Is anyone using a Lee Turret press?

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by dgray64, Jul 21, 2011.

  1. dgray64

    dgray64 New Member

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    My reloading setup that has worked for years features a classic Lee single stage (Big D or O shape) press mounted to the table, to do the depriming/resizing, then for setting the bullet. I have a smaller Lee C type press about a foot away that does the expanding and crimping. I run a case through the depriming/resizing process, then expand it on the second press. Then I check the primer pockets and reprime with a Lee hand held primer. I change dies, and set the case in the first press, add powder, and set the bullet, then move it to the second press for a crimp. Done.

    Its more efficient than having one single stage press, but I figured that for probably $150 or less, I could go to a 4-hole turret with an auto feed for powder, and an on board primer. I should be able to do lots more with less fatigue and just as much quality. What is your experience and your thoughts. Can't aford to go with a Dillon progressive or any other model and other brands of turret presses are a lot more expensive. Thanks for your input.

    Dave :)
     
  2. Txhillbilly

    Txhillbilly Active Member

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    dgray,I have 2 Lee Turret presses.The Classic,and the Deluxe,I have had them for many years and have loaded thousands of rounds with them.
    I use the Classic for all my rifle needs,and use the Deluxe with the auto-index to load my pistol rounds.
    There are more expensive Turret presses out there,but they don't do anything better or faster than the cheap'ol Lee's.

    Here's a link if you want a great deal on them-

    Lee CLASSIC TURRET PRESS
     

  3. jjfuller1

    jjfuller1 New Member

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    i bought one at a yard sale for 20 bucks... but being young, it is missing a few parts and i am not ready to pursue getting the needed parts... i think i'll save my money for an rcbs kit
     
  4. canebrake

    canebrake New Member

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    And where is Tango? :eek:
     
  5. RMP1394-RLTW

    RMP1394-RLTW New Member

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    I was gifted a RCBS rock chucked and love it for rifle reloading. I did get impatient with it for pistol reloading and decided to go progressive. Money was tight so I ended up with a Lee Pro 1000. First of all, I do regret it however am too cheap to buy the Hornady. The pro is ok but it does have a large learning curve. The powder measurer is not nearly as accurate as I would like it to be. To solve this I ordered the Hornady powder measurer along with all of the necessary components to load the 9,40 and 45 rounds.

    Having said all of that depending on what powder you use the pro measurer may be fine. No. 2 works well and I hear that 231 works well as also.

    Having said all of that from what I hear the lee turret presses are a much better option when compared to the pro. If I had it to do over again I would defiantly have gone with the Hornady but considering my financial situation I would probably have had to go with the lee turret.

    Not sure if I contributed much to this or not but I guess what I am trying to say is stay away from the pro1000.
     
  6. yellowhand

    yellowhand New Member

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    yes, works great.
     

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  7. Txhillbilly

    Txhillbilly Active Member

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    Cane,Don't start pouring gas on a fire.That's all we need is his anti-Lee ranting.
     
  8. Txhillbilly

    Txhillbilly Active Member

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    This is one thing I do agree with Tango on.
    Lee progressive presses SUCK!

    If you want a progressive press,buy a Dillon.
     
  9. spittinfire

    spittinfire New Member Supporter

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    I've got a Lee 4 hole turret and I've loaded thousands of rounds with it. The only thing I don't like about it is the powder disk system. You need to make sure you keep them static free or you may get an occasional odd charge. An easy fix is rubbing them with a dryer sheet before you start loading. For the money, I think they're hard to beat.
    Having spoken kindly of them I will add this. When I buy my own house and have a proper loading bench I will buy a better press. I got this press so I could find out if I liked reloading...turns out I do, a lot so I can now justify the expense of a better press.
     
  10. dgray64

    dgray64 New Member

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    Thanks guys. Has anyone tried the Lee Adjustable Charge Bar? It's supposed to be better than the disks. I really appreciate all the answers. JJfuller1, do you want to sell the one you have? Thanks a again for the help. I'll go turret and not progressive in the Lee

    Dave
     
  11. RMP1394-RLTW

    RMP1394-RLTW New Member

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    I tried the charge bar but was not happy, seemed to spill powder everywhere. Again others have told me that it is the answer to the problem I was having but again, not impressed.
     
  12. alxltd1

    alxltd1 New Member

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    I have a Redding T-7 Turret press, but I dont see why the Lee would not work for you as well. I still use my RCBS Rock Chucker and the Redding to load most of my rifle ammo. Set up a RCBS Partner press also that has a universal decapping die so I can decap all brass and clean and prep before I start reloading. I also just dont like primer stations so I hand prime all the cases as well. For handgun ammo I have 2 Dillon 550B's and they do just fine for mass loading. But your set up sounds fine. Reloading is always a very subjective activity and what works best for you, works best for you. Good luck.
     
  13. wooleybooger

    wooleybooger New Member

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    i have 2 pro-1000s that i modified to suit me. this requires me to de-prime and re-size on a single stage and reprime with a hand tool but once i move the prepped cases to the lee, the loaded rounds pile up quick.
     
  14. stag1

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    I have a 4 stage Lee Turret and have loaded 1000's upon 1000's. I agree with Wooley though, I don't use to size or prime any cases. I have a another single stage that does all of that.

    As for as the powder disk system, there are certain powders that work better. Any fine powder like HP-38, 321, Ramshot Zip works great and usually come out +/- .1 grain every time.

    Unless you need to load 500+ an hour the Turret would work great.

    My .02
     
  15. dgray64

    dgray64 New Member

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    How did you modify the pro 1000s. I've watched them in action on You Tube and they seem pretty complete. If you de-prime/resize in one operation and then reprime by hand, then you have nearly defeated the purpose of the progressive. In that case, a three hole turret would work great even though it would loose some of it's usefulness.

    It's a pain to prime by hand, but then you can clean check each case for a clean pocket first and ream the pocket if necessary. I can see your point. I wonder how much longer it takes you to do your method than to use the turret or pro 1000 as its set up. Thanks for the input.

    Dave :)
     
  16. wooleybooger

    wooleybooger New Member

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    i could never get the primer system to work so did away with it altogether. i kept the case feed and added a bullet feed that i modified to work in a new position on the press. my first die is the powder drop followed by the bullet seater and taper crimp. load the tubes with primed cases and bullets,the hopper with powder and go to town. i usually prep and prime after work and load on saturdays for a sunday shoot. loading 500 rds of prepped cases on a saturday morning is nothing.since ive modified my presses and switched to this method ive never had to stop to clear a problem
     
  17. dgray64

    dgray64 New Member

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    That sounds like a real plan. Can you post pictures of your press? maybe from two or three sides. It sounds like it should be really easy to kick bullets out. Thanks again for the information.

    Dave :)
     
  18. Bushman

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    I use my Pro1000 to deprime with no powder or bullets in it, the cases just go through the press. Then I prime by hand, load up the powder and bullets in the press, bring the de-prime pin up in the die, and start pumping out loaded rounds.
    Kinda the same thing but with one press. De-primes faster than a single stage.
     
  19. wooleybooger

    wooleybooger New Member

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    now youve got me wondering- where the hell,s my camera? bushman has got me thinking about another mod. i sometimes take my stuff to work and prime on my lunch break. i have 1 press for 45acp and the other for 223.
     
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