Well this morning the parcel arrived from Scotland containing the Lee Target Model Zero Error rifle Loader in .244/6mm Remington. So as you do I had a good look at it and cleaned it up as there was a few spots of rust here and there :frown then hunted out a few 6mm rem R.P cases. Three to be precise. Gave them a polish up with a bit of brasso then following the instruction sized one. I had to use the lightest rubber hammer that I have and it's not the best way so a plastic hammer is in the to get list now. As after all they are very useful for other things too.
Once de-primed the primer pocket is cleaned and the case sized by hammering fully into the die. The neck is reamed then case is trimmed to length mouth deburred inside and out. Normally then the case would be primed and than charges with powder and bullet seated but of course I am not allowed to do that.
I did find that as I had stripped the tool down to clean and lightly lubricate that the bullet seating punch needed adjusting so that the micrometer adjuster worked out to be on a major setting. Hunting through all my odd boxes and trays I found one lonely 6mm bullet that got left behind. It was badly tarnished so a quick polish up and we we ready t set up the micrometer adjustment to see how well it works.
This took a few trial and error settings of the seating rod :Banghead: we we got there eventually.... Doh! just read the entire instructions and it says how to do it easliy :Banghead: :stars:
For those who have never seen the Target Model Zero Error Lee Loader the seating of the bullet is done by hand. This is in fact a hand die all except the neck sizing that is. Now without a bullet run out testing set up, I might try cobbling one up using a ground vee block, checking bullet run out is rather hit and miss without it but rolling the cse on a flat surface by eye I cannot see any wobble.
Initial case prep takes longer as the necks are reamed and cases trimmed to length but after that I can see this being really no slower than using a bench mounted press. I would love to see how ammunition loaded using this tool compares that loaded on my RCBS Rock Chucker press. Perhaps we will be able to do a comparison one day but for now I am happy with my little collection of Lee Loader tools. It's a window into the past if you like. The load data sheet inside the box has Nobel Rifle powders No 0, No 1 & No 2 listed and those have been gone for quite a few decades now.