Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by KY DAN, Jun 21, 2022.

  1. kmw1954

    kmw1954 Member

    Jun 24, 2018
    SE Wisconsin
    I received a Lee 3 hole turret a while back and it was the same way. This is one of the first models with the roll pin in the frame for the linkage instead of a shoulder bolt. I took the linkage part to work and was able to drill them and then bush the holes. Wasn't to concerned because really what I wanted from it were the dies and turret.

    Also own an RCBS JR3 that who knows how old or how many cycles it has been through.. Still makes great 223.
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  2. Skgreen

    Skgreen Member

    Apr 25, 2018
    My LNL AP has certainly loosened up over the years, but it hasn't been from a lack of lube/maintenance. (Over-lubed, if that's possible)
    It was/is still my first 1st Progressive. It's been through a lot of learning and loading,,,

    Is it worn out? No, not really. It depends on your expectations.
    To make the most-consistent Pistol ammo, I break it up into 2-passes through the Press instead of one. Easier on me and the Press.
    My rifle loads are all run through my 'Chucker Supreme.

    I still dream of a '6 or more' station LNL AP with a cast iron frame, but I bet the price tag would 'wake me up/bring me back to reality' rather quickly! :eek:
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  3. jmorris

    jmorris Member

    Sep 30, 2005
    I can tell you from a lifetime of building and repairing things, as soon as you think you have made something idiot proof, they just bring out better idiots.

    Two things I have found out over time. If it’s a machine, it can stop working. If it’s electronic it’s going to stop working.
  4. nevadabob

    nevadabob Member

    Feb 1, 2012
    Reno NV
    I bought my Lee Breechlock single stage press about 11 years ago when I first got into reloading and joined the Forum. I'm not a high volume reloader and enjoy the single stage process. This Forum has been a great help to me. My Lee + Lee dies work just fine. It's a fun hobby!
  5. tightgroup tiger

    tightgroup tiger Member

    Mar 20, 2011
    Piedmont/Triad, NC
    I started out on a Redding Jr C-frame press that Dad bought at some point in time.
    It was really a cheap made aluminum press that didn't last long at all. Not even 10 years.
    The the pins that held the linkage together were just knurled pins, the frame was aluminum and when I quit using it due to excessive ram play, the ram would move 1/8" forward to back at the top of it's stroke. It was seating my bullets crooked. The knurled pins all came loose and wouldn't stay in their holes anymore. Kept falling out on the floor.
    That press was worn out completely prematurely in my opinion. Probably why Redding quit making the aluminum C-frame Jr.

    Now, any good quality iron press that was taken care of? I would challenge anyone to wear one out. After I threw that cheap Redding C-frame aluminum press in the trash, I bought a RCll and this would have been in the mid 1990's and it loaded all my ammo until I bought the LNL-AP in the 2012 and I was loading a lot. There is still to this day no movement in the ram when completely up. I don't think this press could be warn out in 3 lifetimes.
    Last edited: Jun 22, 2022
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  6. GeoDudeFlorida

    GeoDudeFlorida Member

    Dec 1, 2020
    ...and the best way to fix it is to tell a supervisor it's busted and you can't work. :rofl:

    The more complex the machine the more fragile it is. Having a good warranty doesn't make the machine more robust but it does make it a better buy. I don't know much about turrets or progressives, I've always used single-stage presses and dies like the Lee Loaders, but I've used some pretty complex machines that didn't loosen up - but they were YUGE $$$$ industrial equipment, not consumer-grade products.
    Simple machines, when properly designed and constructed of quality goods, hold up better than complex machines under the same conditions. REF: Law of Entropy ;)
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  7. .45Coltguy

    .45Coltguy Member

    Apr 6, 2021
    Bought new in '77-'78 a RCBS Rock Chukar. In the late 90's, I called RCBS CS to purchase linkage pins and washers. They sent all those plus a new arm with the ball, as I had the old style.
    Press still works as it should. Not worn out.
  8. Y-T71

    Y-T71 Member

    Jul 5, 2011
    Can't argue with that.

    All I will say is, aside from those 2 incidents, the machine has been completely trouble free; not even any adjustments aside from dies and powder measure in all those years.

    Not bad for a heavily used 35 yeah old machine IMO.
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  9. EMC45

    EMC45 Member

    Jul 20, 2008
    My brother brought me a RC from a job site him and my Dad were on. He said it was just sitting out in the yard in GA and it was rusted up tight. I called RCBS and they sent me all the parts to rebuild it (free of course), and I used heat, Kroil and ATF fluid to break it loose and it is now under my bench (completely rebuilt) next to a couple other presses.
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  10. Highland Lofts

    Highland Lofts Member

    May 1, 2019
    Does anyone have a "worn out press" ?[/QUOTE]

    I had a new Hornaday single-stage Lock n Load press that I bought as a kit..
    When I started buying and selling range brass I use to deprime all of the brass with the Lee universal decapping die before tumbling the brass.
    Needless to say all the grit & grim wore the aluminum frame out. The ram got over a 1/8th.of an inch in slob from back of press to front of press.
    A call to Hornaday and a prepaid shipping label. Mailed it in, less then a week later I got a brand new press back.

    Every thing broken or bent from RCBS has been replace free of charge and free shipping.

    I bought two Dillon 550 pressesand a Dillon 650,
    All used. Once I get these set up and start useing them I'm sure I'll be contacting their customer service.

    I buy a lot of used reloading equipment.
    Last week I was going through some used die sets and started making a list of parts needed.
    I made a call to RCBS and got all the parts needed free of charge and free shipping.

    I went through a Lee 30/30 die set. The full length resizing die need to be replaced.
    I called Lee and they said to mail it in and they will replace it.
    Well this morning I recieved a email from Lee they sent an invoice for $11.50.

    I'll passing that and toss the rest of the die set in to the garbage.
    I truly do not like Lee at all.
    I never seen any one who slaps themselves on their own back as much as Lee does in his reloading manual.
    Grumpy_old_Fart likes this.
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