New reloader needing help?

ge0624me

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Feb 29, 2008
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:1zhelp::1zhelp:Hello, I just purchased a LEE PROGRESSIVE 1000 in 45acp , I am 100 percent new to the Reloading world, i have the reloader set up about 80% of the way right now and have purchased everything i need,the brass,tumbler,45acp reloading manual, except for the primers and the gun powder,i am quite confused on what i need to buy there, and also confused on the formulas for the powder and such,because of the liability factors this is something i take extremely serious, i'm getting real discouraged ,but not ready to throw in the towel just yet.Anyways I was wandering if there was anybody in the New Braunfels and surrounding area that could help me get going on my unit, or show me on there's how to get started, i will be reloading only 45acp for now, i would gladly pay you for your time, or if you could direct me someone who teaches this in a course. Thanks for your time Gene.:1zhelp:
 

country_boy

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I dont think I would have started out with a progressive style press for my first press, just because theres so much that could go wrong, just be careful and double check everything.

The primer the 45 acp uses is the large pistol primer.
What reloading manual do you have?? Im guessing since you have a lee progressive then you have the lee pro auto disk powder dispenser?? Lee makes a really good reloading book, it tells you what disk to use in the auto disk setup. What grain of bullet are you using?? Match the grain of bullet that your using with recipe table. The recipe shows the different powders that can be reloaded with that grain of bullet. Example: 185 grain jacketed bullet using the hp38 powder starting grains is 5.0 the auto disk for that would be the .46 disk. NEVER exceed 5.9 grains. Make sure you measure your powder charge, I check it every 3rd round.
 

Charley

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Aug 7, 2008
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I'm in NE San Antonio, message me if you need help, maybe we can nmeet if needed.
Not familiar with the Lee 1000, but do load on a progressive.
 

MadMo44Mag

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Jan 23, 2009
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The Lee 1000 is what I learned on way back yonder in the days of OLD!
Books, Books,Books - read my friend every reloading book you can lay hands on. Even with hands on help there is so much needed information.
I can tell you this from experience that with that press, it's instructions and a few reloading books you can safely teach yourself to load.
I did it and I was only 16 years old then - now dam near 50.
The 45acp is not a hard round to master
Also got to you-tube there are some good vids on there
YouTube - Reloading 45ACP with the Lee Press
YouTube - Reloading Ammo - A Time Lapse Journey.....

This is not brain surgery. The basics apply to all press designs: signal stage, progressive, hand held.
Take your time and read, read, read.
If you run into a problem PM me.
Good luck!
 

ge0624me

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Feb 29, 2008
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thx for all the input

Thx guys for all the input so far, the guy at Cabelas told me that the Lee pro 1000 was a good starter,but now from your post im thinking maybe i should of went with a single stage first, but i'll definitly have to pick me up some more manuals, only that not to many out there are specific to the LEE presses, i do see alot of the others like RCBS,HORNADY,AND DILLIN etc- manuals but not the LEE.
 

Bullseye Shooter

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ge0624me, reloading manuals do not include specific instructions on how to use a reloading press other than they may show how to reload a cartridge with a single stage press.

The various manufacturer's have manuals on how to use their specific equiment or they have links on their website's on "how-to". Lee should have included a manual for the press you bought. Heck, they included one with a single stage press I bought from them. Dillon IIRC has videos on how to use their progressive presses.

Reloading manuals do provide a wealth of info on how to reload, various powder types and burn rates, and load data. I own a bunch of manuals since I collect the older ones and sometimes that older data can come in handy. A friend had some Alcan-5 powder that he needed a load for. Alcan-5 has been out of production for about 20 years. I was able to find some loads in an old Speer manual.

If you're only going to buy one or two manuals, I would definitely get the current Lyman manual and probably a Speer or Sierra manual. Lee's reloading manual is simply a compilation of other manuals. I have both the Lee # 1 and #2 manuals and I never use them when trying to work up a load. The Lee manuals do describe how to load a cartridge with their single stage press, but not the progressives.

Also, a friend uses the Lee auto disk system, but he randomly checks the charges, since what the disk says may or may not be what it really throws.
 

ge0624me

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Feb 29, 2008
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ge0624me, reloading manuals do not include specific instructions on how to use a reloading press other than they may show how to reload a cartridge with a single stage press.

The various manufacturer's have manuals on how to use their specific equiment or they have links on their website's on "how-to". Lee should have included a manual for the press you bought. Heck, they included one with a single stage press I bought from them. Dillon IIRC has videos on how to use their progressive presses.


If you're only going to buy one or two manuals, I would definitely get the current Lyman manual and probably a Speer or Sierra manual. Lee's reloading manual is simply a compilation of other manuals. I have both the Lee # 1 and #2 manuals and I never use them when trying to work up a load. The Lee manuals do describe how to load a cartridge with their single stage press, but not the progressives.

Also, a friend uses the Lee auto disk system, but he randomly checks the charges, since what the disk says may or may not be what it really throws.
thx for that info ,i will look into those 2 manuals...
 

Texas1911

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Thx guys for all the input so far, the guy at Cabelas told me that the Lee pro 1000 was a good starter,but now from your post im thinking maybe i should of went with a single stage first, but i'll definitly have to pick me up some more manuals, only that not to many out there are specific to the LEE presses, i do see alot of the others like RCBS,HORNADY,AND DILLIN etc- manuals but not the LEE.
There's nothing wrong with a progressive. You can run it as a single stage if you so choose. I would even argue some points about a progressive are superior for new guys, like the ability to leave the dies in place, already adjusted properly. When we do our single stage stuff (RCBS), we are always having to adjust.
 

Sneakyabn

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Dec 9, 2008
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Also look at picking up the Lyman reloading manual. It has a basic reloading section on how to do basic reloading and what powder charge to use with what bullet weight. I suggest this to all my new reloading people. Above all else PAY ATTENTION TO WHAT YOU ARE DOING, and have fun.
 

Zen

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May 6, 2009
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There's nothing wrong with a progressive. You can run it as a single stage if you so choose. I would even argue some points about a progressive are superior for new guys, like the ability to leave the dies in place, already adjusted properly. When we do our single stage stuff (RCBS), we are always having to adjust.
That's where the Lee Breech Loading System comes in so handy - Just a 1/4 turn and the bushing comes out with the die still adjusted. Put 'er back in and you're back in business.
 

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