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Lee Precision Classic Cast Press (Red)
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- Includes Two Primer Arms for Large and Small Primers
- Start and Stop Position is Adjustable with a 48-tooth Ratchet Type Handle Clamp
- Heavy Duty Construction
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Do you need a press like this?:
If you are solely producing pistol rounds and not doing any heavy operations like reforming, necking down or full case rifle case resizing this is probably a little overkill. Now its not to say that this press cant handle producing pistol rounds, it does both jobs admirably. But if you are only going to produce pistol rounds and you are budget limited or looking to experiment with reloading you could certainly do a fine job with lighter weight / less expensive press.
HOWEVER if you are producing rifle rounds or will be producing rifle rounds in the future and you are looking for a single stage press that more than holds its own with presses that are much more expensive. This is definitely the way to go.
Breech Lock Classic Cast or Classic Cast:
The Breech Lock system by Lee is basically a quick way of changing from one die to another die with a simple 1/8 th turn of the die and lifting motion. For presses such as the regular Classic Cast press that do not have the Breech Lock system installed you will have to thread the die 15 to 20 turns down to the lock nut every time. The Breech Lock is a convenience for quick change applications but it is impossible accommodate the Lee Precision Reloading Die Set-50 BMG (Grey), additionally you have to purchase either the ...Read more ›
It's just a better press....period. And, it's cheaper. Also, us gun people tend to be pretty patriotic, and Lee has never imported commie steel from China to save money, while still charging their customers the same price in order to make more profit. RCBS has, and they will refuse to tell you how to identify if your press is Chinese steel.
they say it is heavy duty. heavy duty is an understatement. I am guessing it weighs 15-16 pounds. the compound leverage is outstanding. the priming system is very positive with lots of 'feel' [you experienced reloaders will know what I mean].
there is only one negative, the handle, although functional, is a bit cheesy, somewhat cheaply made. not big enough deal to lose my 5 star rating. I never installed mine, I used an extra Dillon handle I have. a friend took the offset out of the handle with a torch. the lee handle should actually function just fine for most folks.
lee precision has always been a company that seems like they want to make friends instead of money.
I researched the various single stage presses on the market such as the Rock Chucker (also a fantastic press) the Hornady and Redding presses as well. All of these presses are really good presses. What it boiled down to was price, features, customer support, warranty and construction.
The Lee is made from recycled cast train rails. Very clever! This thing is a rugged, heavy piece of cast construction. It has the ability to be used right or left handed by simply removing a single bolt and positioning the handle on either side. This is a feature the others don't offer. The spent primers are dispatched through the center of the ram and down into a clear capped tube. From there the cap can be removed and the spent primers can be dumped into a trash can. No mess. This is also a feature only used by Lee. There is an included bracket that attaches to the press for the Lee safety prime system. I like priming on the press.
The base has 3 mounting holes and flats on the base that align the press squarely against the reloading bench front. I am right handed and had to mount the press on the left side of my bench since the Lee Turret is already mounted on the right side. So what I did was to mount the handle on the left side of the press and using a propane torch I heated the handle at its center and bent the handle towards the right side across the front of the press so that I could easily reach the ball (handle). This allows me to cycle the handle and yet keep the clearance needed to position a case either in or out of the press.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very impressed with its construction. Solid press.Published 2 months ago by Nice game. Helps pass the tyme.
Works great and its a solid press. I have used hornady and rcbs and I'm very impressed on how user friendly this press is and toughness of this pressPublished 2 months ago by Katie Feldt
A good solid press, nothing fancy, and it does the job. The included primer tools are OK, I went with a hand priming tool which works much faster with more control.Published 3 months ago by Andrew in Ohio
I don't think for the money you can beat this press. It's solid as heck. The deprimer is one of the best in the business. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Alex Cuecuecha
Simply the best value for a quality single stage press on the market. Easy installation, easy to use with minimal effort!Published 4 months ago by James P. Canning
It's everything that I excepted of it! Excellent press! No more spent primers on the floor!Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
I bought this because Hornady (apparently) does not make a shell plate for the 5.7 x 28 FN which fits their Lock-n-Load AP press which I have. Read morePublished 5 months ago by H. Boothe