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Simple Pleasures

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by tooltech, Jan 30, 2013.

  1. tooltech

    tooltech Well-Known Member

    I finally decided to break down and start loading for my .40. I've had the gun for 2 years, but haven't decided if I like it or not. My wife however, loves it.

    Seeing as shellplates for my LNL are common as hens teeth right now, or selling for over $100 dollars, I broke out the Classic Turret.

    I haven't used this press in about 5 years. I had forgotten how nice this little press is to use. Plus, I didn't have the Safety Prime before, and primed by hand.

    It took less than 2 hours to setup my dies, validate my powder measure, and build 150 rounds.

    All in all, a nice evening
  2. gspn

    gspn Well-Known Member

    Yeah...i cranked out 100 44 spcl tonight on mine. Last night i did about 150 44 mag and the night before that 100 in 41 mag. Its just a nice easy reliable press. It will always have a place on my bench,
  3. ArchAngelCD

    ArchAngelCD Well-Known Member

    That is why I'm still using a Lee Classic Turret press for my handgun ammo loading. It is fast and easy plus it loads accurate ammo. I can load between 180 and 200 rounds an hour. That's not all that bad for a press that costs only ~$100.
  4. Reefinmike

    Reefinmike Well-Known Member

    The lee turret press is a pleasure to load on and I never regret it as my first(and only) press. Its very versatile and switching to a different caliber takes all of 15 seconds with the spare turrets. 250 rounds an hour at a moderate pace, three hours a month on the press covers my monthly shooting. My only complaint is that if you dont clean off the priming arm and the inner part of the ram every once in a while, the priming arm will fall off and bounce around to a difficult to find place. I also taped off the entire right side and the bottom half of the back side of the press with masking tape to keep the spent primers where they should be. maybe one out of 400 primers end up on the floor, the other 99.75% trickle down into a milk jug.

    I bought the cheapo version as a kit for $110 and 13,000 loads later it is still going strong.
  5. ArchAngelCD

    ArchAngelCD Well-Known Member

    I never had trouble with primers in the Classic Turret press. Are you using a Classic or Deluxe turret press?
  6. tcanthonyii

    tcanthonyii Well-Known Member

    I love my lee turret. I have 5 calibers for it right now and need to add 3 more. The changeable plates are awesome. Very little setup time the next time you load if you use the same components. Even if you don't all that needs to be adjusted is the LFCD and the bullet seater. Only takes 5 minutes and you're pounding out ammo. I'm not super fast on it yet but when I get my groove going i'm around 150-175 an hour on it. I load in batches of 100. Then I can get up go to the bathroom and get a drink of water.
  7. Fire_Moose

    Fire_Moose Well-Known Member

    I just upgraded to one on Xmas. Its so very smooth. I did mass batch sizing/priming on a single stage before I got the LCT so I haven't tried it out all the way around, once fired-->loaded round

    Ill prolly end up doing it the same though to keep the turret cleaner.
    I ended up shoving a flashlight in one hole for a powder check die.



    Sent from my CZ85 Combat
  8. Fire_Moose

    Fire_Moose Well-Known Member

    Was also thinking about doubling up, powder thru expander/auto disk->seat/crimp x2

    Then I can continuously crank the handle and not have wasted strokes (snicker snort) or have to move turret by hand.

    Sent from my CZ85 Combat

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