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New Press Coming - Going to Try the Lyman Brass Smith

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by markr6754, Jun 7, 2019.

  1. markr6754

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    Well, today’s my birthday. So in celebration of making it to Medicare, my darling wife approved my order for an 8 die turret. I hate losing my Lock n Load bushing setup, but then, with 8 positions I shouldn’t need to swap dies in and out. It helps that I just received a $40 Amazon gift certificate, bringing the price to me after taxes of $162. Since I’m also in the beginning planning for turning a now vacant bedroom (recent empty nesters) into my reloading room it may be a while before I can get a new bench up and put it to use. Nonetheless, a new press sitting idle in my home is better than one sitting idle in am Amazon warehouse.

    Thoughts from other Lyman users?
     
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  2. forty_caliber
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    I use the Brass Smith Turret. I really like the press. Plenty of leverage for tough jobs. I've got a turret dedicated to .30 caliber and one dedicated to .22 caliber. I use the Lyman Ram Prime dies with the appropriate size in each turret along with a bullet puller. The on-press priming system can only be described as clunky and I don't use it.

    InLine Fabrication makes mounts and accessories for this model. Might be worth checking those out at some point.

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    A belated Happy Birthday!
     
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  4. WiTom

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    Happy Birthday, and let us know how you like it, when you get the press setup.
     
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  5. markr6754

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    The press came in on my birthday. Sadly...it is far too heavy to even think of mounting on my current converted Black & Decker Work Mate...even if I unmounted my Hornady LNL Classic. So now I have a sense of urgency to get my new reloading room project started. I like the looks of it, and am picking up ideas from others that are using this, and other turrets. I generally prime with the Frankford Arsenal Hand Primer, but I also have 2 Lyman Ram Primes, one set for large, one set for small. I don't like handling primers one at a time, so I'm not sure I'll set the Lyman Ram Primes in the turret. I'll be keeping my Hornady press, and just may continue using the Auto Prime feature...which works really well...aside from loading the stupid primer tubes.
    Anyway, thanks for the encouragement and the birthday wishes. I'll update this thread as I have news to report.
     
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  6. Olympus

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    Brass Smith is actually the name for a the entire press lineup. What you have is the Lyman All-American 8 press. I bought one last year for Christmas. I've been using it for 6 months now and I had issues with priming system. I had to order new parts from Lyman for the on-press priming system and also new primer pickup tubes. So far, the new parts they sent me are working much better than the ones that came with the press. I'm thinking I bought one of the first production run so they might not have worked out all the bugs at that time. But so far, I do like the press. The price made it a huge attraction to me.
     
  7. markr6754

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    Thanks for the correction. I came to that realization when I tried to explore YouTube videos. It returned reviews of every Lyman product under the sun. Thus far, no one likes the priming system. Sad, as I really came to like the Hornady system after I added the Auto Prime. One would think that a new press would have worked out all issues related to on the press priming. No matter...glad you like it. I’ve dealt with Lyman Customer Service in the past (Ram Prime self-induced problems). Quality operation and I’ll expect the same should my All-American 8 cause me any issues.
     
  8. Olympus

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    For a turret, it is a very solid press. I'm still debating on whether I should buy a Hornady Iron Press and switch all my rifle dies over to the LnL bushing system.
     
  9. markr6754

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    That is one of the things I’m not thrilled with in adopting the Lyman All American. I have a sizable investment in LnL bushings...my only dies that don’t have them on are the new Lyman .458 SOCOM dies I just bought. It’s a really nice system that helps bridge the gap between a turret press and a single stage. Nonetheless, Lyman has been putting out a lot of new products...affordable products. So I am going to give them a try.
     
  10. Jeff Flannery

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    I have this press and it's beefy enough for anything it put thru it. However , as stated before, don't even bother using the priming system. Total junk. I have no idea why Lyman let this issue fir thru the cracks. I hand prime then use the press for the other steps
     
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  11. PistolPete45

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    I picked one up about 2 months back . Yup had problems with the primer system Got up with Lyman and it was taken care of lightning quick. So it is not smooth as butter takes a wiggle every so often to get a primer and deliver it . Not sure if I will prime separate or not . So far it is working well enough . Got it on sale and if I had to I would buy it not on sale . I really like this press . ($135. ) plus shipping .
     
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  12. Bat Rastard

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    Happy Birthday, and congrats!

    I have never used a turret type press. I am curious how solid the tool head is. Do they flex when doing heavy work ?
     
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  13. ArchAngelCD

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    The Lyman press looks great and while it is heavy it is no heavier than the Redding T-7 Turret Press.

    8 stations are a lot and will make loading quick and easy for sure. Additional turrets run $44.99 which isn't all that bad I guess considering the Redding turrets run you $79.99 each!
     
  14. hnusz

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    Thinking of getting one what shell holder does it use? The description on midway does not say. I have a Lee classic cast turret and a cast single stage I use now. Thanks
     
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  15. BlankRow

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    Congrats on the press.

    I have one, and have been using it for a few months now. I do not use the primer setup on it because it is too in the way for me, but otherwise it is fine. The only tip I have for it is to use oil to lube everything and not powdered graphite like the manual recommends. The graphite pretty much did nothing to smooth out the pull when I tried it.
     
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    I didn't know there were different types of shell holders, but I use the ones that came with my Lee 4-die set if that helps.
     
  17. berettaprofessor

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    Man, I just watched a video on this Lyman All-American 8 which covered unboxing, assembly and operation. No envy at all from the video; all it did was make me appreciate the genius of the auto-indexing Lee Classic Turret and the lucky star that the LCT was the second press I purchased. Did I mention that I can just switch out $10 turret holders and keep all my dies set? And that it autoindexes?
     
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