Lee pro 1000 Vs. Loadmaster

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  1. Apr 14, 2009 #1
    waterhead

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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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    Krackels

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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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    Mercmar

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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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    EvilElmo

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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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    blefferd

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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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    Krackels

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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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    SVThuh

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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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