Lee Cast Aluminum Pro 1000 Reloading Kit Review
Lee has a great reputation as a reliable carrier of presses and kits, both introductory and advanced, for all levels of experience. The Aluminum Lee Pro 1000 for 9mm can achieve 1000’s of rounds without just the occasional hiccup (like a problem with the primer feed).
If you’re a gun enthusiast, then you know ammunition is expensive and being in control of your ammo is a smart move. For the rest of you, you may be wondering what this device even is, and why you’d ever want or need it. Well, when you buy ammo from [easyazon_image add_to_cart=”default” align=”right” asin=”B000KOTZPW” cloaking=”default” height=”500″ localization=”default” locale=”US” nofollow=”default” new_window=”default” src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/418wV48PBfL.jpg” tag=”bestreloadingpress.net-20″ width=”260″]the store, you’re actually getting three things. A bullet, the primer and powder that burns when you fire the round, and the shell casing. Reloading is the process of taking those “spent” shell casings back to your workshop and adding another bullet, powder and primer to it. It’s recycling, gun enthusiast style.
Note that ammo reloading only works with ammunition that has brass casings. Aluminum and steel aren’t as good for reloading, so don’t even try, but brass was made for it. If you’re leaving your brass casings on the ground, then you are essentially throwing money away.
The Lee Pro 1000 Reloader Overview
This unit is one of the more reasonable on the market for a Progressive type, priced well below $200. The other big names in reloading kits are RCBS, Hornady, and Dillon, and all of these are significantly stronger and more expensive machines. But don’t be fooled here because you will get a comparable result from this Lee Reloader Kit.
The Lee Press saves money on its design by building with aluminum and plastic. This can be off-putting to purists, and it makes this particular reloading press a lower end, value priced model. That doesn’t mean it’s bad, but it is important to understand where this product exists in the progressive press ecosystem.
Lee reloading kits may be made with somewhat lightweight materials as compared to their more expensive cousins, but they are both durable and versatile. Because of their lighter construction, you do have to be a bit more vigilant, but as long as you are mindful of that, this particular unit will give you no trouble. Some even consider this an ideal starting progressive kit because of it’s cost and durability (and it would sure give our top pick a run for its money).
The Lee Pro 1000 contains just about everything you need to get started, including the:
- dies (full length size, powder through expanding and bullet seating dies),
- #19 shell plate,
- Pro Auto-Disk powder measure,
- and a small case feeder
The basic process of reloading is that you start with your brass casing. Everything else about the ammo gets added to this. Primer goes at the rear, powder goes in the middle, bullet goes at the front. Once your Lee Press is assembled, loaded and ready to go, this is essentially what happens each time you pull the lever. Of course that is a very service level explanation.
Although out of the packaging, this progressive press will allow you to reload 9mm casings, per the manufacturer, the press will actually handle shells of any caliber. All you have to do is buy the shell plate for the desired caliber and you are in business. That means you can reload the ammo for as many guns as you own, regardless of caliber, which makes the machine an even better value for the money.
The Lee Reloading Press is not without its flaws, and before buying, you should be aware of what they are. First, there’s the lightweight construction. More expensive presses are made of steel, rather than plastic and aluminum. Needless to say, they’re durable and tend to stand up better to daily use. That’s not to say that you can’t get a lot of mileage out of the Lee, you’ve just got to be a little more careful with it.
The second drawback with this model is the instructions. They’re pretty minimal, and are a constant source of consumer complaints. Fortunately, there are a number of YouTube videos made by frustrated customers that will walk you through setup if you run into trouble, but clearly this is a sore spot with a fair number of customers.
Over 80% of customers rated this product favorably (4 or 5 stars), while just 12.5% of customers rated this product unfavorably (1 or 2 stars)
Best Loved Feature – Easy to use once it is set up and price is right.
Most Frequent Complaint – Primer chute is easily clogged and hard to clean.
It’s no secret what you’re getting here. An accommodating progressive press that WILL work well for you. The Lee Pro 1000 offers good value for the money. If you’re not sure you want to fully commit to ammo reloading, but would like to try it and see, this is a great way to get started without breaking the bank. This reloading press review has found that more than three quarters of purchasers love it, and have collectively reloaded tens of thousands of rounds, so the Lee Press is certainly a capable performer. Though again, purists will scoff at its lightweight construction. If you’re okay with that, then is a great model to consider.