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Lee 3 hole turret press - spent primers

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Herk30, Oct 14, 2011.

  1. Herk30

    Herk30 Well-Known Member

    Am I missing something or why doesn't the turret press have anything to catch the spent primers like the single stage presses? I decapped a few rounds and those little buggers were going everywhere, never falling the same path twice. Does anyone have any fixes? I didn't see anything on Lee's website.
  2. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

  3. glenns

    glenns Well-Known Member

    My Lee turret press has a plastic tube you attach to the bottom of the handle to collect the old primers.
  4. Herk30

    Herk30 Well-Known Member

    That's how my old single stage was, it had a long hose that I could put a water bottle on. I'll have to take a closer look and see if something might be missing
  5. bds

    bds Well-Known Member

    The Classic Turret has the primer collection at the bottom of the ram (and into a tube). The Deluxe Turret shares the same base as the Pro 1000 and has a slot in the ram that spent primers fall out of (and apparently all over the place). :D

    If you have this problem, you can try using a cover to direct the spent primers into the collection chute on the base with a piece of aluminum can - http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?p=7561987#post7561987

  6. JohnM

    JohnM Well-Known Member

    I think the aluminum framed one doesn't have a way to attach a hose and you have to drill a hole in the bench to get rid of spent primers.
    The cast iron model is equipped with a nipple and passages to send the primers to a container.
  7. ErikO

    ErikO Well-Known Member

    What I did was made a 'gate' around the bottom sides and back of my press from a soda can to try and keep them from flying everywhere and drilled out underneath the press so primers didn't get hung up. So far it seems to be working, I still have enough room to load brass and bullets from the front and only get a few stray primers flying off.
  8. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    Here is my solution for a cheap Lee Reloader press I foolishly bought.

    Removable aluminum box catches the primers.


  9. wild willy

    wild willy Well-Known Member

    If you don't prime on the press turn the ram around you have to put the shell holders in from the back.You have to put a deflector across the back works a lot better than coming out the front.My press is an old one quess you can do it with the newer ones.
  10. HOWARD J

    HOWARD J Well-Known Member

    My old Lee 3 hole turret had a small hole on each side of the ram to catch
    about 40% of the primers.
    My new 4 hole classic turret has a plastic tube attached to a hole in the ram & if you leave the primer in place will catch 99.8% of the primers.

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