Lee Classic Cast Press $38.99 on May 30th


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Idano
April 24, 2007, 10:26 PM
Hey for anyone who is in the market for a good single stage press Graf & Sons is going to have the Lee Classic Cast Press on sale Wednesday May 30, for $38.99 that's half of their regular price. I just got the flier today in the mail and thought I would pass it on.

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sonicserve
April 24, 2007, 10:37 PM
Any promotion code that I need use to get this price? Please provide more details. http://www.grafs.com/index.php

Matt Dillon
April 24, 2007, 11:03 PM
Anyone contemplating the need for a good single stage press, it looks as though this is your deal! This is a fantastic press, rugged enough for anything (including .50 BMG) and one that I heartily endorse (no affiliation with Lee)! I have always thought that it was the best bang for the buck, and I paid a lot more than this for mine!

DaveInFloweryBranchGA
April 24, 2007, 11:12 PM
I have one and from personal experience using it side by side against an RCBS Rock Chucker, I can attest it's a better press than the RC. This is one heckuva deal. I strongly suggest to anyone, regardless of if they own a Lee Classic Turret, Hornady LnL progressive or Dillon progressive or if they just want/need a single stage, to buy one of these. It's an extremely nice single stage and that's one heckuva deal.

Regards,

Dave

Idano
April 24, 2007, 11:45 PM
No codes just call their 1(800)531-2666 number on the 30th and the item number is 50LEE90998. This part of their50 years gets 50% off sale, there is 50 new items ever month on sale and this month the Lee Classic Cast Press was one of them.

Idano
April 24, 2007, 11:54 PM
Dave,

Now wait a minute don't be bad mouthing my Rock Chucker or I am going to have to come to over there and open up a can of whoop-ass on you.:neener:

Granted for the price if I was to buy another single stage it would be a LEE Classic Cast!

454c
April 25, 2007, 02:21 AM
Dave, what do you like better about the Lee? I had about decided on the Rock Chucker Supreme as a first press.

Idano
April 25, 2007, 03:53 AM
454c,

I won't put words in Dave's mouth because that would unsanitary, but I'll bet you he will say one of the following.


The LEE is half the price of the RCBS
It's built stronger and the linkage can transfer more pressure or something like that.


Seriously, I would now buy the LEE press over the RCBS press simply because I think the LEE is just as good as the RCBS for a lot less money. I have had a Lee LoadMaster and I can tell you their customer service is just as good as anyone else. In fact I have recently use RCBS and Hornady's customer service and all of them seem to be the same, exactly like Dillon's no BS warranty so I wouldn't let customer service be a deciding factor IMO.

Matt-man
April 25, 2007, 03:54 AM
Jeez, at that price I'm tempted to buy a second one.

The Boston Patriot
April 25, 2007, 11:24 AM
Is the the press?

http://www.leeprecisioncatalog.com/2007/lg_display.cfm?page_number=16&catalog=060153

Can it use Dillon Dies?

TBP

JoeHatley
April 25, 2007, 01:19 PM
what do you like better about the Lee?

I actually gave away my RCBS press and bought the Lee. The primer system on the Lee (both ways) is far superior.

Joe

duck911
April 25, 2007, 01:48 PM
What else is 50% off?

--Duck911

DaveInFloweryBranchGA
April 25, 2007, 03:27 PM
"Dave, what do you like better about the Lee? I had about decided on the Rock Chucker Supreme as a first press."

Before I answer, I had the older, made in USA Rock Chucker, not the Rock Chucker Supreme and they are great presses, but Lee has basically improved upon the original design.

Idano was wrong on this one. (grin) Here's my answers on the Lee Vs. the RCBS Rock Chucker Supreme:

1. It's made in the United States of America and is better machined than the RC Supreme, which is made in China.

2. About the same linkage as the Rock Chucker, but it has a thicker Ram and the linkage has a built in stop to prevent overtravel. The linkage parts are coated to prevent rust, not that I consider this an issue, as I liked blued steel as well.

