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Old 05-15-2010, 10:31 PM
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Progressive Loader

Does any one have any experience with the Lee Progressive Loaders? I am looking an purchasing one and would like some input on them. I know dillon is the best but I don't want to sink that much money into one right now.
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Old 05-15-2010, 11:41 PM
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Re: Progressive Loader

I think Roaddog1m has one, but he had a big compitetion shoot, at the beginning of the month, and hasnt been around for quite a while. Might wanna send him a P.M. and ask if someone else doesnt jump in with some more answers.
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Old 05-16-2010, 06:44 AM
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Re: Progressive Loader

Consider a Hornady, Great machine with excellent customer service to back it up.
With the deal Hornady is running giving 500 bullets with a purchase, the price is hard to beat
I have loaded on a Hornady progressive press for over 20 years and am pleased. At one time I kept hearing how Dillon was so much better so I bought a SDB, I hated the powder measure and considering at the time it was almost the same price as the Hornady but would only load pistol cases I soon sold it leaving me unimpressed. Then I ran across a deal on a Dillon 550. The 550 is manual indexing... ON A PROGRESSIVE MACHINE!?!... at least I got my money back out of it. Still thinking Dillon must be better than Hornady because all of the internet experts kept saying so I began looking for a 650. I found a gun shop that had one set up and let me try it. The Dillon machines use the little brass buttons that are for case retaining and a real pain in the !$$. Then the dealer tries, on top of a machine that is more expensive than the Hornady, tries to sell me a Dillon strong mount and a roller handle... now the price is no where close.... easy choice. I purchased a second Hornady progressive press.
Many times in a brand vs brand debate I hear "my brand is the best" from those that have never owned another brand.... seems to be short on facts to me.
here is some good reading
http://www.comrace.ca/cmfiles/dillon...Comparison.pdf

One thing when comparing presses, get to operate them if possible. The one I use is a right hand handle operation and left hand case and bullet insertion and some others are not, this is what I am used to making others seem awkward.
Just what I am used to, others may seem more comfortable to you
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Old 05-16-2010, 08:56 AM
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Re: Progressive Loader

The reason I didn't jump on this thread sooner is because I had to stop and put on my helmet and flak jacket, but I'm ready now. I do not plan on buying any more stuff with the Lee name on it. The dies and other tools I have bought in the past that were made by Lee were inferior in material quality, though some of their tools are brilliant in design. I too would recommend the Hornady LNL AP press but don't have any experience with any of the Dillon presses.
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Old 05-16-2010, 09:49 AM
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Re: Progressive Loader

I also have the Hornady LNL progressive , with the brass feeder . it is the only progressive I've used , but I really like it . if you have a buddy with any brand progressive press I would go test drive it before you buy any press. this could give you an idea of what features you want and don't want . Jim
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Old 05-16-2010, 07:17 PM
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Re: Progressive Loader

I wont nock Lee. Ive never used one. but I will put on a plug for the Hornady L-N-L. I had to tinker with both the RCBS and Hornady before setteling on one. I love the L-N-L single stage that I have, and the quick die changing is a HUGE + in my book! and when I start loading pistol rounds, Ill be buying a Hornady progressive press. Oh, and yes customer service is AMAZING.
The Hornady may not be the best choice for extremely long cases, but I dont have anything longer than 300wby. and it works great for that size and smaller in my experience.
Ive never used Dillon either so I dont know anything about them except that there's alot of guys here on L/R/H that love them. Your the first person Ive hered of that didnt, and it certainly wasnt for lack of trying them out.
Good luck with your choice.
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Old 05-17-2010, 11:23 AM
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Re: Progressive Loader

The test drive option sounds like a good idea.
Maybe a web search to find a forum that supports the type off reloading gear you want to use so you can take advantage of their collective wisdom
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