1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

Lee Classic and Hornady Bushing Kit

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by fmnnc, Nov 14, 2007.

  1. fmnnc

    fmnnc Well-Known Member

    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

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


    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.


    Or have they already?
  2. alohanole

    alohanole Well-Known Member

    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.
  3. fmnnc

    fmnnc Well-Known Member

    How hard was it to replace the fitting?
  4. alohanole

    alohanole Well-Known Member

    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"

    Attached Files:

  5. SDefender

    SDefender Well-Known Member

    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.
  6. Bowfishrp

    Bowfishrp Well-Known Member

    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. :)
  7. j-red

    j-red Member

    I'm doing just that

    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.
  8. Joemyxplyx

    Joemyxplyx Well-Known Member


    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.:)
  9. SDefender

    SDefender Well-Known Member

    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.
  10. PsychoKnight

    PsychoKnight Well-Known Member

    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).

Share This Page