My 1st press and reloading area

Just got the press up and running yesterday. Bought it about a week ago and built my bench and got most items ready, still more to do yet. Today I tested my 1st 20 rounds out on the range and they were great! I was happy with the accuracy, looking forward to adjusting the load on the next 20 to find perfect load.
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Nice set up... I like it and the bench could hold and elephant. Nice job!

Highboy
I actually bought the L-n-L AP from watching your videos on YouTube. Admittedly I wish I watched your much more recent ones prior to purchasing now that you have switched brands 🤦‍♂️, but it is my 1st go at this and I figure if I can run this press then in a few years it can only get easier! 😁. Thank you for the kind words and looking forward to contributing to the forum.
 
Just got the press up and running yesterday. Bought it about a week ago and built my bench and got most items ready, still more to do yet. Today I tested my 1st 20 rounds out on the range and they were great! I was happy with the accuracy, looking forward to adjusting the load on the next 20 to find perfect load.
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Looks great! Good luck. It's a great hobby.
 

walterbunning

Load Data Eligible Ruger Blackhawk
Staff member
Going to try some 40 S&W's 1st. Any tips for common issues loading this caliber?
I use my Lee Reloader press A LOT as it serves as my dedicated de-cap and bullet sizing station. It has earned it’s keep. As far as 40 cal.. I cast, load and shoot lots, including range-pickup brass. Any brass that I use that has the remotest chance of having the Glock Bulge goes through my bulge-buster die before it gets loaded. I have 3 .40S&W pistols, and they all like my cast/powder coated 175 gr SWC rounds. My 2 Glock 40’s have after-market barrels in them so that I don’t worry about shooting cast bullets or case bulges. Many folks don’t worry about those issues anyway, but I’m the “ounce of prevention = a pound of cure” kinda guy. Plus, I think my relatively inexpensive, drop-in traditionally rifled Storm Lake barrels shoot better than Glock’s polygonals.
 
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I use my Lee Reloader press A LOT as it serves as my dedicated de-cap and bullet sizing station. It has earned it’s keep. As far as 40 cal.. I cast, load and shoot lots, including range-pickup brass. Any brass that I use that has the remotest chance of having thenGlock Bulge goes through my bulge-buster die before it gets loaded. I have 3 .40S&W pistols, and they all like my cast/powder coated 175 gr SWC rounds. My 2 Glock 40’s have after-market barrels in them so that I don’t worry about shooting cast bullets or case bulges. Many folks don’t worry about those issues anyway, but I’m the “ounce of prevention = a pound of cure” kinda guy. Plus, I think my relatively inexpensive, drop-in traditionally rifled Storm Lake barrels shoot better than Glock’s polygonals.
Well it's good to hear you have gotten lots of mile out of the press/ bulge buster. I'll be using mixed range pick up brass as well. I only have one 40 cal. pistol (M&P 2.0 with a sweet trigger job) but I really like that round a lot. I think I'll end up with another in that caliber, perhaps another P226 or P320. I agree on the whole ounce of prevention thing too. Plus I'm too OCD to have wonky cases anyway lol.
 

walterbunning

Load Data Eligible Ruger Blackhawk
Staff member
Well it's good to hear you have gotten lots of mile out of the press/ bulge buster. I'll be using mixed range pick up brass as well. I only have one 40 cal. pistol (M&P 2.0 with a sweet trigger job) but I really like that round a lot. I think I'll end up with another in that caliber, perhaps another P226 or P320. I agree on the whole ounce of prevention thing too. Plus I'm too OCD to have wonky cases anyway lol.
Have you seen my videos on that Lee Reloader press for the cheapie case ejector and primer catcher?
 
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