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Lee Load-All2 shotshell press modification

Discussion in 'Reloading Ammunition' started by John A., Mar 30, 2018.

  1. John A.

    John A. I'm "THAT" guy Staff Member Global Moderator Moderator

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    I'm sure that I'm not the only person who doesn't like to leave their extra gunpowder in the hopper after they finish a batch of shells.

    And (one of) the biggest drawbacks to the Lee shell press is the split hopper that separates the shot and the powder.

    So, this evening, I used a pencil and piece of paper and traced out the halves and cut a piece of pine shelving and essentially made a cap so I don't make a huge mess when I pour my powder back out into its' jug.

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  2. MikeD

    MikeD I'm Your Huckleberry Staff Member Global Moderator "Philanthropist"

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    Nice mod, that has always been a problem
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  3. John A.

    John A. I'm "THAT" guy Staff Member Global Moderator Moderator

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    I don't know why they don't just include a little plastic or rubber cap for the hoppers. It would only cost a few more cents a unit.
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  4. RichardL

    RichardL .270 WIN

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    I like that idea! Same here, I always disliked the red plastic lid for that same reason. I'm assuming you're securing the shot lid somehow? I think I'm not the only one that's ever dumped that danged thing all over the floor.
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  5. John A.

    John A. I'm "THAT" guy Staff Member Global Moderator Moderator

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    I just hold my hand over either lid while I'm dumping one side or the other.

    It's a little on the fat side, and just tension holds it in place and keeps it from just falling into the hoppers. That's why I used the drawer pulls to give me something to pull against when I'm taking the lids off.

    I tend to put my fingers over the lid when dumping just to make sure it doesn't fall out.
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  6. nitesite

    nitesite Sheepdog Moderator "Philanthropist"

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    I think you came up with a perfect solution!
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  7. John A.

    John A. I'm "THAT" guy Staff Member Global Moderator Moderator

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    Thanks nitesite. You're too kind. I just don't like making a big mess every time I finish a batch of shells when I'm trying to put everything back into their respective containers.
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  8. Eddie Stewart

    Eddie Stewart .22LR

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    I use the red plastic bushing box lid. I drilled a hole in one end of the box lid, I think it's 9/16". When I finish reloading I put the lid on with the hole over the powder hopper and pour it back into the original powder container, then I turn the lid around and pour the shot back into the bucket. It works great.
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  9. CaddmannQ

    CaddmannQ 12g Supporter

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    I do the same, with a rubber cork in the hole to keep dust out, and I have a big rubber band around the whole carriage and hopper to keep the lid on. The dang things don't stay on.

    I have one press set for each gage, 12 & 16, and I tossed all those other bushings in a drawer.
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  10. Komodoj

    Komodoj .270 WIN

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    I love it. It’s perfect. I’ll take a set!!! Lol

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