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Aside from a handful of .38 spl shot shells I haven't reloaded anything in a few years. (Life happens!) I decided just before Christmas that it was time to dive back in, but I needed to update my equipment. When I first started reloading we lived in a small apartment and I had no place to dedicate to a bench setup. I opted for a Lee hand press instead. It was slow but my entire setup fit inside a .50 cal can. Fast forward several years and we now own a decent size home and I have a garage for my play room.

I started researching presses, trying to decide single stage, turret or full blown progressive...... Well, it turns out Brownells had the Lee Classic Turret Deluxe kit on sale for $169.99 with free shipping. I liked the balance of speed and control it offered. I place the order Christmas eve and the press arrived Jan 4th. As luck would have it I had this week off! The last thing I needed was a place to mount it. I had enough scrap laying around to throw together a decent bench. I don't like the way the stain turned out. That's why I only did the top. I'll sand it clean and go with something a little lighter later on.

After getting everything mounted I was able to crank out 100 rounds of 38spl and 100 rounds of 45acp in a couple hours last night. Today I went to town and bought 100 Hornady 230gr XTP's and loaded 50 of those. I still need to buy an extra tool head so I don't have to swap out the dies each time. But for now I'll be fine. I have to say, my favorite thing about this press is the powder measure. Before I was weighing every charge by hand on a Lee balance beam! That was tedious. Here is a pic because I know you guys are visually stimulated. LoL



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Looking Good! :thumb:

But beware, it will take over the garage if you let it. :D
 

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Looking Good! :Thumb:

But beware, it will take over the garage if you let it. :D
It doesn't have much room to take over. As it is, I need to remove the lags holding the shelf behind it in place so I can slide it down and make room on the wall for the bench.

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Looking Good! :thumb:

But beware, it will take over the garage if you let it. :D
Truer words were never spoken. I started out small with a single stage and very portable setup I could stash away easily. Now I have a variety of powders and load more calibers than I ever thought I would along with now having a progressive press right aside the single stage and would like to possibly get a turret.

Once you open the door to the hobby and you get comfortable with it, it makes you want to do more and are less shy to buying firearms of any caliber. Before you know it, you have a notebook full of notes and you're loading 6 or 7 different calibers, have buckets of brass separated by caliber, and enough ammunition laying around to make any liberal nervous. Ask me how I know :D
 

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Excellent choice of press and powder handler! You're on your way in style and value. One thing I've done for my work surface is a glue down application of 1/8" white melamine..I happened to have it laying around, but it's not too expensive. It's easy to wipe clean and bounces more light around. Extra turrets are a must to fully utilize the benefit of the turret...down the line extra powder measures are great also. I still don't have one for every turret setup....maybe some day.

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Great choice. Looks like a good setup to me.
 

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Great setup, very efficient. Nice !
 

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Excellent choice of press and powder handler! You're on your way in style and value. One thing I've done for my work surface is a glue down application of 1/8" white melamine..I happened to have it laying around, but it's not too expensive. It's easy to wipe clean and bounces more light around. Extra turrets are a must to fully utilize the benefit of the turret...down the line extra powder measures are great also. I still don't have one for every turret setup....maybe some day.

https://www.lowes.com/pd/47-75-in-x...UAkd3--iSM2nal01Hrn58fmIShlbvZiwaAhNsEALw_wcB
I was definitely thinking of adding another powder measure when I get another turret. Right now I only reload 38spl/357mag and 45acp but plan to branch out to 40s&w and possibly 223/556. It's a good thing I have plenty of shelf space! LoL

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I was definitely thinking of adding another powder measure when I get another turret. Right now I only reload 38spl/357mag and 45acp but plan to branch out to 40s&w and possibly 223/556. It's a good thing I have plenty of shelf space! LoL

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SEE! What did I tell you!

It's only another caliber, just one more pound of powder

Oh! Oh! this powders on sale, I don't have a pound of it yet.

That's a nice 10mm, ammo is kind of expensive, yeah ..... but .... another set of dies and I could half that cost of ammo.

