The Lee is little more than a beaked spoon. Forget it.
Wow, $40 for the RCBS. Holy cow.
I've never tried the Lyman but heard it doesn't have the drip edge on the back of the ladle like the RCBS. I don't know if that is true or how much it matters.
Both of my RCBS ladles came with 1/8" pour holes -- about right for linotype, but way too small for other alloys. I drilled them out to 3/16".
I pour with my left hand. The first RCBS ladle that I bought (about 25 years ago) came set up for left handed pouring. The second RCBS ladle that I bought came set up for right handed pouring. I converted it, and I seem to remember that I had to D&T a new handle hole and plug the old hole.
Not surprised to hear about the price increase. If you believe the Wall Street Journal, metal prices have fallen, but some of the middle men are still INCREASING
prices. My recent order of 4140 for sprue plates was double last year's price. I didn't raise mold prices this year like I normally do, because they keep telling me that metal prices are going down, but I haven't seen it trickle down to my level.
About half the economists are predicting deflation and the other half are predicting inflation. Everyone is scared and nobody is sure what is going to happen. My guess is that RCBS has seen their costs go up and is passing it along.
At the prices you quoted, I'd be willing to give the Lyman a try, if I were in the market.