Lee Classic and Hornady Bushing Kit


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fmnnc
November 14, 2007, 06:42 PM
Has anyone attended the marriage of these two products? If so, are they still happy with one another and productive?

The Lee Classic Cast Single Stage Press
http://www.midwayusa.com/mediasvr.dll/highresimage?saleitemid=317831

and the Hornady Lock-N-Load Press and Die Conversion Bushing Kit

http://www.midwayusa.com/mediasvr.dll/highresimage?saleitemid=858110

All kidding aside, just wondering if anyone is using this set-up and if they are happy with it? Trying to get a few ideas for Christmas.

Also, it would not surprise me to see Lee come out with the same type of system they just introduced in the Challenger before long.

http://www.realguns.com/images/pressbushingarrange.gif

Or have they already?

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alohanole
November 14, 2007, 09:33 PM
They work together marvelously. My only problem is I need more bushings! I should have ordered another 10-pack from Midway. I replaced the threaded fitting in the classic cast immediately, and never looked back. It was very easy and the results are fantastic. I can swap pre-adjusted dies in seconds.

fmnnc
November 14, 2007, 09:50 PM
I replaced the threaded fitting in the classic cast immediately

How hard was it to replace the fitting?

alohanole
November 15, 2007, 12:59 AM
Very easy. I didn't have a large enough socket, so I used an adjustable wrench.

From the manual:

"There is a reducer-bushing factory installed in the Classic Cast press. Removal of this bushing allows the use of 1 1/4-12 dies. You will need a 1 5/16 inch socket or large adjustable wrench to remove the reducer bushing"

SDefender
November 15, 2007, 10:11 AM
I have the Hornady LNL progressive and single stage presses. The LNL die system is the best thing since sliced bread, as they say, and is the final reason I selected these presses. Man, I just can't say enough about the LNL die system: Easy. Flexible. Fast to change. No adjustments needed.

You will need a separate bushing for each die. Midway 10 packs are the most economical. Think I got 3 of them, as I use separate dies for each caliber for each press. The ultimate in flexibility.

Bowfishrp
November 15, 2007, 02:09 PM
When I got my Hornady single stage press I thought about getting the Lee Classic instead. Just the Hornady press was only about $30-$40 more than the Lee but you get 500 free bullets that pushed it over the top. I now have a Hornady single stage AND the LNL AP and love them both!!! I dont have to worry about ever resetting dies. I probably have about 15 bushings...cant have too many. :)

j-red
December 5, 2007, 04:28 PM
I've got the Lee Classic Cast (one SWEET single stage press, if you ask me) and from day one have used the Hornady adapter on it. Works great. You may find that if you use Lee dies like I do that you'll need to turn the lock rings upside down to get an extra thread for some of the shorter dies.

Joemyxplyx
December 5, 2007, 06:02 PM
How hard was it to replace the fitting?

I didn't have an adjustable wrench - Crescent type - so I used a pair of Channel Locks. The bushing came out just fine.

Now I need to adjust the bushing depth with a washer so I can interchange dies between my LnL AP and the Lee Classic Cast.:)

SDefender
December 6, 2007, 08:26 AM
I use separate dies for each caliber for the progressive and single stage presses so I do not have to perform any adjustments. I do not think the same dies can be transferred between presses without redoing the settings.

This is more expensive, money wise, in the beginning but makes it far easier in the end and allows use of both presses at the same time if necesssary. From time-to-time I have a need to put a die in the single stage to correct or modify something from the progressive without bothering any settings in the progressive.

PsychoKnight
December 15, 2007, 07:52 AM
The new Lee BreechLock system has a serious flaw.

Those adapters can only be used in the one and only proprietary press made for it. It is not compatible with any other press in the world.

Hornady's adapters can be used on any oversized 1-1/4x12 press (any full-sized press).

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