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Old October 25, 2011, 02:00 PM   #1
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remember these

Anyone remember the lee loaders that you had to use a hammer with? I started my reloading with a 9mm one and my neighbor used to think i was CRAZY loading a bullet by hitting it on the end with a hammer!!!! lol
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Old October 25, 2011, 02:02 PM   #2
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Of course. Lee still sells them.
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Old October 25, 2011, 02:27 PM   #3
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Called the Lee Classic.

http://www.midwayusa.com/Find?userSe...ry=lee+classic
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Old October 25, 2011, 02:58 PM   #4
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And there were target models, the target model came with a hand primer and a neck reamer.

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Old October 25, 2011, 03:30 PM   #5
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Yep, I remember them well and still have a few. Those loaders are what got me over the fear of a primer going off when reloading! If you didn't set off a primer every now and then, then you weren't reloading enough.
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Old October 25, 2011, 04:16 PM   #6
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Somewhere I still have my 38 Sp/357 Mag and my 30-30 loaders and my Lee dipper set. I think I had less than $25 tied up in all that, but they work well. It's a hoot when you look at them, then compare them to the several hundred dollars worth of presses, dies, etc, that I use to load nowadays. And I am pretty sure I liked loading a lot back then, mostly because of all the work I did with the Lee Loaders.
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Old October 25, 2011, 04:26 PM   #7
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Yes i agree that is why i like my single stage press can take my time .. I know alot of people that got started with those lee loaders...
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Old October 25, 2011, 04:59 PM   #8
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Lee classics

Still use them. Got seven for rifle and pistol. Two for shotgun. Don't take up much benchspace. Got rid of the hammer and use a bottle capper for a press. 40,000 and still turns out good rounds.

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Old October 25, 2011, 05:03 PM   #9
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Yeah I remember them. Here’s one from a while back, 2 1/2 inch .410..... Check the price.
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Old October 25, 2011, 09:00 PM   #10
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I still have a 270 model.
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Old October 25, 2011, 09:08 PM   #11
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I had a 6.5 Japanese Arisaka, but I sent it off to someone who'd use it.

I've also got the .30-06 version around here somewhere, which is what my Dad and I started out on reloading.
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Old October 26, 2011, 02:13 PM   #12
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A long, long time ago, a friend of a friend of a guy I used to know's cousin had a college roommate who used one of these kits in their dorm room.

He stored it, and all the supplies, in a cardboard box labeled "Innocuous Box" that sat on the floor in plain sight.

When the occasional primer would blow, they would scramble to put everything away and open the window (no matter how cold it was) to air out the room before anybody came knocking.
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Old October 26, 2011, 02:39 PM   #13
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Mine get used occationally. If I am too lazy to set up one of my presses, I'll get out the Lee Loader. I have one in 30-30 that I had stored for a while (years?) and when I started reloading for my Handi in 30-30, I got it out. I had forgotten just how easy it is to use, and not slow at all (I was working up loads so I weighed each powder charge so that slowed me down a bit). Hammered out (really!) 20 in no time and not a bunch of equipment to clean and put away...
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Old October 26, 2011, 02:47 PM   #14
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My first reload was a 38 WC using a Lee Loader. On the kitchen table.
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Old October 26, 2011, 02:54 PM   #15
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Bought my first one in 1960 with errands and odd jobs money (at the ripe age of 11) in 12 ga.
I have no recollection of their cost then, but I do remember cardboard "cans" with a steel top of RedDot for something like $2.95/# or thereabout.
Over my early years I added 16 ga. and 30-06.
Still have them in my shop although I have not used them in 40+ years.
In fact, a few years ago I cleaned them up, CLR'd them and put them in a vacuum sealed foodsaver type bag.

I have progressed in my toys over the years but they hold a special place in my memories.

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Old October 26, 2011, 06:26 PM   #16
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I saw a used 38/357 set at the gunstore just the other day for $5. I had it in my hand and was going to buy it, but I decided not to. I figured it would just sit around. Now I wish I would have bought it.
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Old October 26, 2011, 07:16 PM   #17
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Bought one in the 60's for 30-06, seated two primers and they both went off!!!
Threw the thing in the trash, went out and bought RCBS tools and never looked back
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Old October 27, 2011, 04:34 AM   #18
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I used a leather glove 1956 I won a bench rest match using a lee loader and a scale. A couple of others were using the same thing as well.
Some rich guy had a press
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Old October 27, 2011, 03:00 PM   #19
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FWIW; I don't have the exact date, but the record for smallest group at 1,000 yards was held by a gent who loaded his target ammo with a Lee Loader...
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Old October 27, 2011, 03:28 PM   #20
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great for calibers that you dont shoot to many rounds of a year... also a great show for someone who does not believe you can load your own ammo... http://www.google.com/search?q=Lee+C...w=1024&bih=554
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Old October 28, 2011, 09:46 AM   #21
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I started reloading 30-06 and 38 Special using one about 1970. Man was an RCBS press an improvement.

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Old October 28, 2011, 12:45 PM   #22
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My 1st reloader 1972 Ft. Riley Ks. Western Marshal .357
Then i added a 30-30 kit for my .30WCF 1894 1n 1974 and still use it on occasion to this day.
This 10 year old is loading his own rounds before shooting.
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Old October 28, 2011, 04:33 PM   #23
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I still have mine for the .303 British. And it still makes a good load in the field.
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Old October 29, 2011, 05:04 AM   #24
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Lee

Great little kits. I must have about ten or eleven of them - lessee.....38/357, 30-30, .30-06, .45 Colt, .30 Carbine, 12 ga. (2), 16 ga., 20 ga., .410 bore. IIRC, there's also one in .303 British.
Noisy but they work just fine.
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Old October 29, 2011, 10:23 AM   #25
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Put one of these in your "survival kit". When the SHTF and you can't take your reloading bench with you, along with all the fancy equipment, you will still be able to reload.

A couple pounds of powder, a box or two of bullets, a few trays of primers, and it should all fit in a couple 50 cal boxes.

You'll still have ammo for that trusty rifle when there's none to be had at any price.


I see these, from time to time, at the range. Guys will use them for load workups. Most have a small arbor press instead of the hammer. Still hammer out the used primer but the press for sizing and seating.
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