Lee pro 1000 Vs. Loadmaster

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  1. waterhead

    waterhead XDTalk 500 Member

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    I'm looking at getting a new press and cant make up my mind on wich to get. Has anyone had expierance with either of these and pros cons of each of them? Both got decent reviews on midway website and not really looking to start a brand debate. Thanks
     
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    I have a Lee Pro 1000, but if I could do it again I'd get a Loadmaster.

    My main reason is that I'd like more stations. I'd like to seat bullets in one die and cimp in another as opposed to doing it all at once.

    I found a few topics discussing the two.
    Lee Loadmaster Press - Shooters Forum
    Loadmaster vs. Pro-1000 - TheFiringLine Forums
    Lee Pro 1000 vs Loadmaster - Topic Powered by eve community

    Is it safe to assume that you'll only be reloading pistol cartridges? Because if you even think you'll reload rifle cartridges you'll have to go with the loadmaster.
     
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    If you really need to buy a cheap progressive press, then you'll probably do better with the 1000 than with the Loadmaster. I have loaded tens of thousands of rounds ...tediously... on a Loadmaster. In my opinion, they're probably the absolute worst progressive press made, period...
     
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    LoadMaster all the way. There isn't too much of a price difference up front but the extra station does give you some flexibility. I use a factory crimp or taper crimp die in the 5th station instead of seating and crimping in one, as Krackels said.
     
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    i just put a load master on order today from Midway :) its on back order though
     
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    Good luck, I've been waiting for my backordered Loadmaster from Midway for over 3 weeks now.
     
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    Meh.. Call Dillon and get a 550B or a 650B. Much better presses IMO.
     
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    Just FYI you may want to call Lee and see if they have any rebuilt units. My buddy at work was told by them to check around the end of the month and he got a rebuilt unit (40cal LM)for $179 + shipping last month.
     
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    Maybe you should read this... http://www.comrace.ca/cmfiles/dillonLeeHornadyComparison.pdf

    Dillon is hard for me to justify for the price. Now if I was a sponsored competition shooter I could probably justify dropping a couple grand on a 1050.
     
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    It really wasnt that hard for me to justify, though I did get my 550B at a steal finding it online for $225 shipped, NIB.

    I went nuts though when I bought all the supporting stuff and had money to burn and I wanted to pay once cry once so I went through Dillon directly for all the additional tool heads, dies and caliber conversions.

    Overall, I dont think I could be any happier with a 4 station press.
     
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    Yeah I'm not necessarily concerned about the price of just the press, but the price of the 'optional' accessories that kills me... case feeder $200+, bullet feeder $500+...

    Kinda sucky, but I digress.

    To answer the OP, I think the Loadmaster will give you greater flexibility for reloading since you'd be able to use the extra stations for separate bullet seating & crimping and you could use one as a powder check with RCBS' Lockout Die.

    IIRC, the Lee Pro 1000 has 3 stations and the Loadmaster has 5 so you'd be able to add a powder check and a separate bullet seating & crimping station.
     
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    I am happy with my pro 1k, it runs like a clock we have stopages now and then because something goofey happens, a primer miss seats or the bullet crimp and seat die gets full of bullet lube, you need to keep that primer tray full or you will get missfeeds but, its a good press and for the $150 I paid for it paid for its self easily. I would like to give the loadmaster a try and I may do so later on because the 3 hole set-up is a bit limited, I would like to run a lee factory crimp die but I won't sell my pro 1k until I buy something and it works better.

    People who say Lee presses are junk, don't take them for what they are, there entry level presses i'd call em the ford escort of the reloading press world, not the most expensive but they will work well if you have the patients and mechanical inclination to tinker with them a bit but for less than $200 what do you expect?

    It not fair to compair a Lee press to a dillon that costs a whole lot more, sure you could get a single stage or a turret dillon but I don't think that I could slow down to a turret or a single stage now that I'm used to zooming through 1000 rounds in about an hours time with my lee pro 1k.

    Try the pro 1k you can't go wrong for the price, but expect to take it slow at first and learn how the machine works I'd suggest running it dry at first with just empty brass and a few bullets to get the timing set just right and set your crimp and seating depth. Read all you can online about the process and be patient.

    Good luck,
    Aaron.
     
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    This is an older thread but take a look at The Load Master Zone if you are interested in the Lee LoadMaster. I'm sure other presses are ready to rock-n-roll out of the box. If you have the time and are willing to go through the learning curve the LM will pump out the quality with all the volume a reloader could ask for.

    I'm not trying to create a red vs. green vs blue vs. orange or pick a color debate. I'm just a retired guy with an opinion that keeps up with my my three sons and a on-in-law's weekend plinking and occasional range, target, sighting in time. We do about 800 rounds a week. I get to enjoy a couple of the weekdays spitting out the fodder and have the $$ saved from the bottem of the line progressive to spend on other components. FYI I own press from two other companies and still use them for our rifles. But Lee's LM works well for me. I'd seriously recomend it to anyone interested in saving money and has an ounce of skill with a file and can watch some videos and read.
     
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    I can't say enough how happy I am with my Loadmaster and all my Lee presses actually.
     

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