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This is a discussion on Lee Presses Update within the MP Reloading forums, part of the Smith & Wesson MP Forum category; I have used the lee classic cast turret press for about 10 years and loaded 9mm, 40, 10mm, 38/357 mag, 45LC, 44mag and 308. I ...

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Old July 21st, 2015, 03:39 PM   #31
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I have used the lee classic cast turret press for about 10 years and loaded 9mm, 40, 10mm, 38/357 mag, 45LC, 44mag and 308. I have never had a problem with it. By far lee's best press. I can swap from pistol to rifle in about 3minutes and the power drop is very consistent. I usually load 2-300 rounds a hour taking my time and monitoring the process very closely.
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Old August 9th, 2015, 03:13 PM   #32
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Still like Dillon 650

After priming issues described at the beginning of this thread with two Lee presses (Pro 1K for 9mm & Loadmaster for .223) I sold both and went Dillon 650. Never looked back! Don't have clearance for case collator or any other autofeed extras and still ran 300 9mm in less than an hour. After reading all the entries on the Lee turrets, I'm happy to hear they work. The progressive Lee presses didn't perform well for me. I liked Lee's small footprint and the startup cost of course, but have no regrets going with Dillon.
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Old August 9th, 2015, 04:59 PM   #33
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Originally Posted by weaselfire View Post
If you're running 1,000 or more rounds of a single handgun cartridge through the press each week, a Dillon makes sense. If you're running a few hundred of a a half-dozen calibers a month, it really doesn't. And there are any number of options in between, for all needs and all budgets.
For a few rounds each month of several different calibers a progressive press isn't needed or justified at all. Change overs are too slow and two expensive.

A turret press that holds 6 or 7 installed dies like the RCBS, Redding, Lyman, etc. can have two or three die sets in each turret and will load two or more calibers if used like a single stage press but it doesn't require die adjustments between changes.
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Old August 13th, 2015, 09:27 PM   #34
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Lee turret press works ok for me

I reload .380, 9mm, .40, and .223. The lee turret press works great for me. I did use the priming system for about 5 minutes then stored it on the shelf. It just did not seem to work satisfactorily.

I reload about 200 rounds of each caliber a week.

In my process I deprime using a lee hand press and decapper, then liquid clean in a tumbler with stainless steel pins. The brass is "like new" clean and brings no dirt or grit into my dies.

I have a seperate turret plate for each caliber, so my production is fast and flexible. When I wear out my lee press, or I need 1000's of rounds a week, I'll invest in a Dillon.
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Old August 14th, 2015, 03:31 PM   #35
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Lee for single stage or TURRET, have heard a lot of "cursing" about Lee Progressive. I own both, a single stage AND turret by Lee and *LOVE* them... Also I have no plans of upgrading to a progressive. Thats just me...

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Old September 9th, 2015, 08:32 PM   #36
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Really don't understand the problems people are talking about. I have the Lee Loadmaster and run 300 to 600 of 9mm at a time. No fuss, it just works. Yes, you need to clean and lube it, and make adjustments when necessary. But it's really no big deal, Just use it.

Now granted, mine isn't really broken in yet. Only have about 10k rounds through it so may see some problems later on.
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Old September 10th, 2015, 05:28 AM   #37
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I own both a Pro 1000 and a LoadMaster. The only way to understand what you're missing by using a Lee instead of a Dillon is by using a Dillon a couple of times. I too was the "don't understand the problems" person until I realized that with dillon you don't have to do the "adjustments", "tweaks", or anything else. I now use my 650 and the Lee's are now decorations on my table.
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Old September 10th, 2015, 07:22 AM   #38
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Go with the 650, a lot more faster and easier!
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Old September 10th, 2015, 03:21 PM   #39
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Got to agree, don't go cheap. Buy a Dillon right off the bat. Love my Dillon 550B
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