Lee Loader reloading kits are great for anyone that wants to try reloading without spending a lot of money for equipment because each kit only costs about $30. I bought the 45 auto, 7mm Remington Magnum and 270 Winchester kits for that purpose. But these kits are also perfect for Preparedness and survival kits, because they are small enough to throw in a “Bug out Bag” and they are easy to hide.
A reloading kit is not necessary for short term survival, but could be very important if TSHTF. The more advanced and expensive single or multi-stage reloading equipment load faster and more accurately, but are not portable and will be hard to hide from thieves or anyone else searching for your weapons and ammunition. Lee Loader kits are small enough they can easily be carried with you or hidden on your property.
Lee Loader makes a variety of kits for reloading many popular pistol and rifle ammunition.
Lee Loader Pistol Kits
Lee Loader Rifle Kits
- 22 Hornet
- 223 Remington
- 243 Winchester
- 6.5 x 55 Swedish Mauser
- 270 Winchester
- 7mm Remington Magnum
- 30/30 Win (30 Rem)
- 7.62 x 54 Russian
- 308 Winchester
- 30/06 Springfield
- 303 British
- 45/70 Government
Lee loader kits have all the necessary tools needed to prepare and reload cartridges. All you need are empty cartridges (spent cartridges fired from your gun are best), primers, bullets and powder. You will also need a small hammer, rubber mallet or heavy stick, which are not supplied.
There are seven steps in the reloading process, but I suggest you also take careful measurements or have a factory bullet on hand for comparison of the final product. I’m only going to list the steps here, because complete instructions are included with each kit.
Steps for Reloading With Lee Loader Kit
- Place case in the Decapping Chamber and use the Decapper tool to tap out the spent primer
- Drive case into the Re-sizing Tool Chamber
- Insert and carefully tap a new primer into position
- Tap case free of the tool
- Measure and add powder
- Place case back in the De-capping Chamber and insert a bullet
- Adjust and insert the Bullet Seater tool and tap carefully until bullet is seated
Three Notes about reloading:
- Carefully tap the primers into position and make sure no powder is around.
- Follow the directions that come with the powder very carefully. Until you have experience with a certain load, be very conservative with the amount of powder. It is better to start with bullets that are under powered than to blow your gun up.
- To start, adjust the Bullet Seater tool to be a little high, then slowly adjust until the bullet length matches the factory loads you have been shooting.
After a little practice, you will get the hang of using the tools and reloading. I probably go slower than most, but can reload one cartridge every 40-50 seconds. I could go faster, but I prefer to be careful and make sure I do a good job when reloading.
The Lee Loader kits are not the fastest method by any means, but you will have portable reloading tools and the knowledge to reload your own bullets. And as Woodrow Call (Lonesome Dove) said, “It is better to have that and not need it, then to need it and not have it.”
Take Lee Loader Kit to the Shooting Range
I was very conservative with the powder the first time I reloaded for my 45 auto. The bullets fired, but didn’t have enough kick to recycle the next round. I went back home and got the Lee Loader kit and the loading components and returned to the range. I used the tailgate of the truck as a table and reloaded two cartridges at a time until I found the right amount of powder. You can’t do that with any other reloading equipment.