turret presses???

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Dec 27, 2002
South central Texas, USA
I wanted to find out what you guys can tell me about these for rifle (30-30, 356 Win, 257 Weatherby, 308) & 44 mag loads ??

I've been using a small old RCBS single stage for these rounds and thought something like the Lyman or whatever might be easier to load with.

An old Pro 1000 has been working fine for regular pistol rounds.
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No "n" in turret

IMHO, turret presses are a great idea for the low volume handloader. You can keep several dies on the turret and you only have to handle a case one time. The ony problem is the concern about flex in the system. I don't think a Benchrester would ever consider using one, and the only one i would consider (as a Highpower shooter) is the new Redding T-7, which was designed to prevent that flex.

I have a Lyman Spar-T that I use to hold "unique" dies like collet bullet pullers. I don't even use my turret for actual loading, just special use dies.
My Redding T-7 has been great. This is my first press and WILL have it for many years. Mine is set up for .45 and 9mm. I only change the Lee factory crimp die and leave the others in.
I use the Lee Turret Press with 4 hole turret to load .45 Colt. It does have the flex others have noted but that doesn't seem to cause any problem.

OAL is consistent, crimp is consistent and powder loads are the most consistent I've ever seen.

The ammo I've made in it is far more accurate than any factory ammo I've ever put thru my Ruger Vaqueros or W94.

And you can't beat the price of a LEE.
The tell tale press

The true measure would be to load, say, 10K rounds on both a T-7 and another turret and put the rounds on a concentricity gauge.
"The true measure would be to load, say, 10K rounds on both a T-7 and another turret and put the rounds on a concentricity gauge."

Sorry Steve, the true measure is to load as many rounds as you think you need and then put them in the target. Gauges tell you what you may have done wrong, targets tell you for sure.

I'm just beginning to flirt with a high-power target rifle. It shows a lot of promise if I could just get my heart to stop beating, but I load my .308 rounds on a Lee 3-hole turret press. I load them one at a time, just like I did when I was using the single-stage press. I carefully measure as many things as I can and then let my targets tell me if I'm doing things right. This morning, with an intermittant cross-breeze, I managed four groups (out of six) of less than 1 MOA.

I also use it to load 7mm, 8mm, .38 Special and .357 Mag. I haven't had a problem yet that I could blame on the press. If I have any massive resizing to do, I use the single-stage, but I think that's just common sense.

Lee presses look like a POS, but unless you mistreat them they'll do the job. Someone should work out the cost/benefit ratio some time: A $100 Lee press with very occasional broken parts which you would have to pay for against a $500 Dillon with it's free replacement parts. How many Lee parts would you have to buy to equal the price of the Dillon?
If you are worried about deflection or flex but want the convinience of a turret press it's hard to beat the Lee. With it's 3 post design it's solid as a rock for even the biggest cartridges.

At less than 50 bucks from http://midwayusa.com it's also cheaper than a lot of other manufacturers single stage presses so if you decied you don't like it your not out a lot of dough even if you end up reselling it.

I started out loading on my Dads RCBS Rock Chucker and Lyman Turret press and when it came to buying my own equipment I started got a Lee Loadmaster and have gone Lee ever since. It's not perfect, but I've loaded over 10000 rounds on it and have less than $400 in it to do 3 calibers and get replacement/spare parts.
Old Fart: If you are going to do that cost comparison you need to use realistic prices. A Dillon 550B which I would bet is their most popular press goes for $329 from Dillon. I believe you can save a little bit on that from a dealer.
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