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Thread: Lyman All-American Turret Press

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    Lyman All-American Turret Press

    A friend of mine's father has an old Lyman All-American Turret reloading press for sale. I saw it a while back and it looked to be in pretty reasonable shape. They want $50 for it. What is everybody's opinion of this press? Is it better than my Hornady 00-7 single stage press? I think the Lyman has 5 or 6 stations on it and thats the reason I would buy it. One of the stations has a screw out adapter on it with larger threads under it. What was that station for?

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    Mine has 4 station holes, one of them the larger one you mention. Mine came with a set of 16 gauge shotshell dies which I've never used. Great press but I didn't care much for their priming system. I'd sure buy it if I were you!

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    I have been using a 6 station all small hole Lyman Turret for 35 years and it does just what I want it to. If you buy it and dont want it, let me know, for 50 bucks it is a deal.
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    for $50. bucks i would buy it but you may need to get the J to X shell holder
    for it no big deal if you do. i have two of the Lyman S/T turret presses i have them
    set up for 9mm 357 & 44 mag. my Lyman comet single stage press was made in
    1957 works like a champ. and i use them a lot. and so did my Dad
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    I followed them on epay for a couple of months a while back, they seemed to mostly go for $80-$120. I think they are pretty neat, and $50 seems like a deal. If it were $100, I'd rather have a used Rockchucker, but since it's half of that, I wouldn't hesitate.


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    I'm diggin mine. Been loading 9&38 on it and really like it. I may have to repaint mine after seeing ben's!

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    [QUOTE=SlimTim; I'd rather have a used Rockchucker,


    I have both an All American and a Rockchucker. The AA is bolted to my bench, while the RC sits (neglected) on a shelf. It hasn't loaded a cartridge in at least ten years, and maybe fifteen. The AA was bought in 1967 and served well ever since.

    Very different machines, but I find the AA does almost everything I need.... and at a higher rate of production. For certain specific functions, I do use the RC, but not for actual loading of ammunition.
    Regards from BruceB in Nevada

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    I paid $50 for my All American about 15 years or more ago... it came with a 16 ga shotshell loading set (partial) and lacked the adaptor ring you have in yours. I'd much rather have gotten the ring! J-type shell holders may be a bit of a challenge, but Lyman still catalogs the adaptor to standard type if you know where to look. You will also need the "Special-T" primer punches (lg & sm)if you prime on press. As somebody already suggested, buy it and resell at a profit if you don't like it. That's what I would do.


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    If it is not on your bench now, you are wasting time, go get it. It is a great press, I would not be without mine.
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