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Lee Classic SS vs Lee Classic Turret

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by AK Gun Man 88, Jan 29, 2012.

  1. AK Gun Man 88

    AK Gun Man 88 Well-Known Member

    Quick question. I know turrets are faster at making rounds and people have had great things to say about lee. People have stated that one can use the lee turret to single stage. My question is how is the turret (in single mode) compared to the lee classic ss as far as strength and durability?
  2. benzuncle

    benzuncle Well-Known Member

    If you remove the index rod from the Lee Classic Turret (LCT) press you will be able to do one process only, such as decapping or priming. With the index rod installed you move through all 4 processes of decapping and priming, powder charging, bullet seating and crimping on each round, completing a round before moving on to the next round. So, the Turret press may eliminate your need to purchase a single stage press. That decision is up to you. I chose the LCT 4 years ago. I load 4 calibers on it and have never regretted the choice. YMMV
  3. RandyP

    RandyP Well-Known Member

    For loading what calibers, pistol or rifle? Most every press out there is built stronger than it 'needs' to be, and most every press out there will last a lifetime if properly used and maintained.

    There are MANY reloaders who have run many tens of thousands of rounds thru their Lee turret, Deluxe and the beefier Classic models. The press does not care if it is used in auto-advance or manually advanced mode. With the Lee it is a 20 second task of removing or leaving in place 1 spiral metal rod.
  4. AK Gun Man 88

    AK Gun Man 88 Well-Known Member

    Ill be loading 9mm,40,10mm,45acp and Lc, 223, 7mm, 3006,7.62 x54, and 338 wm.
  5. oldreloader

    oldreloader Well-Known Member

    RE the strenght of LCT:
    I can't imagine doing anything the LCT wont handle. I have never seen a weakness in mine.
  6. AK Gun Man 88

    AK Gun Man 88 Well-Known Member

    If y'all could get only ONE press, would you get the SS or Turret? Time put into reloading isn't a factor for me, I have plenty of time.
  7. res7s

    res7s Well-Known Member

    Lee Classic Turret for me, unless I'm going to load 50 BMG.
  8. RustyFN

    RustyFN Well-Known Member

    Classic turet for me. I have had mine six years. I know a few guys that load 30-06 on their classic turret's with no problem.
  9. CMV

    CMV Well-Known Member

    Classic turret. While I do run it as a single press for batch operations at times, it really speeds things up when you want to do 2 or more operations in a row. Even without the auto-index, just twisting the turret to manually move to the next die is much faster.

    Another thing I really like about the turret press is once my dies are setup, they're set. Not a big deal for many people I'm sure, but to me it's nice. For an extra $8 I can get a turret ring with a new die set. Once the dies are all set up, when I'm done with that caliber, I just remove the whole turret & shell holder (tool-less, 10 seconds total which includes putting it away). When I go back to it, another 10 seconds & I'm all set. I *think* I get better consistency from batch to batch of the same thing because I'm not resetting each die every time.
  10. john16443

    john16443 Well-Known Member

    Bought a Lee ss breech lock as my first press and into to reloading. Used it for a month and bought a Lee turret. Not because there was anything wrong with the SS, it just didn't keep up with my consumption in 2 pistol calibers. If you're getting just one, it's a no brainer for the turret.
  11. Legionnaire

    Legionnaire Well-Known Member

    Turret. I've never used the index; pulled it first thing. I prefer to batch 50 through each stage, and with the turret, I just rotate to the next die. When done with loading that cartridge/caliber, just pull the turret head and insert a different one for the next (different) cartridge you want to load for.
  12. Certaindeaf

    Certaindeaf member

    True. I came this close to getting another SS (hiatus from reloading for some time) as I was under the mistaken assumption that all turrets were manual.. it really didn't click, even with all the raves, for me until I watched a utube video showing the auto indexing. Done.
  13. AK Gun Man 88

    AK Gun Man 88 Well-Known Member

    Would the turret work well if I set up one turret with 3 dies...the depriming die and the RCBS Primer Pocket Swager (x2 one large and one small)? I have a great deal of 5.56 that needs to be prepped.
  14. RustyFN

    RustyFN Well-Known Member

    Yes it will work fine. What I did with a four hole turret and three die's is I would pull out the completed round with my left hand, while I was putting it in the bin and grabbing a new case I would cycle the handle with my right hand to get past the empty hole in the turret. worked very well.
  15. greyling22

    greyling22 Well-Known Member

    Personally l like the turret for handgun and the SS for rifle. Be sure you check out lee's clearance/refurb area. you can usually find a SS there, and shipping is only $5. you will not ever find a classic turret there though.
  16. oldreloader

    oldreloader Well-Known Member

    Classic Turret hands down.. If you have any doubt about them just try to find a used one!!They are scarce as hen's teeth.
    Last edited: Jan 29, 2012
  17. germ

    germ Well-Known Member

    Another vote for the LCT.
  18. Sport45

    Sport45 Well-Known Member

    Sure. You can put whatever dies you want on the turret. One turret of mine has a couple of two-die sets, 7.7jap and .223 if I remember right. My universal decapper shares a turret with one of my 3-die sets. I have never used the auto index feature on mine either. Instead I use it in batches single stage, as described by Legionnaire.

    Get a few extra turrets, you'll wind up needing them.
  19. RustyFN

    RustyFN Well-Known Member

    Yea good point. I forgot that I even have a turret set up with my Lee bullet hardness tester set up in it. The classic turret really is a very versital press.

  20. brody

    brody Active Member

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