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Setup Advice for the Lee Classic Turret.

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by Colorado4Wheel, Oct 17, 2011.


  1. Colorado4Wheel

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    You guys know me and my obsession with tinkering with things and measuring stuff. So I have been using my LCT for a little while and I was reminded of up with a couple things that while they sound minor actually make a pretty nice difference.

    First thing. I have said this before but always pull the handle 4 times for every time drop a charge. Pull it the same way. Then it will be the most consistent. Remember the powder measure is rotating so it needs to rotate the same amount every time you weight and drop a charge.

    Second thing, I like Lee Dies (well most of them:whistling:). You guys know I am weird like that. So once again, because of the rotating turret I actually think it's important to use the Lee Lock Rings as Lee intended. The idea behind the lock ring with the o-ring under it is to let the die float and find their own center. I was having some "scrapping" with my crimp die. As soon as I loosened the lock ring the scrapping went away. I actually put a extra o-ring under the seating die. The threads of the die still hold it's upward travel to the same spot so your OAL will still be consistent. You can buy 7/8 o rings at the store and do a similar thing with a regular lock ring. Lee's have a retaining shelf built in them that seems to help hold it in place.

    Third thing. And this is pretty common knowledge but I mention it just in case. If your safety prime is not getting primers in the cup put a extra washer under it to raise it up a little and see if that helps. It helped a lot on mine.

    If you ever are one of the 1% that have a issue with the priming arm not moving back in the ram quick enough you can tap it and make it move quicker with a little bolt.

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    That is what I did to my first one. I only know a couple people who had this issue. But I post this just in case. My new press had no such problem.

    Finally, Lee's primer flipper (on the LCT) is the best in the business, especially with LP primers. I wish it was 50% bigger and available as a regular flipper. This is the second one I have owned and both were excellent. The one on my Load Master was not as good. Different design.
     

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  2. shotgunred

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    Did you upgrade from your 650 already?
     

  3. Colorado4Wheel

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    650 going strong. Running smooth. Life is good.
     
  4. meleors

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  5. Spiffums

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    I use the Lee Handi prime. I never could get used to using the downstroke primer.
     
  6. Colorado4Wheel

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    Downstroke priming is second nature if you load on a Hornady, RCBS or a Dillon.
     
  7. creophus

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    That's good advice C4W. Thanks for posting that. I don't use the lock ring like that so I may try it.
     
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    My small pistol primer works perfectly but the large one often does not put the primer into the cup.

    My biggest complaint with the LCT is the auto-index feature. That stupid square plastic piece on the indexing shaft wears way too quickly and is a pain to change.
     
  9. Colorado4Wheel

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    I have never wore out a index ring. Are you using the Pro Auto Disc Powder Measure or some other measure? Are you moving the handle to the right spot so you can spin the turret with no binding before removing it?
     
  10. newgene

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    Same here. My SPP works flawlessly, but the LPP hickups often. I also bought a dozen of the little black square ratchets. They were 50 cents each, and I figured if I was paying shipping, why not get a bunch. I destroyed my first one pretty quick because I'm sure I was trying to remove the turret with the ram at the bottom when I first started. It has been fine since, but I know it's a wear item.
     
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    Zombie thread...

    Hastily spouted for your befuddlement
     
  12. Uncle Don

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    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=6CVq_neOWk4"]Removing and Installing Turret - YouTube[/ame]
     
  13. Colorado4Wheel

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    I have never damaged a ratchet. If you are you need to watch that video.
     
  14. Uncle Don

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    Mine is still the original since I got the press in 2006. I use it for everything but 45ACP.
     
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    I'll curious how long my ratchets last with my case operated Hornandy powder measure on it:dunno:

    I'm at over 800 rounds with 600 with the anchor on top so far

    I have extras so I don't care but its safe to say my LCT is runnin an over weight load:upeyes: but it sure runs sweet.

    I'm careful about raising the ram before manually turning the turret and I maintain a smooth steady stroke:whistling: so we'll see what the extra weigh does to ratchet life
     
  16. Boxerglocker

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    I sometimes think of getting myself a LCT again. It would be nice to just leave it set up for .308

    I don't need the dies, already have the Lee deluxe set. Unfortunately it does not seem cost effective in comparison to just getting a conversion and case feed plate for the 650.

    Doing a quick search looks like I would be $180 into it plus shipping.

    http://www.midwayusa.com/product/814175/lee-classic-4-hole-turret-press

    http://www.midwayusa.com/product/87...der-measure-double-disk-kit?cm_vc=sugv1348753

    http://www.midwayusa.com/product/348753/lee-pro-auto-disk-powder-measure?cm_vc=sugv1814175

    http://www.midwayusa.com/product/114080/lee-auto-disk-powder-measure-riser?cm_vc=sugv1348753

    http://www.midwayusa.com/product/79...arging-die-22-to-30-calibers?cm_vc=OBv1348753
     
  17. Colorado4Wheel

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    Yeah, it's not a bad deal at all to just convert the Dillon. But that is just one caliber. Once you add up all the "just this one caliber more" for me the LCT makes a lot of sense. .380, .223, 308, 10mm, 40SW. 308 and .223 will get loaded on the Dillon eventually, but I like the LCT for doing the initial loadings I am using now. I like leaving the 650 set up for 9mm most the time. In the future to load a new caliber all I do is buy a Lee 3 die pistol set. Comes with the shell holder and I am good to go. .
     
  18. unclebob

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    I like to use RCBS shell holders. They are a lot better made than the Lee. The case slips in a lot easier on the RCBS. Also if you use a Lee shell holder? Make sure you check for any burrs. I sliced my thumb open one time using the Lee, that had one.
     
  19. creophus

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    Thankfully I've never had that happen. *Ouch*
     
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    Nope, never noticed. :dunno: