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Old 08-01-2010, 02:34 PM
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T-7 Turret reloading press

Any one have experience with this press. I am starting to re-load my ammo, it's just getting to expensive and with a 338 AX in it's infancy i best get some experience with the weapons I already own. I'm leaning towards this unit because of the turret and it's ability to hold multiple dies, my only concern, does the turret have any play in it when resizing my brass or seating bullets, especially for my 300 WM and the soon to be born 338. I will be reloading the following and i'm aware of the fact i will need multiple turrets: Rifles are 338 AX, AR15, 300 WM, and 7MM STW. Handguns are 45 ACP, 10 MM, 9 MM, 38 SP, and S&W 500. S&W 500 is in my cross-hairs, don't own it yet.
Any help is mucho appreciated, heck if there's a better turret spit it out, let me know!
here's a link: http://www.redding-reloading.com/ind...eloading-press
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Old 08-01-2010, 02:47 PM
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Re: T-7 Turret reloading press

It's certain the T-7 is the "best" of the common type turrets but it's still a turret; IF it didn't have some vertical "slop" in the center pivot bolt you couldn't turn it! If it's tight enough to eliminate most of the slop it will be difficult to turn and still get it to index precisely at each die station.

Don't know why you are interested in a conventional turret but, in my experience, such turrets have no valid up-side, especially so if you load for more than two or three calibers, but they do have several down-sides.
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Old 08-01-2010, 03:02 PM
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Re: T-7 Turret reloading press

Thanks Boomtube, I think I will stick with the original plan of getting a single stage press. Plus they're cheaper and apparently more reliable too!
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Old 08-01-2010, 04:58 PM
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Re: T-7 Turret reloading press

The Lee Classic Turret is a different design. I have two Redding Ultramags and a Lee Classic Cast single stage in addition to the Lee Turret. I load for 45-70, 7mm Rem Mag, 25-06, 223 Rem, 221 Fireball, and 40 S&W. Ammo made on the Lee Classic Turret is every bit as accurate as that made on the single stage presses.
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Old 08-01-2010, 07:58 PM
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Re: T-7 Turret reloading press

Fudd, never let yourself be talked out of something by someone who doesn't own or use one. I have had the T-7 for about 9 months now and absolutly love it. If there is any slop in mine, I cant see or feel it and my ammo is just as accurate as it was on a single stage Rock Chucker.
The time savings alone have given this press an A+ in my book, and like I said it's rock solid. I bought the priming system as well. That does take a little getting used to as the feel is totaly different.

<a href="" target="_blank"><img src="http://i570.photobucket.com/albums/s...om500SW026.jpg" border="0" alt="New T-7"></a>
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Old 08-02-2010, 06:25 PM
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Re: T-7 Turret reloading press

Thanks guys, after much thought and deliberation I decided to go with the T-7. If for some reason the turret design does not work for my rifles I will have no issues with using it on my pistols. At that point I'll just get a single stage press or the Lee turret.

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Old 08-02-2010, 06:53 PM
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Re: T-7 Turret reloading press

Been using the T-7 for over two years now. It is an awesome press and produces the truest ammo I have ever loaded, when used with the Redding Bushing dies. I have my total indicated runout down to .0005" average.

There are some special ways to set dies up for the T-7. The directions that come with dies (even redding dies) do not always apply when using the T-7 press. I learned a lot in a conversation with Robin from Redding. Great Guy!! Once you get to doing this you will be in love. I set all my dies up to contact the shell holder with a light camover. This actually slightly lifts the turret head so it can come to rest on the machined stop oposite the ram. Doing this brings the turret into perfct squareness to the ram. This also allows perfect repeatability for changing dies and getting back to the same point.

By usng the cam over method the press is less sensitive to how you lower the ram handle in respect to seating depth of a bullet too. It will amaze you how they all will be the same length.

Using this method to full length size requires a set of stepped shellholders to adjust the amount of shoulder bump-back. But, once you find the correct amount of step in the shellholder, you will be able to remove and replace the die and get it rightback to the exact same amount of sizing. This is repeatable because you are bottoming the die against the shellholder and their is no room for air in adjustment up or down. As long as you are camming over and using the same stepped SH you will be spot on each time.

Aother tip is to leave the die lock ring loose until you are cammed over and have pressure on the die and turret. Now that all is square to each other, lock down the ring.

Good luck with that new press and if anyone has one they don't like, I would like to have a second one.

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