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  • Lee classic 4 hole turret press kit

     Steven updated 2 years, 7 months ago 2 Members · 2 Posts
  • Steven

    July 7, 2020 at 7:33 pm

    Hello, all. I finally have the financial means to build my own reloading station. I have been lurking here for a while and have read manuals on safe reloading. This particular kit looks to suit my needs (for now) and was hoping to get some words of encouragement or discouragement on this particular set. I know I will need some other things to go with it and if you all have the lowdown on what a beginner would need to get loading it would be very much appreciated. Thank you!

  • whiskeytango13

    July 7, 2020 at 7:33 pm

    I’ve used it for 20 years, feel free to look at my prior posts and comments regarding it. I have thousands of pistol and rifle rounds on this press…. just don’t buy the kit, it comes with some garbage you don’t need. Buy the press, dies, and turrets. Also, take that auto indexer, the spiral middle thing that turns the turret and put it in a zip lock bag until you want it. I never use it, it just gets in my way. If you have any questions now or in the future, please don’t hesitate to ask, i’ve been using this thing for a long time.

  • Peacemkr45

    July 7, 2020 at 7:33 pm

    Understand that while the Lee turret is a decent press, there are some shortcomings with it. That’s true with pretty much any reloading setup, even those costing hundreds of thousands of dollars.

    Off the top of my head some of the… nuances:

    Priming system sucks. Sorry but it does. You can prime off press but then you’re not using the turret to its full capability

    Autodrum powder dispenser sucks:

    The autodisk is better but both do have problems with leaking. there are fixes available

    Precision: Look, there’s slop in the press so getting 2 mile shot precision isn’t going to happen. It makes really good ammo, but you do get variances.

    Indexing ratchet – That’s the little black square thing that allows for turret advancing and they wear out and break easily. It’s a very small piece of black plastic and it’s cheap. Buy a dozen from Lee precision and hang on to them. Lee charges 50 cents a piece for them. Online retailers charge up to $2.50. buy them from Lee.

    Turret heads – Buy one for each caliber you load for. You’ll also want the autodisk riser and powder drop for each turret head. This way changing calibers is done with 2 simple changes; the turret head and the shellholder.

    Case prep –

    get a trimmer, get the harbor freight dual drum wet tumbler and stainless steel pins. You can buy Lemishine at 6 bucks per 5 ounces or buy a pound of citric acid for 7 bucks. It’s the same stuff.

    Scale – the Lee balance beam scale works. it sucks to operate but it works.

    Calipers – get a good set of calipers. They don’t have to be Sterritts or Mitutoyos but a good set that works. If you go digital, buy spare batteries and don’t use the cheap sets.

    Get ammo boxes and document EVERYTHING. each box should have a label that tells you the caliber, projectile weight and type, powder weight and type, primer type and OAL. you can include load dates and number of reloads on a set of cases

    Documentation –

    Document your loads and the outcomes of them. you may find for a particular caliber firearm you have a certain combo of projectile and powder works best. you may also notice that some reloads your guns just cant shoot worth a damn. If you have it documented in a notebook then you can look back years down the road and recreate your favorite loads. I keep a database on the cloud for all my reloads and I reload 13 different cartridges.

  • dircs

    July 7, 2020 at 7:33 pm

    Go for it.

  • shadowbk7

    July 7, 2020 at 7:33 pm

    The lee classic cast turret press will last you for a long time. It will also make loads of high quality ammo. I say go for it!!

  • emersona3

    July 7, 2020 at 7:33 pm

    Grab the kit, a tumbler, a caliper, some ammo boxes and trays, and your components and you should be good to go

  • dangerrrnick

    July 7, 2020 at 7:33 pm

    Would avoid the kit. I have that press and a rock chucker. Use the Lee more now that I’m comfortable with the process. Get a decent scale, appropriate dies, a powder thrower( love my rcbs), I bought an ultrasonic cleaner but like my harbor freight wet tumbler a lot more with stainless pins and a little dish soap and lemishine. I like to decap before tumbling with a dedicated die. Lyman trimmer for rifle cartridges and a debur and chamfer tool. Calipers. Funnel. Loading block. Think that’s it. Have fun.

  • Magic_7_Ball

    July 7, 2020 at 7:33 pm

    Other people have made very valid comments. My $0.02

    I love mine. Loaded thousands of rounds of handgun (38 Special, 357 Magnum, 45 ACP, 45 Colt, 9mm, 7.62×25, 38 S&W) and rifle (243 Win, 6.5 Mauser, 7mm Weatherby Magnum, 30.06, 300 Savage, 303 British, 7.62×39, 7.62x54R, 8mm Mauser). It is quite capable. I love the autoindexing feature for handguns (I remove the index rod for rifles). I use the powder-through dies for pistol (expanding) and rifle (not expanding). I use the Lee Autodisk with the micrometer adjuster for handgun. Rifle I use the Lee scoops.

    Priming is OK. I find CCI primers work better than Winchester. That being said, I drop 2-3 per 100 primers on the ground and have to hunt them down.

    Keep good documentation. Write down everything so you can go back and look at what you did months (years?) ago.

    Get lots of data sources. Online you can get/download data for pretty much all cartriges from: Western Powder, Hodgdon Powder, Alliant Powder, Speer bullets, CAMPRO bullets, and Nosler bullets (there may be more free sources). Plus, always good to have a few books: Lee, Lyman, Hornady all good, although each has their pluses and minuses (Hornady really only has data for Hornady bullets. I personally prefer the Lee as it is an agglomeration of other sources).

    Stay safe!

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