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Storage of Lee turret with dies installed

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by colonelhogan44, Oct 31, 2019.

  1. colonelhogan44

    colonelhogan44 Member

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    I've always just left my dies set up in the turrets and stored them laying on the bench. I got tired of how sloppy it looked, so I drew up and printed out these holders. They sit level on a bench or wall mount with screws. Much better!

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    Nice, I like that. I did something out of wood just to keep them off of the bench.
     
  3. Hokie_PhD

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    Nice
    I’ve bought some of the round cases Lee sells. But this is much nicer
     
  4. ben293

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    I’ve printed a turret holder found on thingiverse myself- unfortunately, it isn’t quite deep enough so the turrets sit a bit wonky in it- that’s a real nice piece you created.
     
  5. colonelhogan44

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    Thanks! It works really well, you align the tabs on the turret, just like on the press, slide it in and then turn to lock. It was a 1/2 hour design, needs a bit of optimization -- Since these photos, I've added a flat on the front for a caliber label, and I'll probably make a corresponding wall mount that it can be lifted on and off of easily but still provide solid engagement. That way you can store your dies on the wall, grab the one you need and bring it to the bench. It holds two shell holders, because sometimes you need more than one!
     
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  6. Cemetery21

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    Really amazing what can be engineered and printed. Nice job sir.

    Mine is not the cleanest bench, so I went with the Lee round cases for dust prevention.
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  7. colonelhogan44

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    The recent generation of mateirals available has really expanded the usefulness of printed parts. The part above is made from carbon fiber filled PET plastic. It's very stiff and prints with excellent dimensional tolerances (it's almost too easy -- no scaling required at all, everything just assembles as designed...As someone who's been printing things since 2011, the recent material advances are really incredible.
     
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    Might be a market for those thru these pages. They sit tall enough to accommodate the decapping pin. ?
     
  9. colonelhogan44

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    Yes, Here's a photo with the sizing die screwed all the way down, with about 1/8" clearance:

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    I'd be open to printing and selling them in small quantities if people want them -- I guess shoot me PM me if you want one. I'll be making continuous improvements until it's perfect for my uses. I have 4 of them made (and unused at the moment, mostly because they have not filtered their way from my prototyping room to my loading bench yet).
     
  10. 1KPerDay

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    Cool. I use large yogurt containers.
     
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  11. Stew0576

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    This was my solution, see it on thr somewhere so not my designs
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  12. IlikeSA

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    It looks like a nice design. Its amazing how far printed items have come. We are moving soon and the new house has what looks to me as a ready made reloading nook. I'm just looking for better ways to organize.

    I wish we had a Better Homes and Gardens type magazine to look at for ideas. Popular Mechanics is close but it would be nice to peruse a magazine like that.
     
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    If you can make them so you can hang them on the wall
     
  14. berettaprofessor

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    4-hole Turrets for the Lee classic fit nicely in a 3" PVC pipe (use the thicker pipe (1/4" wall) with an exact 3" hole, the 1/8" wall 3" pipe has a larger opening). I cut 13 of these at 1 3/4" height from a 24" piece of PVC with a total cost of around $4.90 for the 2 foot pipe (which means each ring cost about 37 cents!). The 1 3/4" height clears the decapping pin on all my installed turrets. Easy to slap a label on to keep track of the OAL and bullet they were last set up for (mine are pre-printed on Avery 5160 labels).

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  15. Lennyjoe

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    I get these off Ebay for mine.
     

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    Yep, that’s about what I do. I also cut holes in an extra board laid on my top shelf to match the outer diameter of the pvc pipe. Keeps all my loaded turrets lined up and in place, no fear of getting knocked off.
     
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    I was lazy and my wife is a teacher and has gotten tons of coffee mugs over the years and I just use them they fit perfect.
     
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  18. Varminterror

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    @colonelhogan44 - can you print one which responsibly stores 40-50 turret heads? Or a few which would be 20-25 each?

    My reloading benches, drawers, and adjacent shelving are a complete Charlie Foxtrot of turret heads. :(:(:(
     
  19. Iwsbull

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    Would that I had your problem Varminterror.
     
  20. colonelhogan44

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    Sounds like you have a high grade addiction. San Francisco gives out needles and provides a safe place to shoot up -- you need to find a city that enables with free powder/primers/bullets/brass and provides clean, safe shooting ranges!
     
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  21. GW Staar

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    None of that works that great in dusty New Mexico.....I had to find a dust free solution for my Pro 2000 die plates.....from either Hobby Lobby, Target, or Wal Mart....can't remember which:

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    For my Pro Chucker 7, I had to find another solution....ended up cutting the top of nut jars and sliding them over the die plates.

    I'm not finished.....if I can stay out of hospitals for a period I'll build a wood base for them.... sorry for the fish-eye look....the sides are vertical. Should've picked a better angle.
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    What's in front is the powder measure bottom.....using a Quickchange Unifow you don't have to have a whole powder measure for each tool head/die plate, just buy separate powder measure bottoms, p.m. just drops in.....makes storage a lot handier.

    I have managed to collect four Uniflows in 40 years.....they take up a lot of room. A giant one with a 2# hopper came with the Pro Chucker 7, One I bought for each of my other presses, R.C., Summit, and Pro2000. I draw the line at that.....I don't need or want one for for every die plate. Was really grateful when they started selling "Quick Change Conversion kits" for them.
     
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