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Lee Turret Press advise please

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by jeeptim, Oct 9, 2010.

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  1. jeeptim

    jeeptim Member

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    Just got an older lee turret press have used my rock chucker like it but slow so got the press 4 die set up now should have asked you all befor i spent at midway. the press also came with a auto disk powder unit $40.00 so what i got from midway was the safety primer unit riser through powder/expanders
    a few pistol and rifle already have the factory crimp dies, want to use it for pistol that seems easy enough but want to load 223 7.62x39 and 308 plinkers
    What problems am i going to run into or have you run into also has anybody mounted a small light within the press?
    I'll tell you I'm as excited as Michael Jackson in boys town to get this up and running (that was bad) Thanks
     
  2. Blackrock

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    I use a flible Goose Neck type lamp on my bench that I can twist around to about anywhere I need the extra light.
     
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    with rifle reloading,you size the case,measure it,and trim if necessary.thus,the 'speed' of a turret press...or prgressive..is nil beause u have to remove the case after sizing.
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    just use the sizer die only the 1st time through and size all the cases at once.just size.
    measure and trim.
    continur with the loading operation with sizer die removed.
     
  4. Hondo 60

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    I have a Lee turret press & really haven't run into any problems.
    It just does what it's supposed to do - except maybe the depriming - spent primers want to go all over rather than down the chute.
    But that's a very minor thing to me. I just use a hand-held dust buster to vacuum up the primers after each session.
    For rifle reloading, I use a single stage press to deprime/resize, then trim a whole batch. Then use my turret press to finish.
    Where you really gain speed over a single stage is in doing straight walled pistol like 9mm, .38 spl, .357 mag & 45 colt. I can do a box in probably less than 1/3 the time on a turret vs single stage.

    I've seen a photo of one setup where the poster attached a clamp to the side of the press & used the clamp to attach a flexible neck bore light.
    Maybe do a search on this site. I'm almost positive it was here where I saw that.
     
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    I got this light at Grainger.

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    I have a light but I generally use a powder check die.
     
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