reloading press Lee Classic cast 338am

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by new shooter, Nov 6, 2007.

  1. new shooter

    new shooter Well-Known Member

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    Will the Lee Classic cast press work for the big 338am? If it does what shell holder do I need? Do i need the big 50 BMG Kit? Thanks joe.
     
  2. AJ Peacock

    AJ Peacock Well-Known Member

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    I don't think its big enough as it only has a 4" Ramstroke, 408 CT brass is 4.5" long and a 338 - 300gr Sierra Match King is 1.7" long.

    Not only will you need a press with a large loading window, you will need a bushing for 1" die, as the sizing die for the 338AM is a 1" die (the seating die is a 7/8" die though).

    I use the RCBS Ammomaster 2 (6.75" stroke) and it works fine. BJ Bailey can sell you the bushing, once you decide on the press.

    Get the .505 Gibbs shellholder
    MidwayUSA - RCBS Shellholder 505 Gibbs


    HTH,

    AJ
     
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  3. devildoc

    devildoc Well-Known Member

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    Actually I'm fairly certain that the Classic Cast is capable of reloading 50BMG. Which would make it plenty big enough for the .338AM
     
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    devildoc Well-Known Member

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  5. AJ Peacock

    AJ Peacock Well-Known Member

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    I looked at Midway and sure enough they sell that press in a .50BMG kit, so I guess it will work. I figured you'd need more than a 4" stroke to easily feed the bullets into the seating die. I tried seating a 338AM on my Rockchucker that has a 4" loading window and it was painful.

    Live and learn.

    AJ
     
  6. devildoc

    devildoc Well-Known Member

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    Just looked and the lee has a 4.25" loading window, not much bigger, but probably enough to make loading a .338AM less than painfull.
     
  7. AJ Peacock

    AJ Peacock Well-Known Member

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    Actually, you remove the shellholder insert and use a custom 50BMG shell holder just for that press. This is how they get the length for seating for the 50bmg

    Here is a link with the instructions for change over to 50, it has some good pictures. http://www.leeprecision.com/cgi-data/instruct/90998.pdf

    AJ