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John P.
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Posted: December 16 2018 at 4:55pm | IP Logged Quote John P.

Anybody use one of these? I just ordered one to supplement my Dillon
and RCBS presses. It seems a lot easier to change calibers than my
progressives. I plan to use it for cartridges I donít load on a progressive
already.
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Posted: December 17 2018 at 5:24am | IP Logged Quote turbo1889

The Lee Classic Cast Iron Turret Press is
my primary press. I use it for the vast
majority of stuff. The exceptions being:

----- Full length resizing of high load
rifle cartridges. That would be big stuff
like the big belted magnums or stuff that
the chambers or really oversize and size
down hard (a couple 303-Brit guns in my
collection that barely pass a field guage
set to check the shoulder not the rim).
The classic turrent press can certainly do
these but I have the classic cast iron
single stage as well and it just "feels"
better full length sizing the tuffer ones
on it.

----- Stuff where I am doing more then 4
things that I need a die each for. Lee
turret with it's auto indexing is awesome
but it only has four holes. My manually
indexed turrent press (other brand then
Lee can't remember off top of head) has
spots for 7-dies and there have been a few
loads I've worked up where I was pushing
that! Most people though don't do duplex
or even tri-plex loads with multiple
powder through dies with Lee auto-disk
units set up for each drop with powder
compression dies setup in-between and then
want to seat and crimp in separate stages
as well.

----- Swagging. I actually cracked a Lee
turrent insert unit (not the press, the
interchangeable turrent insert unit)
trying to swag 410-bore rifled hollow base
slugs with a custom swagging die I have.
Swagging is a heavy duty single stage
press only task.

But for the other 90+% of what I do it all
gets done on my Lee Classic Cast Iron
Turret Press. Including literally 10's of
thousands of cast lead bullet loads for
pistol cartridges and neck size only rifle
loads with cast lead bullets. I have one
gun in my collection that has had a
litteral 70,000+ rounds of 45-ACP cast
lead loads put through it over the last
decade plus all of which were made on my
Lee turrent press. Get it all set up with
a Lee auto-disk powder measure, a bucket
of empty brass and a bucket of cast
bullets and a bin of primers on my left
side and an empty bucket on my right side
and start watching good TV shows and work
the handle, every four pulls a loaded
round gets dropped in the empty bucket on
my right. Refill the powder Hopper and
grab pan of primers on commercial break.
Everything else I can do without looking
and by the time I've watched a few shows
the bras bucket on my left is empty, the
bullet bucket is noticeably lower, the
floor has at least one empty powder bottle
tossed on it along with many empty primer
trays and I've got a beautiful heaping
full bucket of loaded ammo to my right in
that bucket that started out empty! Then
it's just a matter of cleaning up and
putting everything away.

"Normal People" sit in front of the tube
and just couch potato. With the Lee auto
indexing turrent press I can double task
that instead and get something useful done
at the same time.

*NOTE* ~ I only do this with loads where
an accidental double charge will not
physically fit in the case. I do not
suggest loading by feel while watch the
tube with a load where a double charge
will physically fit in the case.

Edited by turbo1889 on December 17 2018 at 5:33am


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Posted: December 17 2018 at 6:45am | IP Logged Quote Desert Eagle41

Hey Turbo, Might your 7 hole be a Redding t-7?? I use mine every day and love it. I may get a lock and load auto indexing just for 9mm as I shoot a lot when I shoot at all. Craig

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Posted: December 17 2018 at 12:11pm | IP Logged Quote turbo1889

Desert Eagle41 wrote:
Hey Turbo, Might
your 7 hole be a Redding t-7?? . . .


Went and looked, and yup that is what it
is. I picked mine up used from an estate
sale were all the reloading stuff was sold
as a single lot that I turned out to be
the high bidder on in the silent auction.

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Posted: December 17 2018 at 12:58pm | IP Logged Quote Desert Eagle41

I still like the "feel" of a single stage press and with the t7 it is basically a single stage but you can at lease move to the next die so I end up resizing then flare/expand and also put the primer in all in one operation. Then after the powder goes in then bullet then crimp. I do use a taper crimp die as the last step and again when you got 7 holes this is not an issue. I leave 9mm set up all the time and use the other side of the turret for everything else. I really don't need a auto indexing machine but I will get one just to have. Craig

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