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Old 03-06-2012, 04:11 PM
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I'm getting ready to order a turret press and I was wondering if anyone has any experience with the Lyman II turret press? I did a search and did not find much on the comparison of turret presses; but perhaps my search parameters were not good, so I'm taking the easy route... please bear with me

I know the RCBS is about $50 more and probably a good press, but I'm also looking at the cost of extra die turrets, and Lyman is cheaper. I see that they re-engineered their press, thus the II designation, but I'm wondering if they fixed the problem that caused the re-engineering?

Any help will be appreciated..

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Old 03-06-2012, 05:33 PM
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I've had he origional version for probably more then 20 years and still love it. And I am told by guys with the new one that its even better.
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Old 03-07-2012, 05:28 AM
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Thanks Jimbo

I have not read anything negative about the press, so your comment kinda solidifies my decision. I'm looking forward to loading without constantly adjusting dies
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Old 03-10-2012, 05:35 AM
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You should consider the Lee Classic Turret. It is a heck of a press and inexpensive to add turrets.
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Old 03-11-2012, 08:46 PM
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Like flashhole, I believe you should seriously consider the Lee Classic Turret. I have had a couple of other brands of turret in the past and, after using the Lee, would never consider any other style of turret. They are a far less cumbersome while far more versatile. Replacement turrets are a pittance compared to others.
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Old 03-12-2012, 08:58 AM
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I'm curious about something I recently read in the reviews of various turret presses. It was said that the turret actually has several thousands of an inch loose play and moves up and down some when pressure is applied. Is this true with all turret presses? I am wondering how it would affect accurate bullet seating if the turret moves under pressure. I believe in the review the guy said he actually seated his bullets in his single stage because of the accuracy element.
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Old 03-12-2012, 02:21 PM
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Depends on how you look at it. People who are enamoured with the Forster Co-Ax claim the "play" resulting from slop in the die ring retainer mechanism allows the case to be self-aligning with the die. If yes, same is true with the turret on the Lee press. It works really well for self alignment.
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Old 03-12-2012, 03:38 PM
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Ahhh... thanks flashhole!! What you're saying makes sense. Here's where I'm at on this... first I have my mind made up, then I change it LOL! I am planning this purchase based on my state tax refund. It's not enough to afford a Dillon, but enough to get the next best thing (if price is an indicator) with an extra turret. I really don't want to be negative towards Lee, but the single stage press I recently purchased (that has the bushing deal), is loose and has play... even with taking the play out of the threads of the die with a washer. Dad's old Lee press is as solid as a rock and I love it, but the newer one not so much! I have a lot of Lee stuff and it works great, but the new single press they sell has made me wary. That's why I started exploring my options, and started reading reviews.

I may end up with the Lee press after all, because I know most of thier products are good, but I am definitely seeking the wisdom here before making the purchase. Thanks again, your help is definitaly appreciated!
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Old 03-12-2012, 03:58 PM
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If it helps you ... I have two Redding Ultramags, one Lee Classic Cast (single stage, no bushings) and two Lee Classic Turrets. I have had several other presses grace my bench over the years but these are the ones I kept.
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Old 03-12-2012, 04:52 PM
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Ahhh... thanks flashhole!! What you're saying makes sense. Here's where I'm at on this... first I have my mind made up, then I change it LOL! I am planning this purchase based on my state tax refund. It's not enough to afford a Dillon, but enough to get the next best thing (if price is an indicator) with an extra turret. I really don't want to be negative towards Lee, but the single stage press I recently purchased (that has the bushing deal), is loose and has play... even with taking the play out of the threads of the die with a washer. Dad's old Lee press is as solid as a rock and I love it, but the newer one not so much! I have a lot of Lee stuff and it works great, but the new single press they sell has made me wary. That's why I started exploring my options, and started reading reviews.

I may end up with the Lee press after all, because I know most of thier products are good, but I am definitely seeking the wisdom here before making the purchase. Thanks again, your help is definitaly appreciated!
Ranger, the key to the Lee presses, I believe, is the "key word" Classic. These presses are top-of-line presses, and much more robust than the Breech Lock Challenger press you have. I have a Challenger too, and it does have a little play in it, but works just fine. There is a world of difference in the Classic series.

