although i have two or three lyman powder scales, i use hornady lock-n-load auto charge. she is accurate as a lyman powder scale. the hornady is about 10-11 yo. i'll buy another if it breaks.All good stuff. This is like taking a step back in time. Some great memories here. Thanks for sharing.
2004, thats like the stone age, man!!!!! 😂 😂Maybe I should have looked before posting, but I just found this similar thread from 2004. Interesting that so far only 1 that contributed to this thread did so on that one. Many in the other one also enjoyed digging up those old memories of early stages of reloading.
seen one but from everything I've heard or read, they are great tools. I almost got one of the Lee hand presses a while back, but decided that I really didn't need one. I often like to use the smaller easier to store tools, but I am sure that I would not want any of those for my full time use.
I have a 310 tool and dies for the 45-70. I used to drop them into my shooting box along with ten cases and bullets, powder, Lee dipper and primers and head to the range. It made for a relaxing afternoon of shooting.Didn't even know about the 310 until about 5 years ago. I have bid on the tool or dies many times on E-bay, but they usually go for a lot more than I am willing to pay. Other than in pictures, I have never seen one but from everything I've heard or read, they are great tools. I almost got one of the Lee hand presses a while back, but decided that I really didn't need one. I often like to use the smaller easier to store tools, but I am sure that I would not want any of those for my full time use.
Know what you mean. I usually cheat when using those. I use my bench vise to press the cartridges into the die. Only have to whack to extract. (That is not as loud) Usually like to weigh my powder charges on a scale too. Still if you really think about it, they are amazing tools......................................the Classic "Whack-A-Mole" and the reason was noise and reloading inside the house ... all that banging usually disturbed something or someone ..baby , kids, wife
I was thinking of the single loaders. The C press is something new that I've never heard of. I will have to look around to see what these are.Are you talking about the Lee hand loader one shell at a time or the Lee C loading press? I started with the one and still use the other.
I have often noticed this "rocking" when using my turret press, but I don't really think that it is throwing off my loads as I only use it in single stage, but I have often wondered if this could cause some problems. I now also have an old time orange crusher and use it for many things.The "original" Lee Loader was everything you needed in a very small box.
I never did use a hammer or mallet with mine as I had an arbor press to use instead. I told my friends and brother to use a bottle capping press to prevent the occasional primer fire as they seated the primer with a hammer.
I was used to buying quality tools so after looking at the alternatives I bought an RCBS Rock Chucker when the time came. My brother liked the idea of the "progressive" press and bought a Lee turret press. He had problems with 6mm TCU cases not chambering so we got together and I watched while he sized some cases. The rotor that just dropped in and turned into position was rocking when he sized his brass. I put a dial indicator on the press and measured the rocking at the working station and opposite that station. There was .082 lift at the die station and .039 lift at the rear of the rotor. That left a misalignment of .043" when sizing. We set his die up for my press and the problem disappeared. He ended up retiring his Lee press and bought a cast iron "O" type press to do his reloading. I don't remember the brand only that it wasn't a Lee press. No more problems.
Presses used in the heavy equipment and automotive repair industries are "O" type presses. The fully supported frame keeps tooling and parts in alignment. RCBS is not the most expensive press on the market and they do have less expensive choices but I have been satisfied with the precision of my Rock Chucker for the last 48?? years. I have loaded and all of my ammo on it and for three years I was loading 10000 rounds a year just for competition with my 357. Add to that two rifles and another pistol that I fired to build skill and had fun plinking with and you can get an idea of how many rounds I have run through the press. I never felt the need for a faster way to load.