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Old 03-12-2013, 9:12 PM
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Default want to upgrade to a turret press, which one do i get?

Hey cal gunners ive been reloading for a while started with one of those old Hornady Pacific single stage presses with a scale a powder dispenser and some lachmiller .30-06 dies i picked up all for $40. (like i said a while ago) I love the press i keep it clean and never have any problems with it. I started with just loading .30-06 then eventually got into 7RemMag .460 S&W and .45. I want to eventually expand into loading .308 .233 and maybe 9mm. most of the ammo i load is for target shooting plinking fun with the occasional precision and hunting loads. So id like to spend less time loading (even though i enjoy it) and more time shooting (which i like a whole lot more). I am thinking of getting a Turret Press when they become more available and when components arent at ridiculous prices. I was just wonder what most of yall prefer? what press do you have? what are its ups and downs? not really looking to get an Ammo Plant just something to load up a few hundred pistol and small rifle rounds in a couple hours or less. Thanks Fellas

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Old 03-12-2013, 9:15 PM
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Lee Classic Turret Press. Get it.
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Old 03-12-2013, 11:04 PM
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I still run my RCBS Rock Chucker that I've had for 30 years...guess I'm just old fashioned, but a friend runs a Dillon 550B, and it's pretty damned sweet!
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Lee Classic Turret. It's a great press and built well. Easy to switch between calibers and once you get used to it you can pump out rounds at a decent pace.
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Redding T-7. Thing is SICK!!!
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Yep, RCBS Turret.
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Old 03-13-2013, 7:32 AM
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The Lee Classic Turret Press is a great press but I didn't like the Lee Auto Disk Powder Measure so I put a Hornady powder measure on it and I works great
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what is it that you guys like most about your turret as opposed to others?
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Classic Turret Press is the best!!! for the price.
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Lee classic turret if money is a concern. I think everyone would agree for the money there is nothing better.
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I also agree on the Lee Classic Turret press, It is a very good press.
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Split the baby. Get a cheaper Turret and use the single stage.

I use my RCBS cheap turret for brass prep for handguns it's insert brass-decap-turn-size-turn-bell-remove brass so I don't have to keep switching brass for each stage.

I prime by hand.

The I use my Harrell pistol dispenser and drop the powder into 25 to 50 cases. and visually check each case with care

Rockchucker to set the bullets with no crimp then into a old plastic bucket temporally.

Reset my die to crimp only.

Rockchucker to crimp the cartridges and into the finish ammo cases.yeah I know it's two steps but I don't have to buy another die for each caliber

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I have a T7, it's built like a tank, no flex at all and that is what you really want out of a "single stage". So you get single stage accuracy/precision and seven dies already setup.
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Base Hornady L-N-L AP and some LNL Bushings. $399 from Cabelas (backordered but isn't everything these days)

Auto Indexing, 5 station, I do .308 and .223 for semi-auto rifles and all pistol calibers on it.

Add the bullet rebate, unbeatable deal.

Keep single stage for precision and brass processing.
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Lee Classic Turret. It's a great press and built well. Easy to switch between calibers and once you get used to it you can pump out rounds at a decent pace.
Another vote here for the Lee Classic Turret. Works good.
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I really like my Lee Classic Turret - excellent for the price too. The Safety Prime system can be finicky to setup the first time, but once it's setup, it works really well - But you can always forgo the Safety Prime and handprime instead which may be faster and anyway. Just depends if you want to prime on or off the press.
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what is it that you guys like most about your turret as opposed to others?
WOW, let's see.

