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Old July 8, 2012, 09:32 PM   #1
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lee pro 1000 press

Man I swear I just got beat up by that thing. It works great when it wants too, but not tonight. seems everytime I got it going good something else would go wrong. I've had it for about 5 years, but really haven't used it much in the last year or so. Now i remember why. I only use it for 9mm lugers, was going to get one for the 357's but I think for now I'll keep useing my single stage press for those. can't really beat the old RSBC. Sorry guys I guess I just needed to vent after that.
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Old July 8, 2012, 11:11 PM   #2
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I hear you.

I started out on a RCBS Jr and shortly after, got a chance to trade for a RockChucker which served me for a few years. But then I got a couple of Pro-1000s that raised my output, but which I never got used to.

So, I traded up to a Lee Classic Turret. Out of that, I can match the output I used to get out of my Pro-1000s and felt much safer doing it. Changing calibers is a breeze, too. If you think you might like to consider it, I have more advice I could share.

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Old July 8, 2012, 11:29 PM   #3
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its the stupid primer mechanism. i just disabled it all together to get it to work.
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Old July 9, 2012, 05:19 AM   #4
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Thanks guys. and yes it's always something to do with the primers. it either misses cases or it trys to push them in side ways. and if it misses a case you get powder all over the place so you got to clean it or the primers wont feed at all. lovely I say. I'm thinking it might be time for a nice dillion.
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Old July 9, 2012, 06:48 AM   #5
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I am considering the Lee classic turret and would appreciate more information on it.
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Old July 9, 2012, 09:00 AM   #6
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My old Pro 1k gets used as a rapid depriming press now. When kept perfectly clean, it was good for about 300-350rnds per hour. Most of the time it was more like 200. Now, it deprimes as fast as I can pull the handle & keep the case feeder full. I cut the primer feed off the shellplates & removed the guts.

Amazingly, even though similar in design, I don't have trouble with the Loadmaster. I just loaded 1k ea of 9, .40, & .45 this weekend and had about a handful of rejects that were primer issues.
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Old July 9, 2012, 09:24 AM   #7
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its the stupid primer mechanism.
yes it's always something to do with the primers. it either misses cases or it trys to push them in side ways.
Pro 1000 primer feed system is gravity based and to keep it working reliably, you need to keep the feed ramp clean, ensure the push rod top is not dropping above the ramp surface and don't let primer run empty in the feed ramp (especially with small primers that are lighter in weight). When a primer is jammed against the push rod/bottom of shell plate and you force the ram lever, you'll gouge the feed ramp surface that will keep the primers from smoothly feeding.

Here are some solutions to address Pro 1000 primer feed issues (see posts #65 and #67) - http://www.thehighroad.org/showthrea...36#post7773536
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Old July 9, 2012, 03:58 PM   #8
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Thanks BDS-THR that link is very helpful. I'm going to look over my press tonight and check it all out.
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Old July 10, 2012, 05:14 PM   #9
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I will have to say that the Lee Pro 1000 is a little tricky at times.when I first started I messed up a few rounds.( mostly missing primers )but now and knowing what to do I can load more rounds with it and faster than my dad with his old Dillon.

like one said you have to really watch out for the primer feeder.keeping the area clean and the hopper full helps out alot.I like to just giggle it at times to make sure the primers are falling like they need to.even keeping a close eye on it so it doesn't run out.other than that all of my 380,9mm and 40 ammo comes out just fine with great accuracy.

heck if I had the room I would just buy a press for each cal I load for.but I don't have the room for that many press'.just have the room for the tool heads.
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Old July 12, 2012, 04:36 AM   #10
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Prime off the press and you will be much happier.
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Old July 12, 2012, 04:53 AM   #11
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i have two of the things. One for .45 ACP and the other for .38/.357. The .45 press has loaded in excess of 60k rounds.
The advice about the primer feed is spot on. Keep it clean and full - check it to make sure it is feeding and the thing will run just fine.
I have two Dillon presses also; they don't work any better than the Lee.
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Old July 12, 2012, 06:55 AM   #12
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I had 2 lee pro 1000, like everyone else I started with them because they were cheap and i loved them till I started having problems with the priming. I switched to a dillon 550, I never have a problem with it. I never have rejects. If they were cheaper, I'd have 2, 1 for small primer and 1 for large. I am always looking for a deal on a second.
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