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Re: Ok, so I want to get into this reloading stuff..
« Reply #25 on: March 26, 2009, 02:49:36 pm »

I have a Lee single stage (their cheapest bottom of the line $20 one), a Lee turret press, and a Lee classic turret press.  Get the "classic" turret press.  I ended up buying the classic about 6 months after I had bought the plain turret press.  I mistakenly thought "classic" meant it was an earlier version, it's not, the "classic" is actually an improved version of the original turret press. 

Lots of good info there. Thanks!

Whats the difference between the regular and the classic?

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    Re: Ok, so I want to get into this reloading stuff..
    « Reply #26 on: March 26, 2009, 02:54:04 pm »
    The classic is a heavier duty unit.

    IIRC, the regular one is an aluminum frame, and the classic is made of cast iron.
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    Re: Ok, so I want to get into this reloading stuff..
    « Reply #27 on: March 26, 2009, 06:15:50 pm »
    This is the classic.

    And this is the regular. It being made of aluminum might be why it is so bulky compared to the classic. The classic is a decently sturdy unit, I thought its looks were also far superior to the regular.
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    Re: Ok, so I want to get into this reloading stuff..
    « Reply #28 on: March 27, 2009, 10:00:38 am »
    Lee Classic vs Lee Turret.

    As mentioned above, the Classic is cast construction, more solid.  You can't really tell by the pictures, but the handle on the Classic is beefier and more solid than on the plain turret.  The wooden ball is actually fastened to the handle of the Classic (the better one), whereas the wooden ball is just press-fitted onto the handle of the regular turret.  So, the ball keeps pulling off in my hand on the regular press.  Won't kill you but it's annoying.

    One thing that just TICKED ME OFF about the regular turret press, and you can't tell by the pictures, is where the spent primers go when you decap a casing.  The Classic is like most other presses and the way it should be, spent primers fall into the hollow middle of the ram piston and go out a tube so that you can collect them in the trash or in a container.
    The regular turret press doesn't do this, so decapped primers get knocked into the inside of the squarish-looking base frame, where they pile up in there and you can't get them out.  If you ever unbolt the press from it's mount (like I did once in a while) thousands of spent, dirty primers will come pouring out of there and go all over the place.

    The regular turret press was ok and a good value, but I think the Classic Cast turret press is only about $20 more and is much better designed and built than the regular lee turret press.

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    « Reply #29 on: March 27, 2009, 12:28:27 pm »
    Go for a Dillon 550B.  The primers get collected in a detachable little aluminum cup that you can easily empty.

    http://www.dillonprecision.com/#/content/p/9/pid/23594/catid/1/RL_550B
    There are some extras in the picture like the stand that lifts the press above the table and a roller handle.  I don't have either and I'm happy with my set up.

    This is an accessory kit that helps you get started:
    http://www.dillonprecision.com/#/content/p/9/pid/25582/catid/3/Dillon_SDB__Beam_Scale__Accessory_Package_Deal

    I've heard good things about RCBS as well.  If I hadn't bought the Dillon 550B I would have bought the Rock Chucker from RCBS.  That one typically comes in a start up kit as well.

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    Re: Ok, so I want to get into this reloading stuff..
    « Reply #30 on: March 27, 2009, 12:30:55 pm »
    I have to say after looking at the two different designs and kicking around the idea of starting to reload I really like the Classic design.  Sure I could get a single press, but I still keep thinking of my time as valuable and sure it's looks like fun to make some rounds, but I don't have all day or week to make 50 finished rounds.

    I plan on building up an AR-15 so I really like the idea of being able to reload some 5.56/.223 brass as well as some .38/.357 and maybe some 9mm.
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    Re: Ok, so I want to get into this reloading stuff..
    « Reply #31 on: March 27, 2009, 01:53:57 pm »
    Well, everything points to Lee Classic turret for me! Once I get confortable, I may go for a progressive. Thanks a lot, guys. Lots of good info.

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    « Reply #32 on: March 27, 2009, 05:36:00 pm »
    Yeah, I'm looking that way too. I have a Rock Chucker, but I'd like something faster for producing larger runs. These posts had me look today at the Lee classic turret and it looks good for the money, which would be consistant with my experience with Lee products.
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