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LEE CLASSIC CAST PRESS need to help a friend!!!

 
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Old 02-18-2010, 01:09 AM
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LEE CLASSIC CAST PRESS need to help a friend!!!

A frined e-mailed me about it and I would like to hear your opinions.

This is in reference to the LEE CLASSIC CAST PRESS

I've never had this reloading press so I know nothing about it.

Thanks in advance.

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I like the reports I have read but it has a single bushing the die screws into and every time you want to change dies you have to take the die out or unscrew the bushing and have another one set up with the other dies. My idea would be to have extra bushings and torque them to a specific torque and mark the bushing. Then set your dies and when you put the bushing in set it to the mark. Hopefully it should be able to go back to where you set each die with the same results. What do you think?
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Re: LEE CLASSIC CAST PRESS need to help a friend!!!

The bushing isn't intended to be exchanged with each die swap, it's only to reduce the over-sized hole so standard dies can fit. There is no advantage at all between exchanging dies with or without a threaded bushing. The bushings are common; Lee, RCBS & Hornady have them. Maybe Redding too?

Dies must be exchanged in any single stage press. It can be done by simply unscrewing and installing the next OR using a Lee/Hornady "quick twist" type bushing for each die, they only require a partial turn to remove and swap dies. The quick twist takes maybe 5-6 seconds to do a swap, screwing them requires maybe 30 seconds to swap.

There is no reason to "torque" any die in place, hand/finger tight is all that's needed.

The Lee Classic Cast is an excellant press.
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Old 02-18-2010, 10:08 AM
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Re: LEE CLASSIC CAST PRESS need to help a friend!!!

I've been communicating with several bench rest bullet makers. Several use the Lee press for bullet swagging as they have found that it is more concentric/centered, ram to die, than RCBS, Redding, etc.

Those that use other than the Lee do some machining for alignment.

Seems strange using a set of $2700.00 dies in a nickle & dime press.

Interesting, huh?

Just thought I'd chime in.
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Old 02-18-2010, 10:57 AM
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Re: LEE CLASSIC CAST PRESS need to help a friend!!!

Thank you gentlemen!

I believe that's the info my friend was looking for.

I thank you both!

Till next time!
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Old 02-18-2010, 11:52 AM
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Re: LEE CLASSIC CAST PRESS need to help a friend!!!

Lee stuff is actually pretty good and very affordable. A beginner would do well to start out with Lee equipment. I've been loading ammo for twenty years and I have plenty of Lee equipment sitting around. Overall though, I pick and choose, as Lee has somethings that aren't exactly the quality that I would want for the job at hand. The Lee Classic Press is however a very good one and still very affordable.

Good luck to your friend. Tell him about LRH


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Re: LEE CLASSIC CAST PRESS need to help a friend!!!

Interesting that you would follow this:

"I've been communicating with several bench rest bullet makers. Several use the Lee press for bullet swagging as they have found that it is more concentric/centered, ram to die, than RCBS, Redding, etc."

with this:

"Seems strange using a set of $2700.00 dies in a nickle & dime press."


Maybe Lee's Classic Cast would gain stature if its price was as high as the much more expensive but inferior presses? I mean, if "you get what you pay for" has any validity...which it often does not.
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Old 02-18-2010, 04:24 PM
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Re: LEE CLASSIC CAST PRESS need to help a friend!!!

For bullet making I assume that the center of the die must be at the center of the ram.

The statement was that the Lee was way better at this than the others. And I guess out of the box.
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