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How to reload a bullet using the Lee Classic Loader.

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The Lee Classic Loader tool is a small kit made by Lee tools which allows you to easily and
economically reload bullets of any caliber. In this Instructable I will show how to use the tool to load
a .30-06 Springfield cartridge, but the process is the same for any cartridge provided you have
purchased the corresponding Lee loader tool.
 
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Step 1: What you will need:

One Lee Classic Loader Tool
One digital scale (optional)
One set of digital Calipers (optional)
Empty reloadable brass.
Gunpowder
Large rifle primers
Bullet(s)
One mallet or similar impact device.

Step 2: Cleaning

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Verify that the brass is clean and without damages.

Step 3: Resizing and Depriming

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Brass needs to be resized and deprimed if a primer is still present; to do this, place the brass in the resizing/depriming die, and tap until flush as pictured.  Insert the depriming pin into the top of the die, and ensure that the pin is placed firmly against the spent primer. Seat the resizing/depriming die on top of the bullet seater. Tap the depriming rod with sharp strikes from the mallet until you feel the primer come loose.

Step 4: Priming

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Once resized and deprimed, a new primer will need to be placed. Place a new primer, rounded side
down, in the priming chamber and place it underneath the resizing/depriming die with the brass inside. Insert the priming rod into the die and tap firmly until the primer is fully seated.

Caution: Once primed the casing has a small chance of accidental fire, so use caution around the primer.

Step 5: Check Dimensions

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Use a set of digital calibers to measure your casing. Ensure that the dimensions are within .020 inches of the design specifications for your specific caliber.

Step 6: Measure Powder Charge

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Each finished cartridge will contain a charge of gunpowder. The amount of gunpowder used should
either be researched carefully before loading for a specific load, or should use a well proven formula 
such as that given on the Lee loader powder measurements card. For this .30-06 round, I will be using
60 grains of powder. Carefully weight out the proper charge on a digital scale, or if using a regular Lee-loader recommended charge, simply use the yellow scoop included in the kit.

Step 7: Load Powder Charge

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Pour the measured charge into the top of the resizing die and into the primed case.

Step 8: Round Placement

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Ensure that all of the powder has successfully entered the case, and seat the primed and charged round inside of the die on top of the bullet seater.

Step 9: Place Bullet in Die

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Adjust the seating die to the height needed to correctly seat the bullet that you are loading, but twisting the stop collar. Insert the bullet into the top of the die so that it falls cleanly at the top of the case mouth.

Step 10: Final Bullet Seating

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Insert the seating rod into the die, firmly on top of the bullet and hit with the mallet until fully seated.
Flip over the bullet seater and hit again until the finished cartridge falls free from the die.

Step 11: Final Inspection

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Inspect the finished round for defects or damage, and measure the round to ensure that total cartridge
length is within tolerance specifications for your caliber.

Enjoy your finished round and happy shooting.
ak49er1 year ago
It is important to note that the Lee Classic Loader only neck sizes, so using the same casing between different firearms may be problematic. Pretty nice little setup though. Great pics!
RangerJ2 years ago
I have known about Lee loaders since I was a boy, but I had never seen how to actually load a cartridge with one. Thanks!
Lorddrake2 years ago
Nice job. All the steps are well explained and easy to follow. Keep up the good work.