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I don't see a lot of used LEE precision presses in the classifieds

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by lokbot, Mar 23, 2015.

  1. lokbot

    lokbot Corvallis New Member

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    I'm hoping to get into reloading and while lee precision presses are quite affordable I noticed that there aren't many of them in the classifieds. I was hoping to find an inexpensive reloading setup from someone looking to upgrade their lee kit. Is there a reason why people don't put them up in the classifieds very often?


    -Loki
     
  2. etrain16

    etrain16 Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Just a guess - people like them and want to keep them. I don't think it's a lack of popularity, plenty of folks seem to like them. I looked around for a while but couldn't find any decent used ones, so I just bought new. They're not all that expensive, even new.
     
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  3. solv3nt

    solv3nt Portland Well-Known Member

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    Buy a new breechlock kit on Amazon for about $100 shipped. It has almost everything that you need.
     
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  4. Wayne

    Wayne Near Tacoma Active Member

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    When I upgraded to a Dillon I just kept mine. Still use it for loading rifle and that odd caliber that I might only shoot a couple hundred a year. You can never have to many presses ;)
     
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  5. PiratePast40

    PiratePast40 Willamette Valley Well-Known Member

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    For the most part, Lee presses are economical and work well, so not much of a reason to get rid of them. Lee has worked out the bugs in the progressive presses (Pro 1000 and Load Master) so people are keeping them and using them. Not much reason to replace something that works just fine.

    Just curious, what is your use for the press? Bullseye shooters have much different needs than IDPA and USPSA shooters.
     
  6. lokbot

    lokbot Corvallis New Member

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    Thanks for the input. I am new to hunting and rifle shooting and would like to be able to reload 30-06 for a more economical and accurate round and learn more about how to custom tailor a round. I would also like to be able to make handgun ammo down the line.
     
  7. Benchrest

    Benchrest The Desert Planet Well-Known Member

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    I'd suggest, as others may have, starting with a single stage - the least complex of presses, allowing you to concentrate on loading an accurate, safe round.

    As your skills progress consider adding a turret or progressive.

    As a note: I own three LEE presses, and can attest to their functionality and durability. I also regularly watch eBay for specifics - used LEE gear usually sells for near, or above, new prices.

    Per solv3nt: Buy and new 'kit' from Amazon, be happy :D
     
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  8. PiratePast40

    PiratePast40 Willamette Valley Well-Known Member

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    I'm disappointed. Had popcorn and drinks ready for the blue crew bashing the red press show. Yes, it's a rerun, but sometimes humorous! :D
     
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  9. solv3nt

    solv3nt Portland Well-Known Member

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    Whoooooohooooooo! Red vs Blue! Hornady is usually considered red tho. So would this be red vs red?
     
  10. Benchrest

    Benchrest The Desert Planet Well-Known Member

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    I got lee it realy the best brand not like the matt dillon press that cost more than it shood and funhy blue color i load lotsa 9 cuse its the best and all my bookits work great some times tho i have to shake it to get it to go bang but thats cuz my boolits are so power full that it scares the gun only ge4t lee and jown the best and just use a hammer if it gets stuck and not get the 'horny' brand it sucks too like blue matt dillon.
     
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  11. bolus

    bolus Portland Gold Supporter Gold Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    you wusses using a press. sheesh, I press in my bullets using my teeth. wimpy kids these days with their fancy colored presses. In my day they were back and white and the girls used them.
     
  12. eliduc

    eliduc Active Member

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    You've still got teeth?
     
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  13. orygun

    orygun West Linn Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I have used a bunch of Lee dies before, but none of their presses. If their presses work as well as their dies, they would be few and far between on the used market.
     
  14. AMProducts

    AMProducts Maple Valley, WA Jerk, Ammo Manufacturer Silver Supporter

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    Most lee presses don't survive long enough to make it to the used market. Usually the upgrade to an RCBS, Lyman or other press happens after the lee reloader cracks in half.

    Both my Bigmax and Rock Chucker I got second hand from some guy who bought them new, he was too old to use them any more so he sold them to me, I will probably pass them down to my children or grand children. The lee presses... those broke years ago.
     
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  15. Benchrest

    Benchrest The Desert Planet Well-Known Member

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    Interesting experience.

    I have two 3-hole auto indexing turrets, and a breech lock single stage. After thousands of rounds of .308 & 9mm I know my presses quite well, and simply don't see a weak point.

    To each his own.

     
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    AMProducts Maple Valley, WA Jerk, Ammo Manufacturer Silver Supporter

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    Lee reloader press with it's "C-frame" split just above the base while sizing .308 brass some years ago, It was some rather tough military brass, but wasn't too much harder to size than say 7mm rem mag.
     
  17. Benchrest

    Benchrest The Desert Planet Well-Known Member

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    Understood - Lee's C press always seemed it was suited to decapping and, maybe, sizing cast bullets.

    :)

     
  18. P7id10T

    P7id10T Cedar Hills Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    You rarely see Lee, or any other presses in the classifieds because reloaders only get out of reloading when they're too old to do it, IMO. A co-worker just inherited all his dad's reloading gear, he has lotsa questions.

    For 30-06 I'd get a single stage or a turret press.
     
  19. orygun

    orygun West Linn Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I agree. However the last time I loaded '06 was the largest run of bottle neck cases I've ever done and I did them on the Dillon, using it as a single stage. Normally I use my Lyman turret press, but the Dillon was bolted to the bench and the Lyman wasn't!
     
  20. SinisterSouthpaw

    SinisterSouthpaw SW WA Active Member

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    Red vs. Blue? Ridiculous. Dillon can't begin to compete with Forster..............
     
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