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Thinking of buying a reloading press to reload my .308 (and maybe in the future 45-70). The shop I regularly go to only has Lee Precision stuff.
 
Whats everyones opinion on this brand??? Which of their presses is the best???
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  I only have one set of their dies but their equipment will get the job done.   Are you looking for a single stage or progressive press?
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The Lee "classic" is their best single stage press, though the others will get the job done.  I've used lee presses and dies for almost all of my reloading years, In my eyes they provide a decent product at a very attractive price.
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Originally posted by 300S&W 300S&W wrote:

Are you looking for a single stage or progressive press?
 
What is the difference?


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a bunch of money and a bunch of production
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 For good accurate loads a single stage press IMO is the way to go.
 I personaly use only RCBS products but by no means are they the absolute best, they just have outstanding CS and the best warranty out there. RCBS has probably the widest selection of reloading dies and tools on the market.I can't say about the LEE stuff because I don't know.
 Like Pyro said the "supreme kit" or even the beginning kit gives you what you need to get started instead of buying everything seperate.
 Look into buying mail order because there are a lot of products out there.
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I use a lee classic turret and like it.  I plan on getting a single press though for my precision loads.
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Most of my equipment is also RCBS. But I have some Lee decapping equipment. I broke one of the decapping pins on one of them by not paying attention to the fact they were Berdan, DOH!
I explained this to Lee and they still replaced for free including shipping.

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"dillon 550b x 2 "
 
Same here.  1 set up for large primers, the other for small primers.
One can craft some very precise loads on a good progressive.
 
I reserve the single sage press for FL sizing only.
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Originally posted by pyro6999 pyro6999 wrote:

rcbs rock chucker supreme kit
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Any thoughts on the Redding T7 turret press? I thought it would be handy to leave my dies set up on it.

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ive thought about that myself, im just not sure how they hold up with bigger stuff like the .30-378 or 300 rum.
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Well since no one mentioned Hornady I guess I will.  I have both their progressive and single stage.  IMO the single stage is better than the RCBS for the fact it comes with the quick change die setup. (hornady sells an upgrade for RCBS so it can be added to one of their presses as well)  Makes die changes just a 1/4 of a turn process.  I have used them side by side and with that exception they both work just the same and accomplish the same thing. 

I have used Hornady, Lee, RCBS, and Forester's customer service.  All of them are top notch and in my experience all have a no BS type warranty. 

In my experience Lee products are excellent.  Plus you add in the cheaper cost of all their stuff and it becomes really excellent. 
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 I'll mention Hornady!  I do like their bullet seating die.
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I am a big fan of the Lee equipment.  The Classic single stage press is excellent.  I have used their customer support and they were great.  I learned to reload on my uncle's RCBS equipment and never had issue with it.  When I bought in for myself I chose Lee because of the cost. 
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I started with a Lee Anniversary Kit several years ago.  Some of the the items got upgraded over the years but I'm still using the press that came with it.  There CS is top-notch.
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I have a Lee classic turret and it makes .308 rounds that consistently shoot .5MOA and one recipe of 300WM that shoots about 0.3MOA out to 600 yards.  I can't complain about the precision of my Lee classic.  I've measured OAL ammo from different runs (with turrets swapped between runs) and seen no change in length (out to the tenthousandsths of an inch.)

Spend more if you want, my Classic has never done me wrong.

Dies are a mix of Lee and RCBS.  I like RCBS's locking mechanism better than Lee's but on the turret, none get moved anyway.
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I've got a Redding Big Boss II and it has worked well. But forget about the primer seater kit. I use the Lee handheld and it has worked great. You could get a progressive, but how long does it take to switch out a die? Most of the time I spend is on two operations - resizing and weighing/filling powder charges. I perform each operation on ALL the cartridges. I've never had dies change measurement on me from screwing them in and out of the press. I replaced all my lock rings with the Hornadys and keep them tight.
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You charge them ALL before seating a new bullet?  Are you close to case capacity?  I'd be fearful of a double-charge, a bolt gun that puts powder in your face makes a powerful impression, and if you live through it,...

I have a turret (with the "progressive" taken out) press, I size all, then charge and seat one at a time.  The primed case comes out of the block once and goes directly into the ammo box when completed, no opportunity to double-charge a case or miss one and get a short round.

We Marines are known for our care and composure.  or something.
To each his own. 
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 I'm still using my 30+ yr old Lyman O Mag press.
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Ive always used a RCBS Rockchucker single stage,  but any means of making your own will save you a lot of money, (of do I mean encourage you to spend a lot of money).   Its not a cheap hobby but it will keep you out of the titty bars.
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RCBS press, Ohaus scale, Lee priming and case length tools, Lyman powder measure, dies from Redding, RCBS, and Lee.  I use stuff from several manufacturers, pretty much all of it has worked well. One thing I've learned, don't go cheap on the scale, you really get what you pay for there.

My Dad uses both RCBS and Lyman presses, my brother uses a Lee Classic, they all seem to work equally well.
 
If Lee was the only brand available to me, I wouldn't be worried at all, it gets the job done at a reasonable price.
 
 
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