I was at Cabelas today looking at re-loaders and saw the Lee Pro 1000... It was only $160 and looks like it would be a good re-loader to get for a beginner.. does anyone have one of these and know how well they work?
Isn't it funny how some people absoluetly hate these presses and some love them? I've used one for 40 cal for quite sometime now and never had a hint of a problem. I personally believe the failures come in inproperly set up machines. Yes, they may take a little tweaking to set up right, but once you get it they are solid. I haven't had to touch anything on my press in over 12000 rounds. I'd buy another one tomorrow but hey that's just me.
You must of missed the part of my post that said I haven't touched my press in nearly 12000 rounds. I keep it clean, but I keep all my stuff clean, even my green pressChances are your's was the only one that escaped that year. I'd also wager that you spend a lot more time cleaning and adjusting so it does work properly than those that own a Blue, Red, or Green press.
I'd also wager that you are not a "beginner". This press is definitely not for a "cherry" in the world of reloading.
I agree that the turret press makes a good beginner press. A step-up from a single stage yet not as complicated as the progressives.I'm going to recommend a Lee Classic Turret Press for a beginner. That's a whole different animal than the Pro 1000. It's a lot stronger, and operates on an entirely different principle. There is only one process happening at a time.