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We are often asked, “Which reloading press is best?” The answer depends on a number of factors. We suggest you should make your choice according to need first and price second. Consider the type and amount of shooting you do, then use the following guide to help make your choice. 

Lee Precision Breech Lock Hand PressHand presses like the original Lee Loader and the Lee Precision Breech Lock Hand Press Only (shown at right) are great for loading limited quantities of specialized ammunition. Small and easy to pack, they provide a convenient way to test a wide variety of loads at the range. You can fairly quickly load three rounds, test fire them, load three more rounds with a different powder charge, test fire them and so on. Then compare the results from all your test batches to zero in on your perfect load. However, loading box after box of your favorite ammo with a hand press is not our idea of fun. 

Single station presses will load nearly any cartridge. Cartridges are loaded in a batch process during which, for example, 20 cases are deprimed and sized then the die changed to seat bullets in those 20 prepared cases. This die changing process can be sped up dramatically by using a press like the Lee Precision Breechlock Challenger Press  which is equipped with the innovative Lee Precision Breech lock quick-change die system. The Lee Precision Breech lock system, inspired by big guns, allows changing dies with only a 1/6 of a turn rather than the tradition method which requires many complete turns to change dies. Lee Precision`s Lee Precision Breech Lock Bushings allow any standard reloading dies to be used in a Lee Precision Breech lock equipped press. A single station press is the best choice for most rifle calibers especially for large calibers like .50 BMG. And for a beginner, the simplicity and reliability of a single station press outweighs all other considerations.

Lee Precision 4 Hole Turret PressTurret presses offer near single station simplicity with much higher production rates. With a little practice, most reloaders can approach the speed of typical progressive presses. Since all the required dies are mounted on a turret, there is no need to change dies between each operation resulting in considerable time savings. On most models the turret advances to the next station automatically saving even more time. With every four pulls of the lever, a completed round is produced. A Turret Press is a great choice for moderate handgun ammunition production. When equipped with an Lee Precision Auto Disk Powder Measure, turret press production rates of 250 rounds an hour are easily achievable. And by deactivating the Auto index feature you can batch reload the longest rifle cartridges. Changing calibers on a turret press is a snap, just twist and exchange the turret, snap in a new shell holder and you`re ready to load a new caliber. Since the turrets are so inexpensive we recommend you buy a separate turret for each caliber you plan to reload and keep each turret set up with the appropriate dies. The Lee Precision DIE BOX ROUND RED is a great way to store your pre-set up turrets and dies.

When you`re ready to upgrade from your trusty single station press, a turret press like the Lee Precision 4 Hole Turret Press with Auto Index (shown at left) is the next logical step.

Progressive presses are primarily designed for very high production of handgun cartridges. Add a bullet and pull the lever all other operations are automatic. We suggest you should select a Progressive Press like Lee Precision`s Load Master  and Pro 1000 if you are shooting more than 500 rounds a week, are somewhat experienced reloading ammunition with a single station or turret press and don`t plan to reload a wide variety of calibers since change over from cartridge to cartridge can be involved. If you are loading limited quantities of many different cartridges a Turret Press is a more practical choice. But if you need to crank out 1,000 rounds of your favorite ammo for your next IPSC competition or Cowboy Action meet, there is no substitute for a finely tuned progressive press.


   
 

Description SKU  MSRP  Price Qty Parts Man
Lee Precision Breech Lock Classic Cast PressLee Precision Breech Lock Classic Cast Press90999170.00112.99   
Lee Precision Breech Lock Hand Press OnlyLee Precision Breech Lock Hand Press Only9068547.9829.99   
Lee Precision  Reloader PressLee Precision Reloader Press9004539.9834.99   
Lee Precision Classic Cast PressLee Precision Classic Cast Press90998170.00112.99   
Lee Precision Breechlock Challenger PressLee Precision Breechlock Challenger Press9058899.0070.99   

 

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Lee Precision Breech Lock Hand Press Only

The Lee Precision Breech Lock Hand Press is a full size reloading press that can handle the largest Magnum cartridge. Includes the Breech Lock Quick-Change Die Feature to instantly change dies and (1) Breech Lock Quick Change Bushing.

 

 



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Lee Precision Reloader Press

The Lee Precision Reloader Press has a balance lever that can't drop down to pinch your fingers. Unlimited hand clearance and accepts standard 7/8 x14 thread dies and standard universal press shell holders.



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Lee Precision Breechlock Challenger Press

The Lee Precision Breechlock Challenger Press has an "O" frame design. The large opening allows for maximum hand clearance. The spent primer catcher allows you to route the spent primers directly to the trash can. Includes the Breech Lock Quick Change die system. Other features include all steel linkage with adjustable length lever and (1) Breech Lock quick change bushing.

 



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Lee Precision Breech Lock Classic Cast Press

The Lee Breech Lock Classic Cast Press has a rigid cast iron frame, baked powder finish and all steel linkage. Adjustable handle is moveable from right to left and length plus swing position. Frame machined to accept Lee Quick-Change Breech Lock Die Bushings.

                                                             



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Lee Precision Classic Cast Press

The Lee Precision Classic Cast Press is designed to work with large series 1 1/4-12 dies. Has compound linkage with positive travel stop, prevents press toggle or "cam over". Accepts standard shell holders.  Ram insert can be rotated to allow primer installation on right or left side. 



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