I have some suggestions for Lee, the primary one being to give more detail in the setup instructions. Not all parts are visible in the little photos and as a consequence it's not always clear what to do with them until after stumbling about for a bit. Also, it would be nice if these were mentioned/shown somewhere:
They came in the little baggie. I have no idea what to do with them...
Entertainment value: Well, the press has a nice little catch basin and tube for the primers as they are knocked out. The problem is that there is a much bigger groove on the opposite side that encourages the primers to pop out on that side instead. I think 5 out of 100 actually went where they were supposed to.
Annoyance value: The nice wood knob handle for the end of the press lever lasted about 5 cartridges. After that it got tossed onto the table because I was tired of it coming off in my hand.
I've got 50 .30 carbine and 50 9mm cartridges de-primed and ready for the next step. I went through and measured each one quickly and found that while the 9 mm shells are within the tolerances given in the Lyman book, the .30 carbine shells are too long:
And what they've given me to deal with it seems to be this:
Which they show being used by hand to grind down the casings to tolerance. Um, maybe someone with much stronger hands than me. I just managed to ding it a little. I may be ordering .30 carbine until ML gets a little free time and can come over and demonstrate for me.
Next adventure this weekend is the rest of the steps with the 9 mm, since they are sized correctly. There's the whole figuring out and measuring gunpowder thing yet to come.