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Just when I thought I had all I ever needed...

#1 Post by popgunn » Wed Mar 28, 2018 3:42 pm

I'm a reloading tool 'junkie'. I collect old presses, powder measures, and am especially fond of beam scales. Now Lee is teasing us with a new offering, this https://leeprecision.com/auto-breech-lock-pro.html The price is so attractive, I know I will buy one. I don't need one, but, I'm weak. No clue yet as to availability date.
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#2 Post by offensivename » Wed Mar 28, 2018 3:58 pm

I saw this the other day. . . If only they had a #12 shell plate I'd be sold.

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#3 Post by lurker » Wed Mar 28, 2018 4:13 pm

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#4 Post by SpaceRanger42 » Wed Mar 28, 2018 4:18 pm

That is a pretty outstanding price. Have you checked to see if there are any early reviews?
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#5 Post by ErikO » Wed Mar 28, 2018 4:44 pm

Ack, no #12 shell plate. Guess I'll just keep on using what I've been using. Will be interesting to see what price I can sell these at. :)
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#6 Post by senorgrand » Wed Mar 28, 2018 4:53 pm

damn that looks cool!
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#7 Post by AZAndy » Wed Mar 28, 2018 5:03 pm

If I didn't already have two progressives-- one for each primer size-- I'd be all over that.
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#8 Post by popgunn » Thu Mar 29, 2018 12:42 am

SpaceRanger42 wrote:
Wed Mar 28, 2018 4:18 pm
That is a pretty outstanding price. Have you checked to see if there are any early reviews?
The msrp at the Lee page of $150.00 is high too. Midway is already listing the price will be $109.00 !
I could find no other info anywhere.
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#9 Post by Marlene » Thu Mar 29, 2018 1:41 am

Looks like a four hole Pro 1000 with manual primer feed. Neat.
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#10 Post by offensivename » Sat Mar 31, 2018 3:48 am

Just noticed that the #12 shell holder is now listed as 'coming soon'

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#11 Post by Ultravox » Sat Mar 31, 2018 1:33 pm

Well that looks like something I don't need. Wonder how long it will take before I buy one? :lol:
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#12 Post by shinzen » Sat Mar 31, 2018 10:01 pm

Interesting. I think I would be even more interested if it had a swappable turret head instead of the breech lock bushings
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#13 Post by m1ckDELTA » Sat Mar 31, 2018 10:30 pm

What's the difference between a turret head moving vs the shell plate moving?

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#14 Post by Marlene » Sat Mar 31, 2018 11:13 pm

m1ckDELTA wrote:
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What's the difference between a turret head moving vs the shell plate moving?
A rotating turret setup has one shell holder. The rotating plate setup has a shell holder under each die station that advances to the next die station on each pull of the press. Turret = three or four strokes of the lever per completed round. Progressive = one stroke of the lever per completed round, once the shell plate has been filled with cases that have advanced through the progressive stages of the system.
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#15 Post by shinzen » Sun Apr 01, 2018 12:20 am

Was more thinking along the lines of the pro 1000. Removable, not rotating turret head to make the die swaps easier

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#16 Post by Marlene » Sun Apr 01, 2018 12:29 am

Yeah. I agree, but it might be more stable this way?

This thing looks nice, but I’m not sure about where they’re going with this intermediate market location.
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#17 Post by ErikO » Sun Apr 01, 2018 12:34 am

offensivename wrote:
Sat Mar 31, 2018 3:48 am
Just noticed that the #12 shell holder is now listed as 'coming soon'
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#18 Post by shinzen » Sun Apr 01, 2018 12:18 pm

Marlene wrote:
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Yeah. I agree, but it might be more stable this way?

This thing looks nice, but I’m not sure about where they’re going with this intermediate market location.
Yeah, perhaps. I'm guessing perhaps it's trying to be a Dillon 550 competitor? That's where my removable turret head came from- give that all Dillon and lee progressives use a turret, I'm kind of surprised they didn't take advantage of existing tooling to do so with this one.

Also, IMO, every progressive press design going forward should have a primer pocket uniformer built into the stage prior to primer seating.
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#19 Post by eelj » Sun Apr 22, 2018 11:08 am

I was gone while this thread was discussed so I'll throw my 2 cents in now.

A definite step in the right direction for LEE, if they made it manually advanced and a manually operated drop tube primer feed like the old Dillon 450 I'd buy one.

I doubt if there any patent infringement issues involved so they could also make a press based on the Loadmaster that was a copy of the old 450 and I would buy it.

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#20 Post by Marlene » Sun Apr 22, 2018 8:00 pm

I dunno about the primer feed, eelj, but removing the cam rod from the center to make it manual advance would be a piece of cake. Literally all you have to do is leave one part out. There is also a manually operated primer feed accessory. It isn't the old tubes, but I think the Lee primer tray system is faster to fill and safer to operate and works just as well. Haven't used one of the manual slide mechanisms like the one for this press, but have used the feed tray on their hand primer and progressive presses.
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#21 Post by popgunn » Mon Apr 23, 2018 5:43 pm

m1ckDELTA wrote:
Sat Mar 31, 2018 10:30 pm
What's the difference between a turret head moving vs the shell plate moving?
It helps when loading cartridges like 30 carbine. Powders that fill most of the case and have to rotate with the shell holder can toss out powder every time they stop and start. It's pretty much all my 4-hole turret press is used for now. The 30 carbine is tall relative to it's diameter and has a rebated rim that makes it do the 'weeble wobble' .
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