The Lee APP... who’s using it? (Note..plus Dillon Case Feeder)

walterbunning

Load Data Eligible Ruger Blackhawk
Staff member
I’ve had my Lee APP for 6 months or so now, and think I have all the bugs and nuances figured out.

I use mine mostly for de-capping and bulge-busting when I have a large batch to do. I save up most of my range pick-up brass until I have an amount worth of setting the APP up, usually at least 500-1000, depending on caliber. I manage to scrounge a couple thou 9mm, and several hundred each of 38, 40 and 45 ACP every month. A lot of that brass is fodder for local trading, I don’t use it all myself.

The Lee “universal case feeder” works mostly, but, annoyingly, still dumps one upside down now and then, and every 100 or so 9mm I have to stop and re-fill the tubes. Not a huge deal, but not perfect.

Today I rigged up my Dillon case feeder to feed the APP. Hoo-ahh! What a joy. I ran 1000 9mm through the decapper in about 20 minutes with nary a hiccup. Of course it took me 3 hours to McGuyver the rig-up, but it works cherry, and only takes a minute to set up.

Anywho.. I hated that APP at first, but now I don’t want to be without it. If you’re processing hundreds and hundreds of cases, it can be a real time saver.

Admittedly, there are engineering and learning curves to get through, and unless one is processing lots of brass, it’s probably not worth the $100 price tag. But once dialed in properly, it’s a keeper for me.

So, Who else on the forum is using the Lee APP press? Lovers? Haters?
 

Veryolddog

Foxtrot Mike 8.5" 45 ACP SMG Pistol
I really looked at the Lee APP and decided not. After you posted this, I looked at it again with the same answer. When I receive raw brass in bulk, I usually wash it or purchase it with some cleaning performed. Then I will just sit there and size and decap the case with one stroke one at a time. Then I will swage, one at a time if required. It takes at least two and sometimes three 4 hour sessions to go through a 1000 cases. It's boring but if I am either listening to good music it is not so bad. Of course this session is interrupted by pit stops and computer trips.

I am really hesitant about Lee even with all the good reports about the Lee APP.

However, I am really impressed how you jerry rigged the Dillon Case Feeder to the Lee APP. That surely is the way to go.
 
OK, full disclosure, I am fairly new to reloading ... when I saw the title of this post... "The Lee APP... who’s using it? (Note..plus Dillon Case Feeder)" ... I immediately thought:
  1. Lee is making a phone app. It must have some cool load data or tips for better loading
  2. Then I thought, "wait, the Lee app can control the Dillon Case Feeder? I didn't even know it was Bluetooth enabled. COOL."
Now that I have read the whole post, what you did was way cooler!
 

walterbunning

Load Data Eligible Ruger Blackhawk
Staff member
OK, full disclosure, I am fairly new to reloading ... when I saw the title of this post... "The Lee APP... who’s using it? (Note..plus Dillon Case Feeder)" ... I immediately thought:
  1. Lee is making a phone app. It must have some cool load data or tips for better loading
  2. Then I thought, "wait, the Lee app can control the Dillon Case Feeder? I didn't even know it was Bluetooth enabled. COOL."
Now that I have read the whole post, what you did was way cooler!
I should have been more explicit. “APP” = Automatic Processing Press. It’s been out for about 8 months or so.

https://leeprecision.com/app-automatic-processing-press/
 
I was thinking of one for bullet sizing commercially cast .454” bullets down to .452” as the weight/shape I wanted is only available locally in .454” diameter.

It’s an intriguing machine & as ever with Lee products it looks to be a combination of genius combined with over-zealous ‘value engineering’.
 

Andy79Z28

*Load Data Eligible Dan Wesson
Well since I have one of the first one's shipped and have put up many videos on u-tube - I really like it. I do have a bullet/case feeder hooked up to it makes it work so much faster. I mainly use it for bullet sizing and decapping (380 - 9mm - 38/357 - 223 - and 30-06). However I also use it for sizing 380 and 9mm makes fast work.
 

walterbunning

Load Data Eligible Ruger Blackhawk
Staff member
Well since I have one of the first one's shipped and have put up many videos on u-tube - I really like it. I do have a bullet/case feeder hooked up to it makes it work so much faster. I mainly use it for bullet sizing and decapping (380 - 9mm - 38/357 - 223 - and 30-06). However I also use it for sizing 380 and 9mm makes fast work.
Andy, you’re early videos helped me decide to buy one. I’ve yet to come up with a satisfactory bullet feeder. Getting the case feeder going really helps, though.
 
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