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Lee Classic Turret vs Redding Turret Press

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by blizzardscout2, Jan 19, 2015.

  1. blizzardscout2

    blizzardscout2 Snohomish Member

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    I am torn between these two turret presses. For the price it seems the Lee is hard to beat. I plan on beginning with 9mm and then moving on to 5.7x28mm for when I buy a PS90. Some people complain about the quality of the Lee, but it would seem that it gets the job done and it just works. Plus the cost difference between the Lee and the Redding dies is certainly significant. However, I plan on staying with 9mm and 5.7x28mm so I will not be buying more dies.
     
  2. DieselScout

    DieselScout S Clackamas County Well-Known Member

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    Dies now days are universal. Redding and Lee are interchangeable. As are RCBS, Hornady, and Forster. Dies cost is not a factor.
     
  3. My 3 sons

    My 3 sons Bonney Lake Active Member

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    I have a Lee turret press and really like the value.
    Never used a redding press so I can't comment there.

    My Lee dies are several pistol and rifle calibres and they work just as well as my Dillon dies.
     
  4. spectra

    spectra The Couve Moderator Staff Member Bronze Supporter

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    I have a Lee Classic Cast SS and looking at the Lee Classic Turret. I think for the money the Lee can not be beat. Plus maybe 10 to 12 bucks for another holder for the Lee so you just swap out the center and you are off to another cal.
     
  5. Benchrest

    Benchrest The Desert Planet Well-Known Member

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    I HAD a T-Mag (great press) and sold it.
    I HAVE two Lee 3-hole auto indexing presses. Love them.

    .380, 9MM, .357, 10MM - swap takes just seconds :)
     
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    blizzardscout2 Snohomish Member

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    This is good to know, that certainly makes it easier to buy used dies.
     
  7. blizzardscout2

    blizzardscout2 Snohomish Member

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    As good as your Dillon says a lot. I think I am leaning towards the Lee at this point.
     
  8. blizzardscout2

    blizzardscout2 Snohomish Member

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    I definitely like the ease of swapping out the center. Especially if I decided to expand to 380 or 45. I will still load like a single stage press with the 5.7x28mm.
     
  9. Benchrest

    Benchrest The Desert Planet Well-Known Member

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    If you go the used route you'll want to make sure the sizer (straight wall pistol) is carbide.

    For what it's worth I have thousands of rounds through my Lee dies and they continue to work flawlessly.

    .02
     
  10. HotRod61

    HotRod61 Happy Valley Active Member

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    +1
     
  11. Inspector

    Inspector Washington State Member

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    I've owned several brands of presses including Lee and Redding. The Lee progressives I'm not a fan of at all.

    The Lee turret press is a good unit. That said, you'll never go wrong with Redding.
     
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  12. etrain16

    etrain16 Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I've been looking at presses too. After reading threads and product reviews, I'm sold on the Lee Classic Turret press. For a beginner, it just seems a great way to go. You can load single stage by pulling out the indexing rod, which is a nice option (as you noted for the rifle rounds). Throw the rod back in and you're loading pistol rounds pretty quickly. I'd say for the price and for the flexibility, it will be hard to beat. I'm hoping to get mine ordered in the near future.
     
  13. eliduc

    eliduc Active Member

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    Swap the Lee crimp and the Lee seat die for a RCBS powder lockout die and an RCBS Cowboy seat/crimp die and your LCT will be almost fail safe with Lee's auto indexing.