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Old 11-12-2012, 04:22 PM
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I am locked up with analysis paralysis. Been wanting to buy a press for over a year, but I can't pull the trigger (pardon the pun). I am going to buy Lee. Torn between the Classic Cast and the Classic Turret.

I am a new reloader. Never done it before, but I have a good friend from my gun club who is willing to help me.

I have enough Cabela's points saved up, so price isn't an issue.

Which one and why?
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Old 11-12-2012, 04:31 PM
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Is the Classic Turret a cast iron press? If so I might go that way just for convience and speed in the future. Also if you choose a turret I'd go with the four holer. No matter what I'd choose a cast iron press over any alloy one.
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Old 11-12-2012, 04:47 PM
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Classic Turret. I use it in single stage mode but most use it with the auto-index mode. The turrets allow you to swap out calibers in seconds with dies preset. You will not be disappointed and can add a Classic Cast later for dedicated operations. I like to prime off the press with a hand primer system but most use the primer arm developed for the Classic Turret. I use powder dippers, but most set-up a powder measure on the Classic Turret.
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Old 11-12-2012, 04:47 PM
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Oneeye, I own 3 Lee presses: a little C-style, a breechlock Challenger, and the Classic Cast. I have no need to reload lots of rounds because all of my reloading is for rifle. The only "pistol" round I reload is the 44 Magnum. I reload everything in stages, i.e.: 20 cleaned and sized, the same 20 primed, the same 20 then charged with powder, etc.

However, in hindsight, and IF it was me, I would get the Classic Turret. You can store your dies for each caliber, already adjusted the way you want them, in the spare turrets. The you just place that turret full of dies on the press and you're ready to go. You can disable the indexing feature to load like a single stage press if you want. Or, leave it in auto-index mode and reload each cartridge to the finish at a time.

They are both cast iron presses with the same large diameter ram. With all that said, I can;t find a fault with the Classic Cast, except that each stage I have to switch out the dies - a whole several seconds of my time, I suppose.
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I've never owned a Lee, but I would deffinetly get the cast turrent press.
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Old 11-12-2012, 09:13 PM
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LCT..I bought one last year. My only complaint is I wish I'd done it sooner.
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Old 11-13-2012, 01:10 AM
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Is the Classic Turret a cast iron press? If so I might go that way just for convience and speed in the future. Also if you choose a turret I'd go with the four holer. No matter what I'd choose a cast iron press over any alloy one.
+1 here, I've been looking at these also and trying to get set up to start loading for the first time as well. With the two Classic's you have to switch out the dies, with the 4 hole turret you don't. You can buy additional turret plates for other calibers and leave them set so you don't have to adjust, just switch out. Also there's the 4 hole turret press and the classic turret press. The difference is the classic is for both rifle and handgun and will load a cartridge out to 3.313 inches in length, the 4 hole turret press will only load to a length of 2.313 inches and is really for handgun only. The Classic Turret Press has 4 holes also.
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If you do anything approaching "volume" reloading of pistol cartridges, or expect that you might in the future, the Lee Classic Turret is the press you want. For reloading 50 rounds of precision 243 ammo, it wouldn't be much better or different than a single-stage. However, if you want to reload 500 rounds of 9mm, 45, or even 223, the indexing option of the classic turret means you only touch the case one time during the operation. The increase in speed is significant.
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Old 11-13-2012, 07:26 AM
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If you do anything approaching "volume" reloading of pistol cartridges, or expect that you might in the future, the Lee Classic Turret is the press you want. For reloading 50 rounds of precision 243 ammo, it wouldn't be much better or different than a single-stage. However, if you want to reload 500 rounds of 9mm, 45, or even 223, the indexing option of the classic turret means you only touch the case one time during the operation. The increase in speed is significant.
+1 for what Mr. Broom says. Your reloading "volume" is the key issue to focues on.
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Old 11-13-2012, 07:56 AM
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I don't have a Lee press. I do have a Redding Turret press and it is a tank. If price is not an issue I would not pass up the Redding until you take a look at one. I cannot say enough about mine.
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I don't have a Lee press. I do have a Redding Turret press and it is a tank. If price is not an issue I would not pass up the Redding until you take a look at one. I cannot say enough about mine.
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When it comes to reloading I try to keep it simple unless I start loading handguns in volume again.I use a Redding Boss,but If I was going to buy a Turret it would be the Redding.I have used the C&H 4 position that is very nice for most reloading except for small rounds, it lacks camming power,the old Herters twin ram has a lot of power but a bit slow.The Hollywood Turret is great but you almost have to take out a loan to buy one.
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Get one of each. I have both on my bench and can't say enough good things about them. Factory Sales has them for about $95 each.

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Thanks for the feedback. Ordering the Classic Turret after hunting tonight.
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Old 11-15-2012, 02:58 PM
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I just got out of my deer stand, sorry I missed the post.

I have a Lee and a RCBS Rockchucker. No comparison, the Lee is just a toy. save a little longer and get an RCBS or the Redding.

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Old 11-15-2012, 08:25 PM
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The Lee is built as strong or stronger than those mentioned Harry. I would think if one were a toy, then so would go the others. The difference is that Lee isn't charging so much extra for a "lifetime" insurance policy that isn;t needed. I think there may be some confusion surrounding the presses being spoken of and the difference between value and, well....just spending money because high prices sometimes give the impression we're getting a superior product. There may also be some confusion here concerning precisely which Lee press is offered for comparison.

I will say this again: No reloading press is a marvel of science or technology (nor are dies, scales, dispensers, trimmers, etc.). Consider carefully precisely what it is you're paying for when buying reloading equipment. In this way, we can do our best to avoid paying more and getting less.
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Old 11-20-2012, 11:04 AM
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Don't overthink the process! Any Lee press will produce good, safe, accurate ammo. I have had 3 Lee presses, all aluminum (along with Redding, C-H and Pacific) and I have never heard of anyone breaking one or wearing one out. Just buy a press and get reloading...
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Old 11-20-2012, 11:25 AM
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"Lee is just a toy"
Here is someone whose opinion should be ignored. At worst, Lee Precision makes good single stage and turret presses. RCBS makes quality products and produces and sells products made in China. Let's keep it real.
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Old 11-21-2012, 03:22 PM
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My toy Lee challenger has been loading quality rifle rounds for about 15 years and I've yet to have a mechanical issue, unless you count that I had to glue the wooden knob back on the handle after it worked loose. I never loaded larger cartridges than the 30-06, but it worked fine. I load 35 to 50 rounds of rifle in a single evening, taking my time checking all adjustments when I switch dies. If I was loading more than two calibers or more than 100 rounds in a batch I'd get the turret.
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I do love my "toys"!

C'mon, really? The Lee CLASSIC series of presses are cast iron, just like RCBS. Know where your foot has been before you put it in your mouth.
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