Lee Press Question


September 23, 2011, 01:02 AM
I have a 1 stage Lee Press. Was actually a gift from my wife. I use a Dillon LX650 for my .223 reloading. I decided that I could use this Lee to just deprime. I have no experience with the Lee. What do I need to get, so that the case holder holds .223? The press case holder is too big for this cal. I'm sure it's something easy, but the instructions are not very good. Is there a Cal. conversion kit or something? Thanks.

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September 23, 2011, 01:26 AM

September 23, 2011, 01:28 AM
Really would help if we knew what model of Lee single stage press you have. Its not the Lee Single Stage for .50 BMG is it?

September 23, 2011, 06:03 AM
If it's a Challenger or Classic Cast, you need the piece that Uniquedot linked to.

September 23, 2011, 09:00 PM
You can use the single-stage shell holders from Lyman, Hornady, RCBS or Lee.

LOOK RIGHT HERE (http://www.handloads.com/misc/shellholders.asp)

September 23, 2011, 09:02 PM

September 23, 2011, 10:16 PM
FWIW: The #4 lee shell holder is critiqued as being "loose" on the Lee case-holder site. Several critiques had the same complaint. One poster said the RCBS holder fit and was tighter on .223 Remington cases.

September 23, 2011, 10:51 PM
Sounds as though you haven't put a shell holder in the ram yet?

September 23, 2011, 11:23 PM
My #4 shellholder works fine and fits very good. I've used it in both my RCBS RCII and Lee Clacic Cast Turret.

September 24, 2011, 12:02 AM
As pointed out the #4 shellholder for .223. For decapping Lee offers a decapping die that works on cases up to something like 30.06, it's priced at less than $10 at Midway.


chris in va
September 24, 2011, 12:48 AM
I concur, the #4 is a bit loose. More than a few cases have peeled past the holder when a primer was difficult to seat.

September 24, 2011, 09:57 AM
Thank you guys. I posted this, then went on the road for a few days and couldn't get back to this. It's a Lee Breech Lock Challenger "O" Frame Press (if that helps). It's all it says on the box. Thank you for all the responses, I'll go through each one and see what applies to this particular press.

September 24, 2011, 09:59 AM
That looks like what I need! Thanks

September 24, 2011, 03:17 PM
And a Universal Decapping Die

September 24, 2011, 09:16 PM
Wob, that's how it started. I bought a Hornaday universal decapping die, and started to set up the press. then realized something was not right. figured it was something as easy as this, but I'm pretty new to all of it, and it's just easier to ask a question here, than spend hours figuring it out for my self. I picked up a shell holder today and will install in the morning. I'm really happy to have a second press just to help prep for my main press. Someday I'll have a really great opportunity to take a great pick of my bench like a lot of you do, with several presses and lots of really awesome equipment. this is a fantastic hobby!!!!

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