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Loading handgun and rifle ammunition has never been easier. Just add a bullet and pull the lever – it’s that simple. All other operations are fully automatic. One loaded cartridge is produced with each pull of the lever. Primers, like the powder, are fed only if the case is present. There are no wasted primers or spilled powder. An alternate loading sequence lets you load only one case at a time. Change calibers in just minutes. A Pro Auto Disk Powder Measure and Auto Prime II priming system are included. All handgun calibers also include a Carbide Pistol Three Die Set. The .223 Rem includes a rifle charging die. Calibers: .38 Special/.357 Magnum, 9mm Luger, 40 Smith & Wesson, 44 Special/.44 Magnum, .45 ACP, .45 Long Colt, .223 (includes rifle charging die. Not available in carbide.)
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Can the pro 1000 press be used for 223 WSSM or other rifle loads?

how about 30-06, 270 or larger rounds like 30-378?
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The Lee Pro 1000 Progressive Press is not compatible with cases longer than the .223 Remington. WSM and WSSM calibers are not compatible either.
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This is a pistol caliber only press. The only rifle caliber that Lee says it can do is .223 remington/5.56 NATO
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I run .223 on mine...gave a little description how I do it in my review...I'm pretty sure that is the biggest round you can run through it.
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Yes you can use multiple die sets with this press. But interchanging them is not easy.
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I have a friend who loads 223 rifle rounds with his pro 1000 and it seems to do well. However, with the larger rounds such as 30.06, 270 and 45-70 it doesnt seem to like the larger rounds as well. i would suggest the lee loadmaster that is built a bit heavier. The pro 1000 works great for handgun ammo. I load 9mm, 40cal, 45acp, 38spl, and 357 mag on mine. i use a lee turret press to load my 44 magnum and a single stage lee press to load my 45-70 and it works great! hope this helps
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As long as the shell holders and dies are available ( which I'm sure they are), then yes. Some very long rounds like 50 BMG may not work with this press because the throw is not long enough to fit the cartridge.
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Will this press work for the Beretta Cheetah 380 as well as the Bereta PX4 Storm compact .40 S&W?

If I buy the dies.
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This reloading press is set up for a specific cartridge and includes a caliber-specific die set. To switch to a different caliber, additional parts are required to reconfigure the press; they include a die turret, a shell plate (or entire carrier), a die set for the new caliber, possibly a different size case feeder tube, and possibly a different primer punch. Once assembled and adjusted, these additional parts allow the user to change the press to a different cartridge in 3 to 5 minutes. You can reach Lee directly for replacement parts at (262) 673-3075.
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Yes. I've loaded thousands of .40 S&W's. Never loaded anything as small as a .380, but the machine should work fine for it. When you order the dies, also get an extra turret so you won't have to reset the dies every time you change calibers. Leave the dies set in the turrets and just change the turrets out. You'll also need to get a #4 shell plate for the .380 and a #19 for the .40. Both calibers use small pistol dies, so you shouldn't need to change any thing else.
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yes for both
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Yes, with appropriate dies and shellplate.
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You can buy the setup for 40S&W. then for the 380 setup buy the complete Lee Pro Carrier #4 and the Lee Carbide Pistol Three-Die Set for 380. Get an extra Lee Replacement Turrets(3hole) to set the die in. The complete shell plate carrier can be removed by just one allen screw. Read the manual and go to the manufacturer website for they have video/tips on how to set up and work this press. I have the original setup for 45ACP and now have the other conversion for 9mm,40SW and 223.
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yes just the differnt dies and interchangeable shell plates
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Does this press 3 or 4 die stations?

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The Lee Pro 1000 Progressive Press (211015) has three die stations.
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Three: size/de-cap, flare/powder-drop and seat/crimp
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It is a 3 Die station
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It should be 3 unless specified on Lee's website.
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Only three.
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300 weatherby magnum

Can I reload the 300 weatherby mag with this press?
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The Lee Pro 1000 Progressive Press is set up for a specific cartridge and includes a caliber-specific die set. To switch to a different caliber, additional parts are required to reconfigure the press; they include a 3-hole die turrent, a shell plate (or entire carrier), a die set for the new caliber, possibly a different size case feeder tube. You would need to contact Lee directly for replacement parts by calling (262) 673-3075.
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NO , 223 IS AS BIG AS SHE GETS
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No, the Weatherby magnum series of bullets is too large/long to work in this press even if loaded singly. The only rifle cartridge that fits as standard OS .223 Remington. Some similar size cases may fit however Lee does not endorse the use of this press for them.
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Yes, but I prefer a single stage for at least the first stage of reloading rifle rounds. Run the case through the sizer/de-primer die first, then trim the cases to length. I also like to hand prime the cases to make sure of proper seating. After you complete this process, you can then use the progressive for the remaining stages if you like.
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No Sir, not even close to being able to handle anything near that size. I recommend a solid single stage for any Weatherby mag.
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will the lee 1000 45 colt press load the 454 casull and the 460 S&W

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As supplied, the Lee Pro 1000 Progressive Press (.45 Colt) will not load the .454 Casuall or the .460 S&W. Additional die sets and shell plates would be required.
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I would not recommend loading a 454Casull or a 460 S&W by a progresive press. I have a 500 S&W and will ONLY load by hand to asure accuracy with the powder and seating of the bullet due to the High velocity and potential danger with just a little variance of load. I weigh every laod to the 1/10 grn.