3. The Ram has a hole in the middle and spent primers (Along with the associated filth.) go down the hole in the Ram to a plastic tube mounted on the bottom of the Ram, thereby keeping the press clean and free of spent primer debris. I especially like this feature, as the cup on the Rock Chucker got filthy over time and filled with primers. With the Lee, I just route the tube into a 2 pound coffee can and wahlah, no nasty primer filth in my press's work area. This is probably the biggest improvement over the RC for me, as I hate dealing with leftover primer filth when I'm trying to load rounds.

4. The operating handle can be moved for either left or right handed operation. It can also be adjusted for angle and for length. This allows the operator to get the most ergonomic position for the operating handle for themselves.

5. The press is cast iron, is an O-frame design like the Rock Chucker. But the base is a better design and while the press weighs less than the Rock Chucker, it feels (going on perception here, didn't measure it) more stiff than the RC and chores such as FL resizing of large cases, swaging of military primer pockets, decapping of brass, etc. that I use for the press for are done smoothly and effortlessly. Lee offers a .50 BMG version of this press and I believe the press can handle it. Certainly 30-06 isn't anything to it.

6. The three bolt holes for the base are located in the most optimum location to support the working leverage of the press.

7. The press can be fitted with a Lee Safety Prime to make priming on the press quite easy and no touch. The bracket for the Safety Prime comes with the press.

8. On sale through Cabella's, this press costs about 1/3rd the cost of a Rock Chucker Supreme.

9. It can accept both 1 1/4" and Industry standard standard resizing dies, as it has a bushing for the large dies and the standard dies. For the fella that asked about Dillon dies, he'd have to identify the size of the Dillon dies, because they offer oddballs for the SBD.

10. The bushing mentioned in 9 above can be removed and a Hornady LnL conversion kit used to allow you to use Hornady LnL bushings with the Lee. This allows you to adjust a die in the press once, then quickly install and remove it without having to ever adjust it again. Makes reloading single stage, for those that choose to, very quick.

For those that have turrets and progressives, this makes an ideal companion press to your other presses. For that price, I'd jump on one if I didn't already own one. That's an awesome deal.

Regards,

Dave

jr81452
April 25, 2007, 04:43 PM
is the sale only on may 30th? or is it until may 30th?

Idano
April 25, 2007, 05:11 PM
Dave I wasn't wrong, I just gave the readers the condensed version like Readers Digest does and you gave them Charles Dickens version. :neener:

jr81452 ,

That sale starts on May 30th and runs though June or until they run out.

DaveInFloweryBranchGA
April 25, 2007, 05:57 PM
Idano,

LOL

Dave

RidgwayCO
April 26, 2007, 01:26 PM
I'm sorry, but I'm confused.

Is this sale on May 30th or April 30th?

Thanks for the heads up.

wolfe28
April 26, 2007, 02:39 PM
Does the sale apply just to the classic cast press (which I do want), or are there other presses as well (like, maby, the classic turret; hope, hope)?
D

DaveInFloweryBranchGA
April 26, 2007, 08:56 PM
You'll have to check with Cabella's.

Regards,

Dave

SSN Vet
April 26, 2007, 10:29 PM
For those that have turrets and progressives, this makes an ideal companion press to your other presses.

I have a classic turret press. Please help me appreciate how having a companion single stage will help...

I could leave it set up with a unniversal de-capping die and then pop primers before I tumble.......but why?

I could use it to swage mil. surp. But couldn't I do this on my classic turret?

It could provide more leverage for full length sizing large cases. But isn't the my classic turret robust enough to do this?

If I can pull off a little creative accounting, I hope to get a .30-06 bolt action rifle this summer. But I figured I'd only neck size my fire formed brass.

Am I missing something?

