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Old 11-04-2012, 05:37 PM
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I am interested in starting the beginner stages of reloading 30/06. I do not want a press style due to my living situation. Any info on this style reloader would be great. Also any good mild powder/bullet combos would be great. Thanks
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I am interested in starting the beginner stages of reloading 30/06. I do not want a press style due to my living situation. Any info on this style reloader would be great. Also any good mild powder/bullet combos would be great. Thanks
I use Lee reloading equipment almost exclusively, but have never used used their little handheld press. I tend to use Hodgdon and Accurate powder. Just about every manufacturer provides online or downloadable data on their sites. Hodgdon offers good info. Try Hodgdon - The Gun Powder People.

Also, I like Lee Precision's reloading manual. They do have a customer service email address on their website. They may be able to give you some information about the handheld press. Whether it is Lee's manual, Speer's, Nosler's, a good manual may be your wisest first purchase. Read and follow directions carefully.

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Old 11-04-2012, 06:37 PM
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Thank you Mr mike. I have about 80 rounds of once fired for my 30/06. And have watched many videos on utube regarding this reloader. And as soon as I can swing all the components, I'm gona make the jump.
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Old 11-04-2012, 06:43 PM
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My rifle likes the 150 grain factory ammo and I would like to start there. Any suggestions on powder,bullet,Primer combos would be much appreciated. I'm looking for a good multi purpose load from woodchucks to coyote's and the occasional whit tail. Thanks
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I have yet to reload for a rifle but use an older Lee Load All for 12ga. Works great for what I do. If you load for a bolt action, you can load below factory specs. If your rifle is an auto, you may have to go with factory spec for function purpose. Don't know how far below factory spec an autoloader will tolerate.
The load you mentioned should be enough by far for cyote & whistle pigs.
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I have been using the Lee original loaders (classic) ever since I started reloading for my bolt action rifles. I am not a mass producer. Generally 50-100 rounds per caliber per year. The original Lee loaders also only neck size the case....so it is beneficial for that accuracy you'll get out of YOUR rifle alone. I live and continue shooting because of my Lee Original loaders. Simple and efficient. Each and every rifle is different. Lee Original loaders are often overlooked as options these days. To me....it's where reloading began. I do however use an RCBS hand priming tool to set my primers.
You will do well with the Lee Original loader, and it should be all you'll ever need. I don't do the 30-06 myself. If you need any help or advice, just PM me. Get a kit for your 30-06 before they can't be found anymore. Work on your bullet and powder selection later. There will be some other items you'll need to make the most out of your reloading kit.
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the original Lee Loader is a good way to start, especially if you have limited living space or a thin budget. I assume you are thinking of the "original Lee Loader" not the small presses.


I started with one and stayed with when I was single and living out of a small suitcase. They are simple and easy to use. You will get load data and a powder dipper for those loads. Just follow the directions. I had a number of these before getting a full press, unfortunately I've given them all away on the internet to starters.

this is the only Lee product I can recommend, the others are not well made and are not a value. If you are considering a Lee press, let us know the model.

Welcome, hope to see more of your posts.
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Old 11-09-2012, 04:11 AM
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I have and use a Lee Handpress. The nice thing about this press is that you can use regular dies and reloading techniques; and you will still be able to use the press even when your situation allows a bench mounted press. They are not perfect, and definitely the wrong choice for high volume loading; but are pretty good for a portable and inexpensive solution.

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I have a hand press, and at this point I once again use it more than anything else. It does a great job, and is super-handy for a space-limited situation. As has been said, it's not a great choice for loading a thousand rounds at a time, nor even for a thousand a month unless you _really_ like working the press that much, or _really_ havelimited space combined with a lot of shooting.

I'm keeping mine and will keep using it regularly.
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I began with the Lee Hand Press. Reloaded .357 Magnum, 30-06 and .375 Holland and Holland on it. I had two full Lee die sets and the Lee carbide seed die for .357 nd it all fit in a cardboard box the size of a boot box including a pound of IMR 4350 and a pound of Blue Dot and a couple boxes of bullets. I still use the Hand Press for sizing and decapping when Im doing a small batch of 20-30 cases and want to sit outside in the sun or not at my bench. it works with standard dies and it works well and gives you the choiec between neck sizing and full length sizing. That press turned out a couple different loads that are one hole reliable in those first two rifles.

I load primarily 180 grain bulletsin my 06 but with the 150 grain bullets in the 30-06, I like IMR 4064, CCI large rifle primers, in Remington cases and the Sierra flat base Pro Hunter.
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Manuy years ago all I could afford was the Lee Classic for 30-06. Labor intensive, but would get the job done. Learned to wear a glove on the holding hand when using the rod and hammer to seat primers. Every once in a while one would go off!

Using a little common sense and attention to details, it will load pretty good ammo.
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Old 11-10-2012, 08:06 PM
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Are we talking about the hand press here or the whack-a-mole loader?

IMO, don't waste your time with the whack-a-mole style.

You didn't mention what the "living situation" was but I had a press bolted to a 2x6 for MANY years before it found a "permanent" place. I just c-clamped the 2x6 to the kitchen table when I wanted to load, and put it away when I was done.
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Kludge after my 'wack-a-mole', which worked fine and I learned a lot about reloading from it; i went to a 2x4 stepup with an RCBS. moving around it and that big c-clamp fit in my '67 mustang with my liquid collection on state moves! I still use the RC bS Rockchucker. but the 2x4 now has a wagon/carriage bolt into my reloading table.
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I to started with a lee loader for .308 about a year ago , I learned quite a lot with it and really got me into reloading. I also got the primer pocket cleaner,the case sizing tool , and chamfer tool for case necks from lee and lee"s reloading manual. I went to range and shot more cause cost much cheaper reloading. I since moved on to a press cause loading for .223 and 30-30 now, but still enjoy using lee loader from time to time.
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Thanks to all! And yes I am referring to the "whac-a-mole" style. Space is limited so any style press is out. My father inlaw has a progressive press, so once I get the load I'm lookin for dialed in I can go down and wail some out. I'm only looking for something to get started on the cheap. What would you suggest for must haves other than what the kit comes with?? I will be reloading only once fired from my rifle.

Again thanks to all
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Old 11-11-2012, 11:29 AM
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The kit contains all you need to get started. Later on, a powder scale and reloading manual will help out greatly. Forgot to mention a powder funnel.
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Any suggestions on a powder, primer to start with?
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You will also need a rubber mallet/wooden stick and some case lubericate, either a spray on can or tube and pad.


Lee Loader 30/06 Spring - Lee Precision
http://leeprecision.com/cgi-data/instruct/RE1422.pdf

I've got about 8 different ones in the man cave (no 30-06) and used to carry one in .41 mag in my rucksack during local training exercises and tap them out during down time (80's era) Got to be I could tap out 50 rds an hour. They come with instuctions and has a powder dipper with recommended load data. They can produce good accurate ammo. Have fun with it.


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You can look at the websites of Accurate Powder, Alliant, Hodgdon, Ramshot, and Vihtavuori and see what load combinations they have. A caliper might be a good thing to get also
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Old 11-16-2012, 04:34 AM
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I you REALLY don't want a "press", perhaps I could in interest you in this instead?

Lee Breech Lock Hand Press Kit
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