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lee three hole turret with 4 hole conversion

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by TennJed, Jun 3, 2011.

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  1. TennJed

    TennJed Member

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    i see that midway has the lee classic 4 hloe turret for $105...they also have a 3 hole turret for $71 and a 4 hole conversion for $15...a total of $86

    what advantages does the classic 4 hole have over buying the 3 hole and the conversion kit?....would i need a conversion kit for every set of dies?
     
  2. john16443

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    These are apples and oranges. Your $105 kit is commonly called the Lee Classic 4 hole turret press. The $71 one is the older style Lee Deluxe press with manual index. The conversion kit changes this $71 press into a four die press, but it still isn't the same as the Lee Classic press. The $76 Lee 4 Hole Turret Press with Auto Index, commonly called the Lee Deluxe 4 hole press is the closest relative to the $105 press. With the $76 Deluxe you DON'T need the conversion kit. All you need for a different caliber is another $13 turret and whatever dies you have.

    I have the Lee Deluxe press and am very pleased with it. I only reload pistol, so I don't put stress on it. Some say that the cast aluminum is cheap and may be prone to breakage, which may be true if you're doing rifle rounds without lube. Common wisdom says get the Lee Classic over the Deluxe. If $$'s talk too loud, at least you know the Deluxe will work.
     
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    Thanks for this explanation. I just bought the Deluxe 3 hole and some extra turret plates cause they match e Pro 1000 progressive. Actually a lot of the parts are the same. I resize and deprime on a Herters no3 so three holes is just right for me.
     
  4. john16443

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    Yep, I deprime on my Lee Breechlock single stage and fill the 4 holes on my Deluxe turret with a sizer (primer remover pine raised), flare/powder drop, seating, and taper crimp die. Same set up for 45ACP and 9mm, all I need to do is change out the turrets.
     
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    The depriming is different on the deluxe vs the classic cast models.

    The classic cast models are much cleaner as the spent primers CAN'T go on the floor.
    I think the deluxe model CAN'T make the primer NOT go on the floor.
    (spent primer dust gets all over too.)
     
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    I've owned both, and I'll stick with the Classic. I'll never own another Deluxe.
     
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