LEE Breech Lock Auto Pro (Pro 4000) 4-Station
The LEE Breech Lock Auto Pro is called the Pro 4000 in kit form and is auto-indexing, though you can manually index to load 30-06. The kit is actually the most cost-effective and convenient. With four stages, this press is for budget reloaders looking for greater flexibility.
Here’s the overview video for the LEE Breech Lock Auto Pro published on Ultimate Reloader:
What’s In the Box
The LEE Pro-4000 is a comprehensive kit. Pictured above is the box contents, from left to right:
- Lee product catalog, instruction booklets
- Lee Auto Breech Lock Pro press and spent primer discharge tube
- Lee Auto-Drum powder measure (new style), extra drum (comes with large and small), small parts
- Case feed system
- Safety prime systems (large and small primers)
- Completed cartridge bin, mounting hardware, hex key, lock ring wrench
Lee Breech Lock Auto Pro Features and Specs
Lee Breech Lock Auto Pro Die Stations Example (Pistol)
As shown in the picture above:
- Powder charge/expansion
Lee Breech Lock Auto Pro Total Cost of Ownership
- These prices are from Midsouth Shooters Supply, and frequently change based on sales, etc.
Lee Breech Lock Auto Pro Summary
What it’s for:
- Budget reloading with flexibility
What it’s not for:
- Precision reloading, high-volume reloading
- Breech lock convenience
- Semi-auto priming
- budget construction
Breech Lock Auto Pro Stories on Ultimate Reloader
Hands-On: Lee Pro-4000 Press Kit
Lee Pro 4000 Caliber Change and Loading 6.5 Grendel
Hornady Lock-N-Load AP
RCBS Pro Chucker 5
RCBS Pro Chucker 7
Mark 7 APEX 10
Dillon Square Deal B
Dillon RL 1100
Frankford Arsenal X-10
LEE Pro 1000
LEE Breech Lock Auto Pro (Pro 4000)
Total Cost of Ownership Recap
Inline Fabrication Mounts
KMS Squared UFO Press Lighting
8 thoughts on “THE Progressive Press Shootout (12 presses compared)”
I am sort of disappointed that their is no single press that fits my needs.
A) I reload 30-06 – not all accommodate
B) I reload 300 Winchester Magnum – not all accommodate
C) I reload tons of 9mm, 45 ACP, 223/5.56, 308 – high speed progressive needed
D) Hornady Lock-N-Load AP and RCBS Pro Chucker 7 fit for A) and B) but not C)
E) Only Mark 7 APEX 10 fits C) but NOT A) or B)
F) Swaging is important but is very stressful on progressive presses, thus I swage on a single stage Rock Chucker which is about 40 years old.
I have an rcbs pro 2000. I use it for 7.62×54 and 303brit or 7.7×56 if not u.s.. I’m fairly certain that I could do 3006 on it although I haven’t tried. It has good beef for sizing these cases. I like it but the cost to me was just a few shell plates so I may be jaded. Also used it for 7.5×55 308 and 6.5x53r dutch
John, there is no hard definition for “C” but a 1050 will do what you are asking up to 30-06 in my experience. I would ask the OEM what they say about 300 WM in terms of case and bullet feed.
John- I think the XL-750 with case feed and bullet feed is the ticket for you! It will do 30-06!
A couple of things I wish you would have added the warranty for each press (you mention it in general but not specific for each press) for i.e. DIllon on there lower end press lifetime warranty and the 1100 one year warranty (unless they change it). Also where they are made (you mention it on a few of them but not all of them).
When I got my L-N-L AP I avoided Big Blue because their powder measure was said to be less accurate than drum types, primer safety concerns and I didn’t want to hand over my wallet and tell them to take whatever it cost. It was said, Team Red lacking floating die head had to be precision manufactured and produced precision ammo as a result. Now I have a reloader that requires some ongoing tinkering compared to Big Blue which was said to run on rails and the Red Team gets no respect.
My L-N-L AP has sat for awhile but when I had contacted Hornady CS in the past I sometimes got someone interested in helping me solve my problem and sometimes got someone who treated like I was looking for a problem and since they were not overcharging for a BS Warranty, we’re not interested in any fixes that might cost them.
Now I’m older and retired, shocked at component prices more than doubling with things like primers near impossible to get or the ideal powder choice unavailable, Im thinking I like precision loading on my single stage Co-Ax. Anyway who is buying these mega ammo plants when you can’t keep them fed or afford to keep them feed ?
Thanks Gavin, I have been looking to get a new progressive press to replace a destroyed RL550b
May go with the RL550c as I never had an issue with the RL550b ever
But that XL 750 has me thinking…
I run both a Dillon 550 B with case feeder and a Lee Loadmaster. No question the Dillon is a better press, but you get what you pay for.
The Loadmaster can be fiddly. You need to be the kind of person who loves to tinker and make things work in order to be happy with the L/M in my opinion.
I load .44 mag and .44 Special on the L/M
All other pistol calibers-9mm, 38/357, 45 ACP and .45 Colt on the Dillon.
I like the case feeder on the Dillon because it allows me to concentrate on the powder drop and bullet seating stations. It also can be a p.i.a. at times, especially with .45 acp cases not wanting to center on the decapping station, but like other Dillon products it is well made and backed by solid customer support.
Now Gavin. Time for a shotshell reloading press shootout.