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SEE! What did I tell you!

It's only another caliber, just one more pound of powder

Oh! Oh! this powders on sale, I don't have a pound of it yet.

That's a nice 10mm, ammo is kind of expensive, yeah ..... but .... another set of dies and I could half that cost of ammo.

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Yeah, but I'll deny it just a little longer before I concede defeat!

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I keep repeating this but this is part of the beauty of this hobby. One can go as elaborate or as minimal as one desires and it's not wrong. A bench is only limited by ones imagination, budget or space. One of the niftiest work spaces I have seen to date is the one olfarhors has.

Also have to agree that the press choice is a good one and will serve you well. As for the powder measures the Pro Auto Disk has many advantages over the Std. Auto disk measure. The biggest is the way the powder hoppers attach.
 

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I keep repeating this but this is part of the beauty of this hobby. One can go as elaborate or as minimal as one desires and it's not wrong. A bench is only limited by ones imagination, budget or space. One of the niftiest work spaces I have seen to date is the one olfarhors has.

Also have to agree that the press choice is a good one and will serve you well. As for the powder measures the Pro Auto Disk has many advantages over the Std. Auto disk measure. The biggest is the way the powder hoppers attach.
I liked olfarhors' setup so much I saved a picture. It's a very nice space saving setup.

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I love my little lee cast turret. It gets as much use as my xl650. Super nice and easy to swap from caliber to caliber as well. I always hear the little plastic square driver was a issue with them so I bought a bunch as backups. Thankfully I have never had a issue with it. I'm sure it has 4k on it now of various calibers and has never skipped a beat.

I had issues with my first auto drum but lee replaced it without any issues quickly.
I have a few of those now and they all are great. A little leaky but it isn't a issue to me in the least.
 

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I love my little lee cast turret. It gets as much use as my xl650. Super nice and easy to swap from caliber to caliber as well. I always hear the little plastic square driver was a issue with them so I bought a bunch as backups. Thankfully I have never had a issue with it. I'm sure it has 4k on it now of various calibers and has never skipped a beat.

I had issues with my first auto drum but lee replaced it without any issues quickly.
I have a few of those now and they all are great. A little leaky but it isn't a issue to me in the least.
I messed one of those little squares up. I now have spares. Ain't like they're expensive or something. :D Haven't had a problem with it, since. I cannot remember how I messed it up, but it WAS my fault.
 
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I messed one of those little squares up. I now have spares. Ain't like they're expensive or something. :D Haven't had a problem with it, since. I cannot remember how I messed it up, but it WAS my fault.

IIRC it has something to do with reversing the die rotation. I messed mine up, asked Lee for a replacement as I couldn't find the one that came with it and never installed it. I just flip the dies with my weak hand...maybe someday I'll try the auto indexing again. The issue that I had with it was when I would charge a case, lower it and the press would index to the next die. If I took the case out to dump in the scale, I twice forget to index around to recharge the darn case and made a squib. That hasn't happened since I stopped auto indexing.
 

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I buy brass some new some used at gun shows, when I go to the range I pick up brass, I have other people that don't reload and give me brass, at club range days I have the children pick up brass for me ( easy to bribe ) anyway when you start being a brass hog like some of us that stuff is going to take over vast areas of your work shop/garage be warned....
 

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i buy brass some new some used at gun shows, when i go to the range i pick up brass, i have other people that don't reload and give me brass, at club range days i have the children pick up brass for me ( easy to bribe ) anyway when you start being a brass hog like some of us that stuff is going to take over vast areas of your work shop/garage be warned....

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I started out with a LEE NUT CRACKER or hand loader and a borrowed RCBS scale and I bought a hard plastic hammer to operate it with. I gave a whole $25.00 for it back in 1978 I believe but I made some of the most accurate 25/06 bullets I ever shot I still have it. It took awhile to load a case but it was fun for me to actually be making my own bullets my BIl still has some of the 90 grain bullets I loaded with it and he has killed several deer with them
 
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