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Lee Classic Cast Press $38.99 on May 30th

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Idano, Apr 24, 2007.

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  1. Idano

    Idano Member

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    Hey for anyone who is in the market for a good single stage press Graf & Sons is going to have the Lee Classic Cast Press on sale Wednesday May 30, for $38.99 that's half of their regular price. I just got the flier today in the mail and thought I would pass it on.
     
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  3. Matt Dillon

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    Anyone contemplating the need for a good single stage press, it looks as though this is your deal! This is a fantastic press, rugged enough for anything (including .50 BMG) and one that I heartily endorse (no affiliation with Lee)! I have always thought that it was the best bang for the buck, and I paid a lot more than this for mine!
     
  4. DaveInFloweryBranchGA

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    I have one and from personal experience using it side by side against an RCBS Rock Chucker, I can attest it's a better press than the RC. This is one heckuva deal. I strongly suggest to anyone, regardless of if they own a Lee Classic Turret, Hornady LnL progressive or Dillon progressive or if they just want/need a single stage, to buy one of these. It's an extremely nice single stage and that's one heckuva deal.

    Regards,

    Dave
     
  5. Idano

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    No codes just call their 1(800)531-2666 number on the 30th and the item number is 50LEE90998. This part of their50 years gets 50% off sale, there is 50 new items ever month on sale and this month the Lee Classic Cast Press was one of them.
     
  6. Idano

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    Dave,

    Now wait a minute don't be bad mouthing my Rock Chucker or I am going to have to come to over there and open up a can of whoop-ass on you.:neener:

    Granted for the price if I was to buy another single stage it would be a LEE Classic Cast!
     
  7. 454c

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    Dave, what do you like better about the Lee? I had about decided on the Rock Chucker Supreme as a first press.
     
  8. Idano

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    454c,

    I won't put words in Dave's mouth because that would unsanitary, but I'll bet you he will say one of the following.

    1. The LEE is half the price of the RCBS
    2. It's built stronger and the linkage can transfer more pressure or something like that.

    Seriously, I would now buy the LEE press over the RCBS press simply because I think the LEE is just as good as the RCBS for a lot less money. I have had a Lee LoadMaster and I can tell you their customer service is just as good as anyone else. In fact I have recently use RCBS and Hornady's customer service and all of them seem to be the same, exactly like Dillon's no BS warranty so I wouldn't let customer service be a deciding factor IMO.
     
  9. Matt-man

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    Jeez, at that price I'm tempted to buy a second one.
     
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  11. JoeHatley

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    I actually gave away my RCBS press and bought the Lee. The primer system on the Lee (both ways) is far superior.

    Joe
     
  12. duck911

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    What else is 50% off?

    --Duck911
     
  13. DaveInFloweryBranchGA

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    "Dave, what do you like better about the Lee? I had about decided on the Rock Chucker Supreme as a first press."

    Before I answer, I had the older, made in USA Rock Chucker, not the Rock Chucker Supreme and they are great presses, but Lee has basically improved upon the original design.

    Idano was wrong on this one. (grin) Here's my answers on the Lee Vs. the RCBS Rock Chucker Supreme:

    1. It's made in the United States of America and is better machined than the RC Supreme, which is made in China.

    2. About the same linkage as the Rock Chucker, but it has a thicker Ram and the linkage has a built in stop to prevent overtravel. The linkage parts are coated to prevent rust, not that I consider this an issue, as I liked blued steel as well.

    3. The Ram has a hole in the middle and spent primers (Along with the associated filth.) go down the hole in the Ram to a plastic tube mounted on the bottom of the Ram, thereby keeping the press clean and free of spent primer debris. I especially like this feature, as the cup on the Rock Chucker got filthy over time and filled with primers. With the Lee, I just route the tube into a 2 pound coffee can and wahlah, no nasty primer filth in my press's work area. This is probably the biggest improvement over the RC for me, as I hate dealing with leftover primer filth when I'm trying to load rounds.

    4. The operating handle can be moved for either left or right handed operation. It can also be adjusted for angle and for length. This allows the operator to get the most ergonomic position for the operating handle for themselves.

    5. The press is cast iron, is an O-frame design like the Rock Chucker. But the base is a better design and while the press weighs less than the Rock Chucker, it feels (going on perception here, didn't measure it) more stiff than the RC and chores such as FL resizing of large cases, swaging of military primer pockets, decapping of brass, etc. that I use for the press for are done smoothly and effortlessly. Lee offers a .50 BMG version of this press and I believe the press can handle it. Certainly 30-06 isn't anything to it.

    6. The three bolt holes for the base are located in the most optimum location to support the working leverage of the press.

    7. The press can be fitted with a Lee Safety Prime to make priming on the press quite easy and no touch. The bracket for the Safety Prime comes with the press.

    8. On sale through Cabella's, this press costs about 1/3rd the cost of a Rock Chucker Supreme.

    9. It can accept both 1 1/4" and Industry standard standard resizing dies, as it has a bushing for the large dies and the standard dies. For the fella that asked about Dillon dies, he'd have to identify the size of the Dillon dies, because they offer oddballs for the SBD.

    10. The bushing mentioned in 9 above can be removed and a Hornady LnL conversion kit used to allow you to use Hornady LnL bushings with the Lee. This allows you to adjust a die in the press once, then quickly install and remove it without having to ever adjust it again. Makes reloading single stage, for those that choose to, very quick.

    For those that have turrets and progressives, this makes an ideal companion press to your other presses. For that price, I'd jump on one if I didn't already own one. That's an awesome deal.

    Regards,

    Dave
     
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    is the sale only on may 30th? or is it until may 30th?
     
  15. Idano

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    Dave I wasn't wrong, I just gave the readers the condensed version like Readers Digest does and you gave them Charles Dickens version. :neener:

    jr81452 ,

    That sale starts on May 30th and runs though June or until they run out.
     
  16. DaveInFloweryBranchGA

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    Idano,

    LOL

    Dave
     
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    I'm sorry, but I'm confused.

    Is this sale on May 30th or April 30th?

    Thanks for the heads up.
     
  18. wolfe28

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    Does the sale apply just to the classic cast press (which I do want), or are there other presses as well (like, maby, the classic turret; hope, hope)?
    D
     
  19. DaveInFloweryBranchGA

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    You'll have to check with Cabella's.

    Regards,

    Dave
     
  20. SSN Vet

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    I have a classic turret press. Please help me appreciate how having a companion single stage will help...

    I could leave it set up with a unniversal de-capping die and then pop primers before I tumble.......but why?

    I could use it to swage mil. surp. But couldn't I do this on my classic turret?

    It could provide more leverage for full length sizing large cases. But isn't the my classic turret robust enough to do this?

    If I can pull off a little creative accounting, I hope to get a .30-06 bolt action rifle this summer. But I figured I'd only neck size my fire formed brass.

    Am I missing something?
     
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    Their out! I just called. They don't allow back ordering. Apparently there were only 50 of them available at that price. :(
     
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    I just got mine

    I just got my Lee Classic Cast press from Grafs for $39.95:):):). Had to dial for 5 minutes to get in, but everything worked after that. Thanks for heads up Idano.:):)
     
  24. Fburgtx

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    Sold Out!!! (In 17 minutes per the rep I spoke to.....
     
  25. dannyabear

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    I got # 39 i was told @ 8:07 this morning.
     
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