Originally Posted by Catfish
I believe that you made 1 big mistake, but you can live with it for a while. The Lee press is not heavy enough to hold up to heavy loading. I have been loading my own since 1965 and over the years have had alot of Lee stuff, and it all let me down sooner or later. For low volume loading pick up an RCBS Rock Chucker, Layman Orange crisher or similar. For hogher volume Dillon is the best on the market. You can get all kinds of data form the net, but never use any of it without cross checking it with a good source, ie loading manual, or powder manufacture web. page.
The Lee Classic Turret Press holds up just fine. I'm loading 30-30 and 270 in rifle and 9mm, 9-Makarov, 357 Magnum and 45ACP in pistol rounds with mine and it's been perfect. If I were loading a high volume of rifle rounds every week I might try something else, but so far there's been no reason to get another press. I've got a lot of Lee equipment and the only item I have a complaint about was the Safety Scale. Mine was never right, would not register the same weight on anything twice. Tossed it a bought the RCBS 5-0-5.
The regular Lee Turret Press is another matter. Aluminum base, light duty linkage, the short stroke and an aluminum handle make it a pistol only press.