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If the shell plate carrier for the 45 colt also can hold the 454 casull or 460 S&W, then with the proper dies, it should work. I checked a major Lee product retailer and they did not have a shell plate carrier specific to these two calibers. Even if the casing fits though, I would suggest lubing them when reloading as the Lee 1000 is not designed to handle large amounts of pressure needed for larger cases. Hence, why only .223 Rem is offered as a factory setup.
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If the dies and shell holders are available in those calibers then yes.
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Will Lee Pro 1000 Progressive Press reload .30 carbine ?

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The Lee Pro 1000 Progressive Press is not compatible with cases longer than the .223 Remington. WSM and WSSM calibers are not compatible either.
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yes , its in their listed calibers for the press.
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Absolutely, .30 carbine cases are just like pistol and revolver cases.
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Yes, a .30 carbine is compatible size cartridge for the Pro 1000.
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can i use rcbs dies in the lee 1000 pro press

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The Lee Pro 1000 Progressive Press (211015) will accept RCBS dies.
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Yes as long as the dies thread is 7/8 x 14. Although I would suggest that you purchase the locking nuts from lee.
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THE LEE POWDER CHARGER ONLY WORKS WITH THE LEE EXPANDER DIE , THE LEE BULLET FEED [ if equiped } requires the special lee bullet seating die , so youll loose these features
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Yes. You can use any brand 7/8 X 14 dies.
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Can this press reload .38 S&W ammo?

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The Lee Pro 1000 Progressive Press, item # IK-211015, comes included with reloading dies for specific calibers; .38 Special/.357 Magnum, 9mm Luger, 40 Smith & Wesson, 44 Special/.44 Magnum, .45 ACP, .45 Long Colt, and .223. At this time Cabela's does not carry this Press in kit that comes with the dies for the .38 S&W.
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As long as you order the specific .38 S&W. Or you could order a press without dies then buy sku 90569
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contact lee on this, if anthing they will make you a set of dies to use at an acceptable cost.
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You buy the press for the Cal. You can purchase the dies and the plates to load different caliburs but I would recommend just buying the whole press for the calibur you want to load. I have a 9mm press and am now getting a 38/357 Press. That way you dont have to adjust everything when you change cal.
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10mm Auto?

I see it listed for the .40 S&W, will this also work for the 10mm Auto?
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Per the manufacturer the Lee Pro 1000 Progressive Press will be caliber specific. The .40 Smith & Wesson model will not work with a 10mm Auto caliber.
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It should, just adjust the dies.
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Absolutely. Any pistol die set you can use in a single, will work in this.
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What other parts are required to switch from .223 to 9mm without ording two presses?

What else do i have to order for the .223 press , to be able to reload 9mm as well?
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In order to switch the Lee Pro 1000 Progressive Press, item number IK-211015, from one caliber to the next you would need to replace the 3-hole die turret, shell plate (or entire carrier), a die set for the new caliber, different size case feeder tube, and possibly a different primer punch.
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I believe you need the die kit and a shell plate, at the minimum. Loaders that change calibers frequently purchase extra die turrets so the dimensional setup on the dies do not have to be redone each time you change caliber. Some also purchase additional powder measures. They would remain on the die/turret also. Having this would mean the dies and powder measure setups would be very close to ready for each caliber just by changing the turret with all the accessories included in the change. For safety and confidence in the round they should be inspected and measured for COL at the start of a run, and I measure once in a while during the run to check for changes.

The reason there are limitations on what you can load are 1. the overall cartridge size compared to the fully opened capacity of the press, and 2. Primer size. If your press is set for small pistol primer, the auto feed will not work with large pistol primer and vise versa. You can buy the parts to change primer feed. it may be less expensive and a lot more convenient to buy another kit.

In my case, I shoot 9s and 45acp. By the time I get a shell plate, turret, die set, powder feed, and large pistol primer feed, I'm within a few dollars of a 45acp kit. If I have two presses it completely solve the setup challenges that come with changing one press.
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You'll need a shellplate, shell holder, dies, and I would recommend getting a seperate turret so you can leave the dies set up and not have to adjust much.
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I want to load 223, 45 and 7.62x39 what do I need

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For the Lee Pro 1000 Progressive Press, item # IK-211015, the best solution to being able to load .223, .45 ACp and 7.62x39, would be to purchase the press in either .223 or .45ACP, and then buy dies and shell holders for the other 2 calibers.
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Obviously, you will need the Die sets for each of these calibers. You will also need to have the shell plate plate for each caliber as well. The shell plates are the disks in the shell plate carrier assembly that hold the case at the base and spins around to position the case under each of the dies as you pull the operating lever. The .223 Remington uses the Nr 4 shell plate and the 7.62 x 39 uses the Nr 12 shell plate and the .45 (ACP) uses the Nr 2 shell plate.

