Looking for a good inexpensive single stage press.

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  • Gus McCrae

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    Looking for a fair deal on a press. Not sure I'll need anything else at the moment, but will consider dies too if you want to make that part of a deal.

    I'd be looking for .38 Special, .357 Mag, .45-70, 7.62 NATO......
     

    Guate_shooter

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    Does it have to be single stage?

    If you are looking at an affordable progressive without breaking the bank I would say the Lee Pro 1000 is what you should get, I own a Dillon 650 with all the bells and whistles and its was $1100 once you add all the little stuff that doesnt come with it granted she is a BAD ASS machine and 99% of the errors are due to the operator but at a high price.

    You can land a Lee Pro 1000 online for about $160 bucks with the dies.
     

    Gus McCrae

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    Does it have to be single stage?

    If you are looking at an affordable progressive without breaking the bank I would say the Lee Pro 1000 is what you should get, I own a Dillon 650 with all the bells and whistles and its was $1100 once you add all the little stuff that doesnt come with it granted she is a BAD ASS machine and 99% of the errors are due to the operator but at a high price.

    You can land a Lee Pro 1000 online for about $160 bucks with the dies.

    Wow, thanks for the tip. I was just looking for something to do small numbers of rifle bullets, but you are getting me thinking.

    I've got a hand me down Square Deal B for .45 ACP (most of what I shoot).
     

    keano44

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    I recommend the Lee Classic Cast Turret press. You can de-activate the auto indexing feature and use it like a single stage press; this is how I use it (I like to do reloading procedures in batches). You can keep all your dies set-up on separate turrets and not have to set them up and adjust them every time you go to use them. With a standard two (rifle) or three (pistol) die set, there is still room to add a factory crimp die on the same turret.
    You could use the auto indexing for the pistol calibers you listed, and do single stage operation for the rifle calibers; up to you. Very versatile, and a quality press for a good price.
     

    scooterj

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    I recommend the Lee Classic Cast Turret press. You can de-activate the auto indexing feature and use it like a single stage press; this is how I use it (I like to do reloading procedures in batches). You can keep all your dies set-up on separate turrets and not have to set them up and adjust them every time you go to use them. With a standard two (rifle) or three (pistol) die set, there is still room to add a factory crimp die on the same turret.
    You could use the auto indexing for the pistol calibers you listed, and do single stage operation for the rifle calibers; up to you. Very versatile, and a quality press for a good price.

    Can you squeeze a 45-70 in the Lee press?
     

    keano44

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    scooterj - Absolutely! From the website, regarding the Lee Classic Cast Turret:
    "The long stroke allows rifle cases over three inches long to be loaded using the automatic index. Deactivate the Auto-Index and cases as long as the monster 50 BMG can be loaded."
    I think Guate_shooter is referring to the progressive Lee Pro 1000. Who really needs a progressive press for 45-70 anyway, right?
     

    Gus McCrae

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    scooterj - Absolutely! From the website, regarding the Lee Classic Cast Turret:
    "The long stroke allows rifle cases over three inches long to be loaded using the automatic index. Deactivate the Auto-Index and cases as long as the monster 50 BMG can be loaded."
    I think Guate_shooter is referring to the progressive Lee Pro 1000. Who really needs a progressive press for 45-70 anyway, right?

    Well I was hoping to build an autoloading rifle for HD and 3 gun. :mamoru:
     

    wrecker704

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    The Lee turrent press is a good idea. I use mine as a single stage and use my single stage to deprime with. I just got tired of having to reset my dies every time I wanted to do something now I just change the turrent out and ai am reloading. Neither the single stage or the turrent press is that expensive.
     

    saxmanson

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    Lee single stage press- yours for $30?

    Man, I have one of these just sitting around for years since before Katrina (upstairs) after getting my Lee turret press going. I also have a set of seldom used .308 rifle dies available, since you indicated that was your rifle caliber, didn't you? You can have the press for $30 cash (another $15 for the rifle dies) plus the cost of driving to the City Park/Gentilly area to pick it up. Instead of PM's, I prefer e-mail sent to: saxmanson@gmail.com.
     

    Quickdraw22

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    Man, I have one of these just sitting around for years since before Katrina (upstairs) after getting my Lee turret press going. I also have a set of seldom used .308 rifle dies available, since you indicated that was your rifle caliber, didn't you? You can have the press for $30 cash (another $15 for the rifle dies) plus the cost of driving to the City Park/Gentilly area to pick it up. Instead of PM's, I prefer e-mail sent to: saxmanson@gmail.com.

    Snap! Not to be a vulcher, but if he skips on this, and you ever find yourself in the SWLA area, be sure to let me know!!

    -Dave
     

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