1. I popped my reloading cherry on it.
2. It has held up and for the $82 it was worth it.
3. It has 4 holes so I can run 4 dies instead of 3 or 1.
4. It is a mechanical device that just looks cool.
5. It is red and the Lee customer service always is cool to respond to my questions.
6. It has been around forever it seems.
7. It will run just about any dies out there.
8. It has a FAST speed of about 120-180 rounds an hour depending on how fast you reload.
9. It has a good priming system that also looks simple yet safe.
10. It costs about $10 to do a caliber changeover in about 5 minutes or less with a Hornady LNL AP Powder Dropper.
11. So far it has been very good.
12. The decapping system works great with a hoseclamp on it as opposed to the RCBS Heavy Duty RC tossing them all over the place.
13. Oh yeah, I popped my reloading cherry on it...
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Since nobody mentioned it.... LEE CLASSIC TURRET PRESS....
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Just in case you are looking, titan reloading has 57 turret kits in stock
http://www.titanreloading.com/kits/l...rret-press-kit

I just ordered mine yesterday
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Old 03-14-2013, 9:25 AM
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have had 2 lee's ,loaded thousands of rounds onthem , sold them and bought a dillon 550b and a 650 , all are good
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I have a T7, it's built like a tank, no flex at all and that is what you really want out of a "single stage". So you get single stage accuracy/precision and seven dies already setup.
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Lee Classic Turret Press. As others have said, it's about the best one out there and also happens to be the best bargain.

The thing is frighteningly easy to use. Seriously. I have a video showing a cartridge conversion done in under a minute and a half, and that's with a primer size change. Financial outlay, you're looking at basically a turret and a set o' dies, maybe a powder measure if you want.

I usually get about 120 rounds/minute with my LCTP. Not rushing, just loading comfortably. That's probably fast enough for the majority of hobbyist shooters out here. The LCTP will also reload any cartridge from the tiny little .25 ACP all the way to the big-honkin' Weatherby Magnums.

If I were allowed to have only one press, it'd be the LCTP. Fortunately, I'm not so restricted...and I still have, use, and enjoy the LCTP.
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There is a rcbs 4x4 no one is bidding on ebay new. Might be able to make a deal!
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for the money I'd get the Dillon 550B!
Great press and I love the customer service! I had 2 broken parts and that replace them ASAP!
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Well of course the Lee Classic I love mine, works well, throws consistent powder charges, Primer system works well, very easy to change calibers & primer size, inexpensive and it simply works.
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Loadmaster Kit from Titan, because I can stay progressive with long shells and at a little over $100 more than the Classic - one set of dies are included. If you are mil/leo you get a discount.

Oh, and I popped my loader cherry on it!
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I started out reloading in 1969 with a Lyman Turret press, now replaced by there T-Mag Turret press. I also have a Dillion 550 for those long string of reloading chores (100-500 rounds). I like the T-Mag for load development and small batchs (50 or less rounds) or when I don't feel like changing out the Dillion to another caliber.
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I just got my Dillon RL550B a month ago. I am new to reloading, but this machine is very user friendly. I was able to load a couple hundred rounds in no time. I can change calibers quickly. The price was a little more than I was hoping for, but the quality has exceeded my expectation.
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I bought a lee classic 25 years ago, when it was the lee turret press. I have never had an issue except with the auto advance. I upgraded it to the safety prime, which is the greatest addition of all time from that crappy primer fork. I load all my rifle on it (.308, 30.06, 7.62x54) and pistol ( pretty much everything except 45 and 9) turrets are 6 bucks and allow quick canges like cowboy said.
Best deal going today.
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While I have never had a single stage press I can say I am totally delighted with my choice. I purchased the Dillon RL550B. Service is wonderful, press is very easy to set up and use. Glad I made the choice.
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The Lee Classic Turret Press is a great press but I didn't like the Lee Auto Disk Powder Measure so I put a Hornady powder measure on it and I works great
+1

I have a Lee Classic Turret and I dumped the lee autodisk pro measure for a LNL powder dropper with case activated linkage, but there is noting wrong with the lee powder dropper once you get it broken in. In my case I only upgraded because of the 22gr limit with h-110 on 44 mag...
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Redding T-7. Thing is SICK!!!
^^ This would also be my top pick... then the RCBS turret, then the Lee.

If saving money on the press is the name of the game the Lee turret is hard to beat.

If you can afford the T-7, you cant go wrong, its a beast.
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