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LEE Lee Classic Turret Reloading Press

With a sturdy iron base, rigid cast-iron frame, powerful long stroke and quick-turret-change versatility, this press has the ability to reload any centerfire cartridge from the smallest varmint caliber to the largest magnum cartridges. Typical single-stage reloading requires that dies be individually changed out between stages. This press will speed up your reloading considerably with a turret that holds up to four dies. Just rotate the turret to advance to the next stage and you can load complete rounds one by one without stopping to change dies. Buy extra turrets for other dies and calibers, and you’ll be able to change from one caliber to another in seconds. The large ram is drilled completely through to dispose of spent primers through an attached clear plastic tube. Lee’s new built-in Lever Prime System™ and the optional Lee Safety Prime Tool to make priming clean and easy. Dies and shellholder not included.
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What accessories go with this? can you install a powder measure on press?

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The Lee Classic Turret Reloading Press, item #216322, will require reloading dies & shell holders which are sold separately. The Lee Auto Disk Powder Measure, Item IK-216334, can be installed on the Classic Turret Press by adding the Auto-Disk Riser, Item IK-216335.
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For the minimalist, you actually only need dies and a shell holder to start using this. You don't absolutely need the auto-powder measurer. You always have the option of weighing your own charges by hand and dropping them into the case. A great product indeed just for the fact that you can do any part manually (for those who are very detail oriented).
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answered 2 years, 10 months ago
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No accessories and Lee has a powder measure that fits. I prefer an RCBS powder measure over the Lee. Lee has less ability for adjusting powder charges.
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If you pruchase the Classic Cast Turret press in a Kit, the item description should tell what comes with it, If you purchase just the press as I have, it came with the large and small primer arms, and a extra Hex ratchet for the auto index.
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The press itself comes with no accessories, but Cabelas does sell a kit with both the press and all the accessories, I believe. As to the 2nd question, yes you can install a powder measure, it's called the "Lee Auto-Disk Powder Measure", and without this device, you cannot realize the full potential of this press. Also, you will need the Auto-disk riser, which elevates the powder measure above the other dies, which is essential if you want to balance the the powder measure above the center of the turret disk. I cannot recommend this combination of press & powder measure enough. It is an EXCELLENT buy.
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answered 2 years, 9 months ago
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You can purchase a powder dispenser, a primer feeder, and bullet feeder.
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Yes, you can use a powder measure. The boon/bane of Lee is that they typically don't come with all the bells and whistles. The advantage is that you can build it up how you'd like.

I bought the Classic, Pro AutoDisk powder measure, Lee dies and the primer feed. The turrets are pretty cheap to setup for a new caliber and I would highly recommend getting the Auto-Disc Riser to raise your dies above the primer feed as the turret rotates and the swivel adapter for the powder feed so you can easily swap the powder measure between your dies/turrets. If you're doing rifle calibers you'll also want the dual disk kit for more charging capacity.

Cabelas also has the Kit which has most of the above (no dies or swivel adapter)and a scale if you're getting started with the Classic.

For reference, I use it for .45ACP, .357, .30-30 and .223.

Good luck, also Lee Customer Service has also been great at answering my questions.
answered 2 years, 9 months ago
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answer 8
It is my understanding that you would need to use the Lee powder pro auto disk system. You insert this into the Powder through expanding die furnished with all pistol dies. It screws into place and when you insert the case into the expander die, the powder measures and dumps automatically for you.
If you want to load rifle cases, you will need to buy a rifle chargind die and the powder measure screws into that. Hope this helps
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answer 9
Lee makes a powder attachment that comes with diffrent discs to set measure. I use it and it works great.
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answer 10
My press came with the indexing bar, turret head, handle, and extra plastic square that indexes the head. The instructions were also included, although not really necessary since it is pretty intuitive to set up. Make sure you have a sturdy bench.
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answer 11
Yes and they make an extention tube so the powder measure does not hit the Saftey Primer see u-tube video
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Lee Turret Loader questio

I've see the Lee Turret with an Auto Index feature. Is that a separate accessory that can be purchased for this model or is that a different model?
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The Lee Classic Turret Reloading Press comes complete with the Auto Index.
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You are confusing the Lee Turret with the Lee CLASSIC TURRET, which is the one you see here. The Classic turret is Auto-indexing, and can be disable within seconds by removing the turret and pulling out the indexing rod. I do not have experience with the older Lee turret press, but the Classic Turret is superior in both construction (cast iron as opposed to cast aluminum base) and stability (the Classic turret has a much wider and logically arranged base). Hope this helps!
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The press auto indexes out of the box, each time you pull the arm down it rotates the top turret.

If you remove the center post you can run it as a single stage which is great also, I use mine in this capacity to size/deprime 223 so I can trim it and then load it in my Pro1000. Not that I didn't use the Classic to load a bunch of 223 (and others) for a year.
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The ratcheting bar that indexes the turret came with the press when I bought it. It also came with a spare plastic piece that rotates the bar.
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The Classic Cast Turret press comes with the auto index. The older models may not have, but the ones from Cabelas does.
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The Lee Classic Turret includes the Auto Indexing Rod.
I do believe the Lee Turret (aluminum Model) also includes the Auto Indexing Rod as well.
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answer 7
It comes with this press, it can be removed to make this a single stage.
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answered 2 years, 8 months ago
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answer 8
It is a different model (Product #: 785993)
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Lever Prime System

