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Old February 23, 2013, 07:12 AM   #1
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Which Lee Press Pro 1000 Or The Lee Classic Turret

My son & I have used the Pro 1000 & know how to keep it going BUT my new son-in law hasn't even shot a gun untill he became a part of our family .The thing is the 2 presses belonged to my cousin & he wanted them back so now i hcan only affors one of the two & i don't want Mark to be confused & as we all know that the Pro 100 can be a handful to keep working correctly so which should stat him out on he is a smart man & he does learn fast I jusy want to know what you fellas think
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Old February 23, 2013, 12:16 PM   #2
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I would opt for the Lee Classic Turret. It gives you four spots for dies and the primer system works a lot better than on the pro 1000.
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Old February 23, 2013, 12:39 PM   #3
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I love my Classic turret.

I've never used a Pro 1000 but, from what I've read, I wouldn't want to. YMMV.
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Old February 23, 2013, 01:52 PM   #4
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Here's my story

1: Learning on a progressive is like learning to walk wearing roller skates. It can be done, but it is a lot easier in shoes (single stage or turret).

Of course, you can load one cartridge at a time on the progressive until all the steps are understood easily enough.

2: If he only loads one caliber, a toss-up. If he might load more than one, the Classic Turret. Caliber swaps are MUCH easier on the turret.

I started loading with a single stage press. But I wanted more production speed. I happened upon a guy who had a pair of Pro-1000 presses, so I traded some stuff to him for those. I used those for a few decades.

I did not ever get comfortable with monitoring multiple simultaneous operations. At the end of a loading session, I was a nervous wreck (but never loaded a faulty round unawares but once when I ran my powder measure empty).

So, a couple of years ago I overhauled my loading bench and replaced almost everything except my scale and my single-stage press. I did a lot of research and settled on the Lee Classic Turret.

I am much happier now, my production rate actually has not suffered and at the end of a loading session I am relaxed and refreshed as well as well stocked.

Good luck to all of you.

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Old February 23, 2013, 02:14 PM   #5
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I have a Classic turret a Pro 1000 and a Dillon 650. If you buy a Pro 1000 you will spend more time trying to get it to run then reloading. I love the Classic Turret and think that is is great for someone getting into reloading. The Pro 1000 that I have is back in a box not even worth the bench space. I refuse to sell it because I wish its problems on no one.
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Old February 23, 2013, 03:52 PM   #6
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Concur with BigO
Classic turret is a winner and a bargain for the price.
My experiance with the Pro 1000 is negative and I can go into details if neccessary. With constant tinkering needed to make ammo with the 1000, I found reloading was just as fast with a single stage.
I sold the 1000 at a loss to an aquaintance who was fully knowledgeable of the problems with it. He too had the same issues.
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Old February 23, 2013, 04:55 PM   #7
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I think you already answered your own question, the Classic Turret is the way to go. Use it as a semi-progressive or remove the index bar and use it like a singe stage. I really don't see a down side based on your needs.
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