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Question for Lee Classic turret press owners

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by stonebuster, Feb 15, 2022.

  1. stonebuster

    stonebuster Member

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    My question is how often have you had to replace your indexing ratchets(plastic square inserts)? I'm only getting through @1K rounds of 38/357 before I need to change one. I try to keep the indexing rod clean & properly indexed. I'm considering using Mothers mag polish on the twist in the indexing rod to see if it prolongs the life of these ratchets.
     
  2. 1KPerDay

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    I've replaced one in 45K rounds loaded. I keep the indexing rod lubed with CLP. I make sure not to turn the turret manually (to fix something or re-crimp or something) unless the ram is raised a bit.
     
  3. jebova2301

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    Drop a drip of motor oil or clp or something down there to lube it, and don't slam it when you are lowering the ram and they will last THOUSANDS of rounds. I have probably a dozen spares laying around somewhere since I was originally blasting through one every 500-1000 rounds, but after slowing the ram down as it is going down and adding a little lube has made the current one in there last probably 5000 rounds or so.
     
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  4. Bosn Ski

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    I never had to replace one in 9,000 rounds of 9mm.
     
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  5. NapalmMan67

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    In years of using mine reloading countless thousands of rounds of a variety of calibers... never. I bought 3 or 5 (?) spares years ago and they have just collected dust, I don't even recall where I have them stored.


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  6. Hugger-4641

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    Between my various pistol and .223 rds, I've got at least 3k rounds on mine and still on all original parts. I spray mine with Rem oil every 100rds or so.
     
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  7. CoalCrackerAl

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    Some folks seam to get good mileage out of them. Others not so much. I removed all the auto index parts on mine. I can go faster without and less clutter when cleaning the press.
     
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  8. deadeye dick

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    Me too.
     
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  9. tightgroup tiger

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    About 30+ years. My original Pro 1000 still has the original in it. Granted I quit using it about 5 years ago but still pretty impressive.
    I kept it greased with Lubri-Plate grease.
     
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  10. Bartojc

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    I’m over 20000 rounds easy and I’m on my original one. I’ve replaced a spring in the safety prime at a little over 10000 rounds.

    Jeff
     
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  11. WrongHanded

    WrongHanded Contributing Member

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    I started reloading when I joined the forum. So July 2017. I've only used the one press, which is an LCT. Never had to replace that thing. I'm not sure how many rounds I run, maybe 10K.
     
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  12. red rick

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    I removed mine and batch load .
     
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  13. docbrown

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    Keep it lubed and don't try to turn the turret without raising the ram a little bit. If you don't raise the ram, you can strip out a ratchet real quick. I have thousands of rounds through mine and have yet to replace one.
     
  14. 12Bravo20

    12Bravo20 Member

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    I have had my Lee Classic Turret press since 2005 and have only replaced that part once. And I have loaded a lot of different pistols calibers and quite a bit of 223 ammo with the press over the years.
     
  15. stonebuster

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    Judging from these replies it's something I'm doing to cause premature failure. I'll keep it well lubed, raise ram a bit before indexing manually and go easy with it.
     
  16. RealGun

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    I spray the turret innards with One Shot and then get less resistance. The stations then line up easily with no false calls for adjustment. Much less wear and I can go years without changing an insert. I learned early on that I could move the turret to another position with no consequence, if I just pull the handle enough to feel no resistance.
     
  17. oldschool45

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    I've loaded 1000s and never replaced that part. Keep it clean and wiped down (sizing & depriming occasionally dirty brass creates a mess). I lube the inside of the ring that holds the turret, the twisted rod and the ram.
     
  18. AK Hunter

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    I gave up on trying to keep it going & just took the rod out. Now I index it by hand, I have gotten to where I'm just as fast without it.
     
  19. outdoorman63

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    Ours lasted a few hundred rounds , took it out and never got around to replacing it.
     
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  20. mdi

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    After some frustrating "go arounds" when trying to set up some dies right after I got my turret, I took the auto indexing parts out. Hand indexed for about 20 years. Worked great, I felt I had more control and I didn't want a semi-progressive press...

    Not sure, but IIRC someone made a ratchet out of aluminum?
     
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  21. CoalCrackerAl

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    I searched to see if someone made an upgrade. Results were always about copyrights.
     
  22. kcofohio

    kcofohio Contributing Member

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    I bought my LCT in 2011. It's still on the original plastic square. I couldn't tell how many 1000s of reloads. Somewhere is the replacement that comes with the press. And I bought 5 back-ups also.
    I clean and lube the ram, and occasionally wipe and polish the turrets and turret tracking. I use Mother of Mags polish.
     
  23. kcofohio

    kcofohio Contributing Member

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    That's the versatility of the press. One can run it to what fits them. :)
     
  24. mdi

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    Me too! Often I'd do two or three steps on brass up to ready to charge and seat. Seemed to go faster/easier (but speed, Rounds Per Hour is the last thing I think of)...
     
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  25. Crosshair

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    I never wore one out, but stopped using the auto-advance years ago and just manually rotate it.
     
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