For example, your Challenger is aluminum and weighs 6.05 pounds. The Classic Cast single stage is cast iron and weighs 13.5 pounds. Much larger and more sturdy. Mine has no slop to it at all. I presume the difference between the old Lee turret and the Classic turrets are near the same.
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Old 03-12-2012, 04:59 PM
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You're right Stretch... I realize that now, and wish I had when I ordered it a little over a year ago! Anyhow, it's not a bad press, I just got spoiled with the rock solid feel of dad's press. BTW, while I was waiting on comments here, I bit the bullet (please excuse the pun) and ordered the Redding with an extra turret. It was mainly based on broad reviews from several sites. I'll let you guys know how it performs, if you're interested in a newbies opinion, LOL! Thanks again!
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You have taken the most important step on your adventure ... the first one. Good luck and welcome to the addiction.
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Old 03-26-2012, 04:31 PM
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If you are going to buy a press make the T7 by Redding your choice. It is the best by far and you will not be sorry a couple of years down the road. I tried a couple of the other ones and I guarantee the T7 is the best.
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Old 03-28-2012, 05:20 AM
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Thanks for all the replies! I just wanted to update you guys on my selection... I just received my Redding T7 from the brown truck yesterday! That thing is a beast!!! I had mentioned earlier that in some reviews there were complaints about up and down movements in the turrets under pressure. I loaded some 30-06 cartridges last night, and if there was any movement my old eyes could'nt see it... solid as a rock! I suppose the bigger calibers may be a different story, but from what I have seen it would take a LOT of pressure to notice any movement. Since I only load a few boxes a week, this press should last me a lifetime. I think I'll give my Lee press to my daughter who has recently shown an interest in reloading
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A good solution all-around.
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I've been using a Lymann turret press for nearly 27yrs, and my father used it before that. It's the Sparten model and it works very well. There have probably been more than 100,000 rounds run thru that press.

Why anyone would think of changing a turret is beyond me. There are 6 holes in the lyman press and that is enough for 3 rifles or 2 pistols.
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I've been using a Lymann turret press for nearly 27yrs, and my father used it before that. It's the Sparten model and it works very well. There have probably been more than 100,000 rounds run thru that press.

Why anyone would think of changing a turret is beyond me. There are 6 holes in the lyman press and that is enough for 3 rifles or 2 pistols.
I see your point if you only have a few rifles to load for. My dad and I reload for 223, 223 WSSM, two 22-250's, three 243's, 257 Weatherby, 270, and three 30-06's (all seem to like different bullet seating depths). That's why I finally decided to buy a turret press... changing and adjusting dies for those guns got to be a hassle! I will probably combine two rifles per turret, but I haven'm made up my mind how I want to arrange them yet.
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Old 03-29-2012, 10:42 AM
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I see your point if you only have a few rifles to load for. My dad and I reload for 223, 223 WSSM, two 22-250's, three 243's, 257 Weatherby, 270, and three 30-06's (all seem to like different bullet seating depths). That's why I finally decided to buy a turret press... changing and adjusting dies for those guns got to be a hassle! I will probably combine two rifles per turret, but I haven'm made up my mind how I want to arrange them yet.


I reload for nearly 60 calibers. Rifle and handgun it doesn't matter. Once the lock ring on the die is set, all you do is screw the die out and put in back in the box. Take the dies out, screw them into the turret, run the ram up to check the clearance, and start sizing the cases.

Who the heck wants 10-20 turrets laying around with dies sitting in them? The factory die boxes stack neatly and keep the dies neat and clean.
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Old 03-29-2012, 12:59 PM
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I must admit, that's pretty impressive! I may find that your way of doing things works best for me too... it certainly would be cheaper than buying turrets for all my guns! BTW, with everything you're loading for I can understand not buying those turrets, you would be broke in a hurry Thanks for the input!
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Old 06-24-2012, 12:25 PM
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yes they added a quick removal for the turrett so it can be changed very quickly...and has a better system for bsupporting the turrett in the rear.
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