View Full Version : Lee Hand Press Kit?

November 17, 2006, 10:37
Hey Guys,

Another thread has got me thinking about getting back into reloading, as I sold all of my junk years ago. I'm having trouble finding 148 grain 38 Special wadcutter ammo at less than $20/box for the match factory stuff.

I only need to reload about 500 rounds a year of 38 special. Do you think the Lee Hand Press kit is a good option for this? What else do you think I would need (equipment wise) to get started, keeping in mind that all of my former reloading stuff is gone and I have forgotten much about reloading pistol ammo.

November 17, 2006, 11:29
I think the lee setup would be adequate, but I'd want the low end bench mounted press and auto prime tool just to keep it from turning into a chore. 38 target loads should be a piece of cake tho.

November 17, 2006, 12:17
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November 17, 2006, 14:07
The Lee Hand press works well. I have loaded ammo for rifle matches on one and have won targets. It looks funny with a $100 setting die on a $20 press but I did not want to have to set up with my other presses. If you are only going to load 500 rounds per year you will not have a problem. It will take you about an hour to do 50 rounds. You can get plastic tub to keep press, dies, bullets, and powder in and an other tub to keep primers. With this set up you can open the tub work for 5 or 10 minutes put the press back in the tub and come back when ever you have more time. With the hand press I have sized cases while watching TV. Your reloading stuff will then be kept together and out of sight if that is a problem. It makes a good small setup.

November 17, 2006, 19:16
This setup looks like just the ticket for my .38 woes as well...
Are these things commonly available? I did a quick search on midway usa, but found only a 25 dollar press...maybe I missed it....man, this sorta thing would be really cool! It would make watching tv with the significant other wayyy more fun. For me at least.
Will do a more in depth online search when time permits.

Mosin Guy
November 17, 2006, 19:34

November 17, 2006, 21:21

Here you go:


Powder measure kit here:


Dies here:


Looks like you can get set up to load small volumes for about $65. I'm thinking this is going to make a nice little XMAS gift for me.

November 17, 2006, 22:35

A buddy and I used a pair of the hand presses to load ammo in the Barracks at Pendleton.

Must have loaded several thousand rounds in those couple of years.

Still use the silly thing for sizing .44Mag cases while watching the toob occaisionally, on account of the Dillon and Redding press ain't very portable.

The Lee priming tool is a must have though.

The "Ram Prime" is slow, is a pain in the keester to work with, and there is absolutely no feel as to when the primer is seated.

Best of luck to ya!!

November 18, 2006, 16:49
For hand priming, you might want to check the RCBS versions. A better set-up than the Lee for that purpose. They are not all that expensive.