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very good but it takes a why to set up and get use to it.
very good kit but you have to extra bits to get auto powder to work .i have not loaded much yet as still getting use to it,but i am very pleased with the end result
Not perfect, but it works
I bought this kit to reload 38sp and 357mag cartridges.
At about £300 for the complete set-up including dies, I estimate my investment will be repaid after about 1000 rounds. This kit works and, with a bit of practice, I find I am able to turn out about 50 rounds in about 20-30 minutes. I am very fussy about checking -- I usually stop and check the power weight and the overall length every ten rounds or so --
and perhaps if I were more confident in the equipment and my skills, I could operate more quickly. However, there are frequent glitches in the process, so some steps have to be repeated. Here are a few minor problems...
- The turret doesn't always index around to the next position fully, which necessitates a few seconds of fiddling
- Sometimes the de-priming tool doesn't eject the spent primer into the exhaust tube, but spits it on the floor, so I have stop and pick it up
- The priming tool is the weak link in the whole system: it's fiddly to use, and I often need two or more attempts to get it to place a primer in the cup. If a live primer is fed but it doesn't sit in the cup, it usually falls on the floor. The tool works best if the primer hopper is pretty full -- I guess that pushes the primers into the feed better. However, sometimes operating with only a few primers in the feed is inevitable.
- I haven't found a way to empty unused powder from the measure back into the can without spilling some on the bench. I don't know if that's unavoidable with this tool, or whether I'm doing something wrong.
A few other points:
- The powder measure is not very fine-grained: I can't measure out anything between 4.0 and 4.7 grains, which are the top and bottom of the load range for my powder with 38sp. I understand that an add-on is available for more precise control. If I set 4.0 grains, I find that the amount deposited can be between 3.9 and 4.2 grains. Giving the apparatus a little shake makes it more consistent.
- The correspondence between the powder hopper size in CC and the weight of the charge in grains needs to be worked out by measurement. Approximate figures for a range of powders are given in the powder measure and the Lee reloading manual, but these don't even agree with one another. Perhaps that doesn't matter -- I suspect most people will want to use a scale (which is included) to check that the measure is dropping the right charge.
- The scale feels flimsy, which doesn't make me feel very confident of its reliability. To be fair, however, I have no evidence that it isn't accurate. I would be happier if Lee had included a calibration weight to ensure it was reading correctly. I will probably invest in a digital scale (with calibration weight) at some point, just because it's quicker to use.
On the whole, I'm happy with the kit and with the rounds it produces, which work at least as well as the factory ones. I think it's pretty good value for money, and will pay for itself in a couple of months. The only thing I'm disappointed in is the primer feeding device.
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