I am seriously considering reloading due to the cost of 45 colt ammo. This press looks like an inexpensive and good beginners press to start with. Fumbling with the primers is one of my concerns. Can someone explain what the built in Lever Prime System is on this press
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The Lee Classic Turret Reloading Press, item IK-216322 is supplied with the Lee Lever Priming System, which is a pivoting lever that rides outside the loading ram until pivoted into place below the shell holder, positioning the primer holder with a primer placed in it, to insert into the cartridge case after sizing. Both large and small primer arms are included.
answered 2 years, 3 months ago
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It's a great press, I just posted my review. The Safety Prime system is extremely simple and works well. Go to youtube and search Lee Safety Primer, moving pictures are worth lots of words. I had to learn exactly where to press it when dispensing a primer onto the press, it's as high up the back as possible. About 1 out of 40-50 drop on the floor but for me that's no big deal and beats all other priming methods I've used. Priming now only adds about 1 second to the whole start-to-finish reloading cycle.
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The lever prime is just like the spring loaded primer arms on some other presses. The lever prime system will not save you from loose primers.

The safety prime is an add on item that will put a primer into the little cup at the end of the primer lever. I didn't expect to like it as well as I do. I have always used a dedicated tool, but being able to deprime/size/prime the case at one station leaves 3 more to expand/charge, then seat, then crimp.
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They're just talking about the primer press, it work great. Once you have a primer in place it locks into the correct spot when your loading. I would get a primer feeder if you don't want to put each primer in by hand. They're cheap and work good. I hope that helps.
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answered 2 years, 2 months ago
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answer 5
It's takes a little bit to get it dialed in, but it works well. Basically you have a feeder that you set to tilt onto the priming ram when the ram is in the up position. You push it onto the priming ram and as you do it places a primer in it. Hard explain, but a simple process. There are videos online where you can see it in action.
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answer 6
I use the four hole Lee Classic Turret to reload all my bullets, I have 7 caliburs of Pistol and 7 of Rifle. It works like a dream. For the money you can not beat it. The primer loader comes in two sizes, small primer and large primer. it hangs in a cradle in front of the machine and when the handel is in the down position and the bullet is fully into the sizer die you push the primer holder forward and snap on a new primer, when you raise the handle you seat the primer. I loaded over 20,000 rounds last year with no problem.
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does this press come with a 3 or 4 hole die?

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The Lee Classic Turret Reloading Press, Item: IK-216322, comes with one 4 hole turret.
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Classic Four Hole Turret Press
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4 hole
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This press only uses 4 hole turrets.
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Turret is a 4 hole and works pretty well
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It comes with a 4 hole, 3 will not work in the classic.
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die

dose the lee take the 7/8 by 14 inch die. do i have to buy shell holers when I RBCS holer right now
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The Lee Classic Turret Reloading Press, item: 216322, does take 7/8 by 14 in dies and shell holders are not included.
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Oh yeah..7/8 x 14 dies fit just fine. RCBS shellholders work ...but the Lee Shellholder have a smaller hole in them for the primer seaters. Just that they fit a little tighter in the Lee Shellholder and you have to use a little more care seating with the RCBS holders
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The press takes 7/8-14 dies. Should be able to use your shell holders and dies. The shell holders work for various presses and are not press specific.
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The Lee Classic Turret Press takes Standard 7/8 x 14 dies. Your existing shell holders will work in this press.
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Takes standard dies without problem.

Used RCBS dies as well as Lyman and Lee when testing.
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Leverage

How is the leverage capability of this particular press in neck sizing Lapua Norma 6mm brass to 30 cal, and the 220 Russian Lapua Brass to 6ppc as compared to other press with ease of expanding the neck size.
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Just my take on the uses you seem to want to put this to..This is a turret press and is better suited to other reloading chores. The turret has a bit of deflection on sizing. It can be dealt with but it seems you are into Benchrest somewhat. Doing the sizing for your uses I would use a single stage press. For most of my varmint rounds I still use a single stage press..and I use 222 223 22-250 243 6 mm and the 25-06 I also have a heavy bbl 700 in 308..and with care you can make it shoot too..but too much recoil for varmints...In my opinion this press is suited very well to handgun rounds..and that is it's forte.
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I use this on my .338 Lapua Mag and at first it was to much for my work bench (Broke it in two) then I got a 2inch top not the cheap 3/4 inch top it was mounted to and it works great. I have loaded over 3000 rounds on the new set up and its still going great! The leverage is great my top wasn't. You need a heavy table top to take the pressure. Light ammo is no problem at all. I hope this helps.
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The Lee Classic Turret Press has excellent leverage. I currently use it to full length size .308 Winchester and 45/70. I also use this press to neck size .308 Winchester with a Lee Collet die.
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This press does a fine job resizing any bottleneck brass that I use.
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What calibers will this press load?

I am new to reloading (done some here and there with my father in-law). I will be loading 45acp,44mag, 7mm and 223/556. Would this be a good press for a beginner to load those calibers?
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The Lee Classic Turret Reloading Press, item # IK-216322, will work well with the calibers you are intending to load.
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The 7mm mag might stress it, the others should be fine. I'd probably look to a classic cast for large rifle reloading.
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Will this press reload 30-30 winchester, 40 S&W, and 7.62x54R

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The Lee Classic Turret Reloading Press, Item: IK-216322, has the ability to reload any centerfire cartridge from the smallest varmint caliber to the largest magnum cartridges. Although the operational length of this press functions with case lengths over 3 in., dies for the .50 BMG cartridge are not compatible with the threads in this press. Dies and shell holder are not included with this reloading tool.
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Yes, easily.
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