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Miserable Lee die boxes, I need a screwdriver to open them

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Clark, Jan 23, 2013.

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  1. Clark

    Clark Member

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    And I have really strong finger nails. I can peel an orange quickly.

    I took out a pocket knife and hacked bevel on the bottom of the tab sticking out from the bottom half of the box. Now I can open them with just my finger nails.
     

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  2. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

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    Throw the dang thing on the floor and break it open as Mr. Lee intended.

    You can buy good die boxes.

    rc
     
  3. cfullgraf

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    Lee storage boxes are one of the reasons I stopped buying Lee dies. By the time I replaced the o-ring lock-less rings with real lock rings, bought a new, well designed storage box and paid for shipping for those items, I was spending near as much as a set of RCBS dies.
     
  4. rcmodel

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    +1

    rc
     
  5. rsrocket1

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    Flip the lid around 180 degrees so that the box can't lock. Then use a piece of packing tape to keep it closed. Fold the end of the tape over so it doesn't completely stick, it makes peeling the tape off easier.

    Or pay double for a set of dies in a nice box. You'll be happier.
     
  6. gamestalker

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    I won't even mess with their stinking boxes. Once I get them open I throw them away and use a real die box.

    GS
     
  7. Certaindeaf

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    You need to grow an opposable thumb. oohooh!
     
  8. beatledog7

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    I buy Hornady die boxes for all my Lee dies.
     
  9. beeenbag

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    Quit being a wuss and just open the box. It's not like it's made of tungsten, just squeeze the sides and pull the lid up. No need using your nails, might ruin a manicure.
     
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    I suppose the same guys that can't open these can't open their med bottles either.

    What a sad bunch, the boxes open in a second. I have a dozen Lee die sets and it never entered my mind that "darn, these simple plastic boxes are like die safes.". :neener:
     
  11. bigfinger76

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    They seem fine to me. Never had a problem.
     
  12. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

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    Oh!
    Thats lower then 3 week old whale dung right there.

    Try arthritic old hands, made slick with sizing lube, and get back to me when you are 70 years old son.

    rc
     
  13. jcwit

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    Is there nothing we here at THR that we can't bash Lee about!
     
  14. rcmodel

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    Nope!

    rc
     
  15. hogshead

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    rc I am finally gonna have to disagree with you on something. Of course I don't have the 70 yo hands yet. Glad your still around. Still grinning about your technique for stopping an attacking dog.:)
     
  16. GLOOB

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    My fingernails have nothing to do with opening the Lee die boxes, and I wear a large glove. I suppose the guys with problems have true sausage fingers if they need a fingernail to catch the lid!

    As Rsrocket pointed out, the lid is designed to lock one way, and to slip on the other. All you have to do it turn it around.

    I use the Lee lid to hold a working pile of brass and/or bullets next to the press. When I use my Hornady dies, I have to pull a lid off one of my Lee sets.
     
  17. rcmodel

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    I'm thinking that might work on attack dogs too, now that Gloob mentioned it.
    I should have thought to ask the war dog trainer about that??

    rc
     
  18. Certaindeaf

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    Lee is so cheap it had to use an "e" twice. well I tried
     
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    I'm gonna have to agree with jcwit on this one.

    If you can't open the die box, keep a small screwdriver handy as a pry bar, OR just turn the cover 180 degrees.

    That way they only had to pay once to get a vowel, huh? :scrutiny:
     
  20. hogshead

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    Well you will have to find another test subject cause if it dont work it would be bad and if it did work it would still be pretty bad.
     
  21. Certaindeaf

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    I have no idea what you are talking about.
     
  22. tcanthonyii

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    I like the boxes. I have no problems with them. But with the turret press I just get new turret plates. Then I never need the box.
     
  23. dickttx

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    Like this ^^^^.
    My 76 year old fingers don't work real well on anything anymore. I was just wondering a few minutes ago how I was going to open my gallon jug of Braums milk in a few years.:confused:
    And you only have to open the die box once, then put everything in a LCT turret or a LnL bushing, or a Folgers coffee can.;)
    Did not know about the 180° switch. Thanks
     
  24. sghart3578

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    seriously?
     
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    The round boxes at least hold a turret or work with push through bullet sizer.
     
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