The best way to to this is to buy a turret for each caliber and install the dies for each caliber in its own turret. That way, all you have to do is change out the turret when you change calibers which is easy and quick to do. You might also want to buy a separate shell plate carrier assembly for each caliber and install the appropriate shell plate in each. Now all you have to do to change from one caliber to the next is to change out the turret and the shell plate carrier. This whole process should only take about 5 minutes. The only other thing that you need to consider is primer size. I'm not familiar with the 7.62 x 39 cartridge so I son't know what size primer it uses. It may be a different size than the .223 Remington, so you may need a different size primer trough on the shell plate carrier assembly that feeds the primers to the priming station. You will definitely need the large primer trough for the .45 ACP
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You will need the appropriate shell plate, dies and the large primer trough for the 45's and 7.62's.
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What else do I need to buy for this

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The Lee Pro 1000 Progressive Press, item # IK-211015, does not include any cartridge reloading components; brass, powder, primers, bullets, etc.
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You'll need brass, bullets, powder, primers, etc. you'll also want a good scale, a caliper to measure the rounds, something like a tumbler to clean the cases, inside/outside debuting tool and other basic tools. Don't buy this if its your first press. Get a single stage kit until you learn the basics. You don't want to spend time figuring out how to make this work when you need to learn the reloading process.
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What dies does this come with in .223?

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The Lee Pro 1000 Progressive Press, item # IK-211015, has the following specification: This reloading press is set up for a specific cartridge and includes a caliber-specific die set. The .223 Remington die set does not have a carbide die because it is a bottle-neck cartridge.
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.223 ONLY.
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can you reload 5.56 with this press?

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Lee Pro 1000 Progressive Press, Item: IK-211015, will reload 5.56 brass.
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Yes, the kit will reload .223 which is the same as 5.56
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what (full list) of items come with this press?

the .223 remington model
-all the dies?
-used primer tube?
new primer insert
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The Lee Pro 1000 Progressive Press, Item # IK-211015, includes press, PaceSetter 2-die set (full length sizer, bullet seater/crimper), turret, #4 shell plate, Pro Auto-Disk powder measure, Double Disk Kit, rifle charging die, case feeder and priming system.
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Everything shown in the picture including dies and shell plates for the caliber you specify is included. additional dies, shell plates will be required as appropriate for other calibers. I recommend additional turret heads for each caliber to save on set up time.
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With the lee pro 1000 can you use most lee dies. Do I need to buy special dies or can I use what I have?

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The Lee Pro 1000 Progressive Press item number IK-211015 is universal and will us pretty much all other manufacturer's dies.
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Yes, you should be able to use the Lee dies that you already have. I have used Lee dies that I bought in the mid-90's for the single stage Challenger press in my Pro 1000 press without any problems.
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Can I use .308 Dies with this press

I bought the Pro 1000 with .223 dies. I'm wondering if I can also use the press to reload .308, if I buy the dies?
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The Lee Pro 1000 Progressive Press, item # IK-211015, can be switched to a different caliber. To switch to a different caliber, additional parts are required to reconfigure the press. They include a 3-hole die turrent, a shell plate (or entire carrier), a die set for the new caliber, possibly a different size case feeder tube, and possibly a different primer punch. This press is not compatible with case lengths longer than the .223 Remington. The WSM & WSSM cartridges also are not compatible.
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What Rifle rounds can you load besides .223?

I would like to know if this can load other rounds then the .223. I have 22-250 and 30.30. I am looking into bigger round latter like a 30 06 and .300. I'm an wondering if this will do the job or need to look into another press.
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The Lee Pro 1000 Progressive Press, Item IK-211015, can be switched to a different caliber. To switch to a different caliber, additional parts are required to reconfigure the press. They include a 3-hole die turret, a shell plate (or entire carrier), a die set for the new caliber, possibly a different size case feeder tube, and possibly a different primer punch. This press is not compatible with case lengths longer than the .223 Remington. The WSM & WSSM cartridges also are not compatible.
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The space between the turret and shell plate is very short, I have not tried either caliber, an 06 maybe, but seriously doubt a 300 would work.
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Can this press load .270 win? Can RCBS dies be used in this press??

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The Lee Pro 1000 Progressive Press, IK-211015, is compatible with RCBS dies and could be used to reload .270 Win. with the correct die and shell plate.
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I have reloaded 243 with no problem. They are not much smaller then the 270's so should work. Just remember to lube the cases.
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300 win mag

Can you load 300 win mag with this?
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The Lee Pro 1000 Progressive Press, Item: IK-211015, is not capable of loading 300 WIN MAG caliber ammo.
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