Lee Precision 9mm Pro 1000 Luger is a 3-stage progressive turret press that allows you to attach three different dies at once. It helps you by shortening the process of reloading and takes less effort in having to pull the lever so many times and adjusting different dies every time.
This review is about Lee Pro 1000 that’s why you’ll see the main features of the reloading press. You will also be able to compare the advantages and drawbacks of this Lee Pro 1000 and tips to use the Lee Precision 1000. Finally, the conclusion will include our professional opinion on why and why not get one.
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Lee Pro 1000 Review
Features of Lee Pro 1000
The most important features of getting the Lee Pro 1000 for 9mm are the following:
- Includes 3 types of dies full-length size, powder thru expanding and bullet seating dies.
- It includes #19 shell plates the appropriate size for reloading 9mm luger.
- It also includes a Pro Auto-Disk powder measure, a case feeder and priming system.
- Also, you can purchase the stand separately.
Lee Precision provides the necessary accessories with the press, so you don’t have to purchase more unless you want to reload bullets aside from 9mm Luger. The reloading press itself has three dials for three dies and a priming system in it.
At the pull of the lever, shell plate with 3 spaces for cartridges is pushed up into the dies and then turned. One cartridge is pushed out while an empty one is pushed in. The tube is similar to Lee Load master’s, except that it’s smaller. The basic feature of this press is similar to the Load master’s; it’s just smaller in terms of size and scale.
Advantages Over Others
It’s the mid-choice for those who consider 5-stage progressive reloading press is too expensive. The function is still the same and you still get to do 3 things at the same time with this press. A single turret press wouldn’t be able to provide anything near to the convenience of a progressive turret press.
It comes as a complete kit with the shell plate and 3 dies for 9mm Luger. You don’t have to purchase separate accessories unless you need a different size. That’s very affordable for a functional and smooth 3-stage reloading press.
Since it is progressive, it has a case feeder, priming system and 3 dials working at once, so a single pull of lever gets you a lot of things done. Time is the most important resource we can never purchase and this thing lets you save it.
Finally, this is a budget progressive reloading press for anyone who wants to reload quickly without spending 3 or 4 times the price. At no more than $300, you can reload 3 to 4 times faster.
The priming system of this particular piece of equipment is of concern. While everything else works well, we find ours were not able to seat the primer in place at random. It can be dangerous if you did not get to check every cartridge visually and takes your time instead of saving it. We would just suggest people to prime separately to be completely sure of it.
The dies still need to be screwed in, unlike the bushings that exist in other reloading presses. Considering the price, this might be quite obvious to see. The shell plates are also specific to the type of bullet that you are processing. If you want to reload something else, you may need to buy a different shell plate for it.
Tips for reloading with the Lee Precision 1000
- Make sure that you follow the instruction or manual that comes with the kit. It’s important that you follow the guide as that will make sure the press will work the way you want it to.
- Check for video tutorials if you are not sure how to do it correctly.
- You don’t have to use all the dies. You can choose to just use even one die. For example, if you just want to size the cartridges.
- Visual check on every cartridge after pulling the lever, especially on the first round. You need to make sure that everything looks okay and smooth before proceeding to reload faster.
- Be extra careful with the priming system and prime separately if you need to.
- Maintain the equipment frequently to make sure that it’s smooth every time you use it.
Frequently asked questions (FAQ<)
Q1. I’m a beginner. Should I get this equipment?
The press is very convenient to use once you’ve got everything set up. It’s still more expensive compared to single stage press and harder to assemble in comparison. Depending on your purpose as well, a progressive may not be suitable for you. You still need to understand how each die works and setting them up can take a lot of your time.
However, if you want to hate having to purchase a single stage and then a progressive, later on, you can get this one. The risk is that you will take a lot of time understanding the dies and won’t be able to use to its full potential immediately.
Q2. What’s wrong with the priming system?
There are lots of other customers who have complained about the same thing. The priming system is not as accurate as we expected and with quite a high margin of error. You risk spilling the powder and even triggering an explosion.
If you wish to use it, make sure to visually check it often and clean it up once you notice that powder is spilling out of the system.
The Lee Precision 9mm Pro 1000 Luger is a budget 3-stage progressive press that performs well aside from its priming system. The construction is solid and operating it is easy once you’ve got all the dies set up. As long as you follow the manual, you will be fine and be able to fine tune it and use it soon.
While it’s also not recommended for beginners, in the long run, you can get one and help yourself with increase your reloading speed.