Best single stage Lee press?

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Trinidad Bill
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Best single stage Lee press?

Postby Trinidad Bill » Thu Aug 05, 2010 10:22 am

I have the Lee 4 hole turret, the Lee LoadMaster, two Lee hand presses but I believe it would be nice to have a single stage press on hand for specific operations.

What is the best Lee single stage press?

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Postby GMAN » Thu Aug 05, 2010 1:45 pm

I love my Breech Loc Challenger press, works great.

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Postby daboone » Thu Aug 05, 2010 11:42 pm

The little C frame Lee Reloader Press will handle sizing, decapping, belling, bullet pulling and it's the cheapest one they have, I like mine from 32 ACP to 7.55 Swiss, 30/06,45/70, 7.65x54R and in between. It always has a job waiting for it on my bench.

Personally I like C frames because they a open and easy to work with. If I found an old Herters or Lymans C-frame for less than the Lee I get it instead just because it's going to be stiffer/stouter and I just like stuff that more my age. :wink:

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Postby helg » Fri Aug 06, 2010 8:23 pm

I have Lee C press in addition to the Loadmaster for same purposes as daboone has plus cast bullet sizing. The C press is small, extremely inexpensive, but is still appropriate for all mentioned tasks.

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Postby daboone » Fri Aug 06, 2010 8:43 pm

Why not dedicate one of your hand presses to your bench? They are very convenient at the range for working up loads. I take 20 round boxes of cases already sized and primed and use it to seat bullets with dippers for powder measure.

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Postby zuke » Fri Aug 06, 2010 9:57 pm

I'm 3/4 the way full length re-sizing a 5 gallon pail full of 9mm range pick-up brass.
I oiled all the linkage's with synthetic oil set up the sizing die,turned on the radio and let it happen.
I can do a 1 gallon pail full in 80 min.
I've had this little LEE reloader press for a good 25 year's an it's never failed me.
Seem's that might be what your looking for.

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Postby Trinidad Bill » Sat Aug 07, 2010 8:54 am

Zuke... what kind of press are you using? You did not say.

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Postby Ranch Dog » Sat Aug 07, 2010 9:48 am

I use the little "C" Reloader Press quite a bit. For the price, it is an excellent press which I dedicate to specific tasks. I use them for bullet and case sizing.

zuke

Postby zuke » Sat Aug 07, 2010 10:57 am

This is the press.
And the palm of my left hand is quite tender this morning.

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The only problem I had was the base filling up so quick.
I took a 1 inch wood bit and drilled a hole thru my bench and fitted a 1" piece of clear tube into the hole which dumped the primer's into a 1 gallon tin can.

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Re: Best single stage Lee press?

Postby at_liberty » Sat Aug 07, 2010 1:12 pm

Trinidad Bill wrote:I have the Lee 4 hole turret, the Lee LoadMaster, two Lee hand presses but I believe it would be nice to have a single stage press on hand for specific operations.

What is the best Lee single stage press?


It seems clear that the press that is literally the best Lee SS is the Classic Cast. It is not only stouter but includes more features to include depriming enhancements, a removable 1 1/2 to 1 1/4 die insert to use all brands of dies and bushings, as well as large and small primer arms. Getting it to match the convenience of the less expensive Breech lock Challenger would require addition of the breech lock adapters. It is also compatible with the Hornady LnL bushings due to the 1 1/2 opening.

I too use the little Lee Reloader, C style press for special tasks that don't require a lot of force. My original Challenger is still doing its part too.

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Postby Jumping Frog » Sat Aug 07, 2010 9:54 pm

The best deal out there is Lee's Anniversary Pack Part # 90700. Lee's list price is $44.00. However, Wideners sells it for $20.70.

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Wideners.com sells the Richard Lee's Modern Reloading Second Edition Part # 90277 for $13.99. However, they sell the Lee Anniversary Pack for only $20.70, meaning you get the Lee Reloader "C"-style press for only $6.71!!!

What is not to like about a press for that kind of money?

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Postby Ranch Dog » Sun Aug 08, 2010 1:40 am

Wideners also has the best prices on Load Masters I've found ($208)!


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