Lee Loader in use

Store Bought Hand Tools No Advantage


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Q: My mate reloads for his hunting rifle with a set of Lee Hand Tools and claims his ammo is better than my reloads (which are assembled on a Redding T7 Turret Press). That can’t be true, can it?
Alan Harding

Lee Loader in use
Lee Loader in use

A: Maybe it can, but not necessarily because he uses straightline tools. Most benchresters who are the world’s fussiest handloaders, use hand-held straightline tools exclusively, but they are custom-made dies especially matched to the chambers of their individual rifles. The Lee straightline hand tool your mate has certainly can’t be guaranteed to deliver “better” ammo than your turret press with high-quality dies. A precision bench press will produce ammo as good as the handheld tool


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Nick Harvey

Nick Harvey is one of the world's most experienced and knowledgeable gun writers, a true legend of the business. He has been writing about firearms and hunting for more than 65 years, has published many books and uncounted articles, and has travelled the world to hunt and shoot. His reloading manuals are highly sought after, and his knowledge of the subject is unmatched. He has been Sporting Shooter's Gun Editor for longer than anyone can remember. Nick lives in rural NSW, Australia.

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