was supposed to go *in* the cases, maybe? If that's so, how many squib loads do you think you've got out of 400?
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Old April 13, 1999, 11:02 PM   #5
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Nah, with 400 rounds, considering I was using AA#5, every time the shell plate locked closed, the case freshly loaded with powder spilled just a few little "pieces" of powder. After 400 rounds that's quite a large amount of powder laying on the shell plate!

Between me and a pal of mine, we fired most of them this morning and they were all fine.

Can't knock Lee with performance like that!!!
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Old April 14, 1999, 06:10 AM   #6
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The performance sounds real good.
The safety sounds real bad.
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Old April 14, 1999, 07:33 AM   #7
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Just loaded 1000 rounds of .40S&W w/my Dillon 550B and didn't have 1 granule of powder on the shellplate!

But, I think we've gone here before w/this Lee vs. Dillon thing?
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Old April 14, 1999, 04:30 PM   #8
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So explain to me why one or two granules of powder (which don't even amount to .1 grain) flopping out ever time the shell plate indexes is "unsafe". Considering 1 granule per round, at 400 rounds, that's 400 granules on the shell plate. That's easily enough to cover the shell plate. But it's not enough PER ROUND to cause a problem.

So I had to brush them off... big deal. What's unsafe about this???
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Old April 14, 1999, 05:27 PM   #9
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When using a Lee 1000 in my misused college days, I took to putting my finger on top of the .357 case mouths during the indexing/advancing operation. With 296, even that tall case could not contain the mini-geyser of powder that would pop up.

Using a 9mm RCBS Green Machine, I did the same thing.

Not a tough thing to do, really. Encourages that extra measure of peeking at the cases to make sure they really got charged...

The RCBS worked better, but seemed more cantankarous than the old Star machines. Only two problems with Stars: NO WAY to not dump powder on every stroke; and muy expensivo (including oddball dies).

But when the Star hums, it's better than even a Dillon 550B.
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Old April 14, 1999, 05:55 PM   #10
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Cheapo,

The Star was my first progressive loader and boy was it a well built machine, odd ball dies or not. Ammo turned out was first rate.

Your right, when it hummed it was far better than a Dillon 550B.

I loaded tens of thousands of .38 Spl. HBWC ammo when shooting the bullseye thing.

Some of todays reloaders don't even know the name Star.

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