TBH the Lee Loader is an anachronism, only kept in production from sentimentality. It really isn't all that great. And might put you off the reloading experience.Trying to find a Lee kit to load my own 222 but can't find any in UK can you still get them. Iam new to home loading so would appreciate some help, like is there an other similar kit on the market. billm.
My .22 Hornet with very delicate cases is handling neck sized third loads perfectly. Never had a problem extracting or reloading/feeding. Sounds strange with some fireformed loading and others not. Could be operator error methinks.I’ve reluctantly given up on my lee loader. About 5/10% of my reloaded one-fired cases (in my rifle) end up being impractically stiff to chamber. Due to neck sizing only.
Other rifles may not have this issue, but in a stalking situation, I need maximum reliable feeding.
User error not possible here. Let me explain. The cases are tight before I reload them.My .22 Hornet with very delicate cases is handling neck sized third loads perfectly. Never had a problem extracting or reloading/feeding. Sounds strange with some fireformed loading and others not. Could be operator error methinks.
Strange indeed.User error not possible here. Let me explain. The cases are tight before I reload them.
in other words, this brass was factory ammo once fired in my rifle. If all I do is remove the primers and put the empty once fired case in the chamber some are stiff to close.
The initial chambering of factory ammo and then full length sized reloads is smooth and without issues.
yours may be different but my rifle does not like neck sized ammo. I also worried for the health of my bolt and chamber.
since Ive full length resized everything is well oiled and smooth.
just the way it is. Stalkers need 100% reliable feeding and I am not prepared to go back.
I don't even know where to start to respond to this.TBH the Lee Loader is an anachronism, only kept in production from sentimentality. It really isn't all that great. And might put you off the reloading experience.
A better entry level solution nowadays is a Lee hand press and a basic set of two RGB dies, plus a shellholder. And their ram prime. It will teach you how to use dies, rather than how to bash things noisily with a mallet on some sort of solid surface.
You might find that the hand press kit, including the ram prime and some other useful bits, and a tube of case lube makes economic sense over just the press.
Once you have one, other calibres cost only the price of some more dies.
So much faster to use. And better. No loading bench required.
It's how I started, and is still used. I can fit a complete, comprehensive reloading setup into a .50 cal ammo tin if necessary. Powder, primers, bullets, dippers, digital scales, callipers, some case cleaning stuff (scotchbrite), primer pocket scraper, case trimmer and deburrer included too, with room for more.
If you find that reloading is for you, then you have the dies, priming tool etc. to use in a bench press. You will still find a use for the hand press too.
Honestly, Lee Loaders are living in the past, over priced, although a darling of e.g. preppers living a fantasy of bugging out with minimal kit.