Why "Reverse Reloading Snobs" like Lee equipment

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Why "Reverse Reloading Snobs" like Lee equipment

Postby Hawkmoon » Thu Oct 07, 2010 7:27 pm

A new Cabela's Shooting catalog arrived in the mail a few days ago. Finally had time to browse through it quickly. I was taken aback by what I discovered in the Reloading section.

I started several years ago with a Lee "Anniversary" kit, which was a single stage press and some other stuff. I didn't know anyone else offered similar kits, but they do.

Hornady offers a Lock-N-Load Classic kit. It includes:

  • Single-stage, O-frame press with die bushings
  • Lock-N-Load powder measure
  • Digital scale
  • (3) Die bushings
  • Primer catcher
  • Hand primer tool
  • Reloading block
  • Chamering/deburring tool
  • Primer turning plate (??? = flip tray ???)
  • Aerosol case lube
  • Reloading handbook

And you get all this for just $329.99

By contrast, check out the Lee Breech-Lock Challenger kit a couple of pages later in the same catalog. It includes:

  • Single-stage, O-frame press with die bushings
  • Perfect powder measure
  • Analog (beam) scale
  • (3) Die bushings
  • Hand primer tool
  • Powder Funnel
  • Case trimmer
  • Chamfer tool
  • Tube of case lube
  • Primer pocket cleaner

This kit sells for $109.99

Neither kit includes dies or shell holders. In essence, then, with the Lee kit you get basically the exact same functionality for one-third the price. To look at it another way, with the Lee kit you get the entire kit for less than the price of the bare Hornady press ($129.99) You can add in a set of dies, a set of shell plates, and a reloading manual on top of the Lee kit and still be less than half the cost of the Hornady kit.

Is the Hornady press better than the Lee? Probably. But is it worth three times the price? Probably not.


Postby zuke » Thu Oct 07, 2010 8:43 pm

So there's free advertising for LEE!

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Postby darwin » Thu Oct 07, 2010 10:11 pm

Nice catch, Hawkmoon.

The price differences run throughout the line and not just for the progressives.

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