Spartacus451
May 30, 2007, 11:03 AM
Their out! I just called. They don't allow back ordering. Apparently there were only 50 of them available at that price. :(

benedict1
May 30, 2007, 11:38 AM
Rats.

Joemyxplyx
May 30, 2007, 12:13 PM
I just got my Lee Classic Cast press from Grafs for $39.95:):):). Had to dial for 5 minutes to get in, but everything worked after that. Thanks for heads up Idano.:):)

Fburgtx
May 30, 2007, 01:23 PM
Sold Out!!! (In 17 minutes per the rep I spoke to.....

dannyabear
May 30, 2007, 05:56 PM
I got # 39 i was told @ 8:07 this morning.

Idano
May 30, 2007, 06:27 PM
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DaveInFloweryBranchGA
May 31, 2007, 06:46 PM
Idano,

Don't sweat it, it happens. If they didn't put that information on there, I'd be labelling them a bait and switch outfit about now.

Regards,

Dave

wolfe28
May 31, 2007, 11:49 PM
But they got me on the mailing list, so I'll find out about the next one when it comes around. Sooner or later, I'll get mine; the rep I talked to said this happens a few times a year.

D

Joemyxplyx
June 1, 2007, 03:33 PM
The press arrived today - 1st June. Two days after I ordered it. Graf and Sons are fast. :)

Idano, I somehow knew they only had 50 presses for their 50% off on their 50th anniversary sale. I called at 8:00 CST and got through by 8:05. I don't know when in the queue I got through but it was a frantic few minutes. Someone said they had sold their 50 by 8:17.

Thanks again for the heads up. I am now set up to reload .308 Win. I got the Lee dies and case trimmer at the same time as the press along with Hornady LnL die bushings and a conversion bushing. Thanks to DaveInFloweryBankGA for the LnL info. I would have never known the LnL bushings would work in the Lee without Dave's heads up.

I already have a Lee Classic Turret for .45 & .38 reloading, but when Dave said: "For those that have turrets and progressives, this makes an ideal companion press to your other presses. For that price, I'd jump on one if I didn't already own one. That's an awesome deal."

I read this and jumped on the Lee for decapping and full length resizing. As well as having a side press to work up loads on.

I also got a rifle powder charging die for the Lee Classic Turret. I think I'll equip a turret with an RCBS X-Die, the powder drop and Lee bullet seater. The X-Die is supposed to extend the case life on an M1A from 4 or 5 shots to over 15 reloads. This should put me into the serious rifle ammo making business.

Thanks to everyone on THR for the education that got me from a newby in February to a pretty serious reloader by June.

Thanks again to Idano and DaveInFloweryBranchGA for helping me to get into the serious rifle reloading game for less than $100. :):):)

Joemyxplyx
June 1, 2007, 03:54 PM
SSNVet asked
I have a classic turret press. Please help me appreciate how having a companion single stage will help...

I could leave it set up with a unniversal de-capping die and then pop primers before I tumble.......but why?

I could use it to swage mil. surp. But couldn't I do this on my classic turret?

It could provide more leverage for full length sizing large cases. But isn't the my classic turret robust enough to do this?

If I can pull off a little creative accounting, I hope to get a .30-06 bolt action rifle this summer. But I figured I'd only neck size my fire formed brass.

Am I missing something?

The way I see it the single stage is for decapping and full length resizing using case lube. After FLR (full length resizing) the case lube has to be tumbled off, so it makes sense to do the decap, FLR, prime and clean with a single stage then use the turret to powder charge and bullet seat later. I'm also hoping to use an X-Die on the turret without lube when reloading brass I've already sized once.

Also, I think it would be easier to make up test loads on the single stage instead of screwing with the the Lee Pro AutoDisk powder drop for a run of 10 loads of each variant of powder weight.

Just my thoughts on the matter FWIW. :)

Best,
Ben

jr81452
June 1, 2007, 06:46 PM
that, and those of use who are "fussy" about our rifle loads love the single stage presses. :evil:

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