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I am lookin at getting in to reloading ammo for my .223, .40 S&W, and and possibly 7.62 x 39. Is Lee's kit for around $100 worth it. I don't want to throw 100 bucks down the hole. Thanks for your help
 

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Which kit is it and what comes with it? I have a lot of the Lee stuff and they have worked perfectly. Sounds like $100 is a good deal.
I have slowly added to the the Lee stuff and upgraded a few things because the basic kit can be time consuming and the hand held primer will make your hands sore and tired after about 100 rounds or less.
I also didnt like spinning each empty in a drill to clean and length size so I got a tumbler but the basic kit still works good.
 

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I have two kits, the one with the turret press and the one with the single-stage Challenger press.
I find that I prefer the Challenger press, as I like to do each operation one at a time. I deprime all cases, then clean them, then reprime all cases . . . etc.
I usually do just a box at a time, as I'm not into mass loading yet.
Hey, that hand primer will build-up your hand strength too! Helps ya hang onto those big bores! :)
For my pistol plinking loads, I just use the little scoops that come with the die set. I got the 15-piece set of powder scoops too - increases my range of loads. That was a nice accessory, though for real precision you'll need the powder measure and scale.
 

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OK Silentknight: this is the real lowdown on reloading:
You won't save a dime.
Not even one.
What you will do is shoot a lot more on the same dollar and shoot better quality ammo if you just pay attention. I started with a Lee loader for a .270 win in 1971. I use a press now and have both Lee and RCBS dies and like both but I won't throw away my old Lee loader. My single biggest piece of advice is to buy at least one good loading manual and follow it. Going outside the boundaries of published loads is asking for trouble.
What you will gain is a new hobby and a lot of fun. Good luck!
 

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I think,(once in a while) there is a place for all types. It all depends what your looking for. Like me and hundreds of others have bought all types of loading equiptment over the years. I have come of the opinion that if I did it correct the first time I would have saved a fair amount of change.I got a good buy,so I thought on two lee progressive presses. No other words describe "trash",Dies ok, Finally bit the bullet and bought Dillons for pistol only. They work excellent for rifles BUT! all my rifle loads are target exact. The only thing I can't controll is the primers which I have found that Rem primers seem to be the most concistant. Now a place for everything and everything in place, Lee scoops in the garbage.
 
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