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Lee Turret Press

Postby Sparky45 » Sat Aug 06, 2011 7:11 pm

If you were to buy a Lee Turret Press, would it be the 3 or 4 hole press and why?

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Postby myloadm61 » Sat Aug 06, 2011 8:06 pm

Four hole turret. Probably to allow use of the factory crimp die. #1 size,#2 powder charge, #3 bullet seat, #4 fcd

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Postby daboone » Sat Aug 06, 2011 8:11 pm

What are you planning on reloading, rifle, handgun or both? 3 hole is fine for rifle while straight walled cases can use 4 holes.

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Postby WyrTwister » Sat Aug 06, 2011 9:04 pm

With out a doubt , the Lee 4 hole cast iron turret press !

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Postby Sparky45 » Sun Aug 07, 2011 12:18 am

I plan to use the turret as a developement tool; that is to say I can work up one off(s) loads for both pistol and rifle.

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Postby myloadm61 » Sun Aug 07, 2011 1:02 am

As you mentioned 3 or 4 hole turret, I'm assuming you're not looking at the classic turret and in view of that, I don't see why you wouldn't go ahead and buy the 4 hole turret as it's only about $10.00 more than the three hole. And the upgrade kit from 3 to 4 hole costs $20.00.

But I guess if you're only using it for load workup the 3 would do the trick.
A single stage works fine for me for load work-up, however since buying a classic turret I've found it pretty nice for that too.
I think it's all the way up to you. :?

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Postby Hawkmoon » Sat Aug 27, 2011 11:17 pm

The 4-hole offers the option of auto-indexing. I have never used a 3-hole Turret Press, but my understanding is that it does not offer auto-indexing. That makes the 4-hole a lot more versatile, and it's easy enough when you only need three stations to just skip the fourth hole.

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Postby daboone » Sat Aug 27, 2011 11:33 pm

Both the non "classic turrets" (3 and 4 hole) presses will index.

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Postby motopic » Sun Aug 28, 2011 8:11 pm

Also the non-classic turret has a smaller diameter ram, and thus you can use the RCBS swaging tool without modification.

Downside is it has less clearance, and .308 rnds cannot autoindex.

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Postby Hawkmoon » Tue Sep 13, 2011 11:51 pm

I bought the 4-turret version, for two reasons.

First, I wanted to use all four dies in the 4-die sets, because I'm loading handgun (semi-auto) ammo.

Second, the 4-hole version has auto-indexing -- the turret advances from each die to the next automatically so you have the choice of performing all operations on one round sequentially, OR disabling (or ignoring) the auto-index and working in batches for each operation.

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Postby zuke » Wed Sep 14, 2011 10:56 am

Roughly why I bought the 3 hole version 25 year's ago.
I set the dies then, and their still set.

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Postby uniquedot » Thu Sep 15, 2011 9:44 am

If one were to buy the four hole classic cast only to find the fourth hole a nuisance to his needs, he could change the turret ring and have a classic cast three holer.

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Postby prs » Thu Sep 15, 2011 9:56 pm

Unique, are ya sure. Will the index rod interchange and such? I find the three hole process to be a bit quicker then the 4 holer.

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Postby WyrTwister » Thu Sep 15, 2011 11:11 pm

uniquedot wrote:If one were to buy the four hole classic cast only to find the fourth hole a nuisance to his needs, he could change the turret ring and have a classic cast three holer.



I have the 4 hole cast iron turret press . Some calibers I use the 4th hole , some not .

I never considered it to be a nuisance .

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Postby daboone » Thu Sep 15, 2011 11:19 pm

If you have used the 3 hole turret it easy to get used to it's rhythm without the extra cycle, and make it a bit faster.

I can't remember but I very positive you can't mix the indexers between the 2 turrets. Of course ya gotta go to the parts bin to dig out the old turret ring for the 3 hole turret.


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