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    I suggest a little device made by a member here sold on eBay called the "sleazyject" it's an auto case ejector made for classic cast SS and turret presses

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    I have and use mine all the time. I prime on the press. Once carefully setup and tightened down I don't have any issues with the safety prime. I use the Auto disk with riser to clear the safety prime. I've considered moving to the new auto drum with infinite adjustment but haven't yet. If I'm loading near the top or rifle I use my RCBS chargemaster.

    Lee's parts are free. You just pay shipping which gets higher the more parts you buy. I bought a bunch of those square ratchets as backups and of course have never needed them!

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    I've been using my LCT for almost a year.
    I use the Safety Prime on press; after carefully re-reading the instructions, and adjusting the primer feed, I find it works well. When I don't get in a hurry with the primer trigger mechanism, that is.

    I use the Auto Drum powder measure, preferring the infinite adjustments over their Auto Disc. I do use the riser, to get the measure over the primer tray.
    I have turret plates for all my dies.

    I like the press a lot, and would recommend it unreservedly.
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    Thanks all.

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    Two suggestions to make life easy. Deprime and prime off the press, and get the auto drum powder measure with plenty of extra rotors. This is the setup I use for pistol, first station size the primed case without the decapping pin in the sizing die. Second station powder drop with the auto drum. Third station seat bullet and fourth station crimp. For rifle I do all case prep off the press and just drop powder, seat bullet, and crimp, leaving the fourth station empty. The reason I deprime off the press is to check for any crimped primers, and to make sure old primers come completely out since I had a couple .38 cases where there was some kind of a weird primer in that left a ring of some sort still in place, causing the primers to ignite when seating the new primers. And when trying to seat primers in cases with crimped primer pockets the new primers just get mangled.

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    Lee Classic Turret - A gem for reloaders !

    I have this dandy unit. Very good loader. If you load only 500 a week this thing is more than adequate.

    Plus the auto-index is a nice feature not found in other more expensive turret presses. I use mine for pistol - 38 spl, 357 mag, 40 SW, 10mm, 44 mag, 44 special, 45 acp, 500 SW and also .223 Rem. Love this press and want to get another one for my son.

    Kudos to Lee for the finest turret press in the market !!

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    Someone ended up giving (free) me an older four hole value turret press. The reason I think it may be older is because the small and large priming cups are mounted on the same device in the shape of a T.

    The guy that had it, bought it used and knew nothing about it.

    Not that it really matters, just curious if anyone can tell me anything about it?

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    I can't recall if the early 4 hole press used that primer tool, I thought only the 3 hole press used it. The difference is in the ram. It could be one that someone performed a conversion on and didn't change the ram. The new ram should have a pin in the slot to hold the primer arm.

    One way to tell the age of the press in the pins on the side of the base. The old ones used roll pins while the newer ones had threaded pins with a bolt head.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kmw1954 View Post
    I can't recall if the early 4 hole press used that primer tool, I thought only the 3 hole press used it. The difference is in the ram. It could be one that someone performed a conversion on and didn't change the ram. The new ram should have a pin in the slot to hold the primer arm.

    One way to tell the age of the press in the pins on the side of the base. The old ones used roll pins while the newer ones had threaded pins with a bolt head.
    It has the roll pins so you are more than likely correct that it was a three hole and has been upgraded to a four hole turret and the ram was never changed.

    Thanks

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    I ordered and received the Lee auto drum powder measure and I’m waiting on the 9mm Lee powder through expanding die to arrive.

    Do I assemble them (PM and die) as a unit and then install and adjust the flare for the case or do I setup the die to flare the case and then install powder measure ?

    I’m sure it will become clear once I recieve all components, but just trying to get ahead of the learning curve.

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    The Auto Drum has a thumb nut that will allow you to seat the die first. I also use mine w/o any riser in-between.

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    "I ordered and received the Lee auto drum powder measure and I’m waiting on the 9mm Lee powder through expanding die to arrive."

    I never could get the 9mm lee powder through expanding die to work on the auto drum. It either did not flair the case, or flared it too big. It worked great with the auto disk, but does not have the infinite range adjustment. I used a Lyman M die in the first hole and cut the 9mm powder through die down so that it would not flair the case. The problem is the return spring on the auto drum is strong enough to flair the case before the powder is dropped. I like the auto drum it is reliably consistent with most powders. You can also use the NOE expander plugs.
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    Is the pro version of the auto disk any good ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TXCOONDOG View Post
    Is the pro version of the auto disk any good ?
    Yes, it is excellent. It is what I use on my Classic cast setups.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TXCOONDOG View Post
    Is the pro version of the auto disk any good ?
    It is excellent. I set my die up first with the powder thru piece on, once the flare is adjust how I want I unscrew the powder thru and replace with my powder measure.
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    Honestly, I have 2 regular Auto Disk measures that I use and I have to say this about them. They are not as versatile as the Auto drum because one is using fixed cavities in the disks. But after a little love and care to the measure body I get almost zero leakage with either one even with very fine powder like Ramshot Silhouette. The biggest drawback I find is also with the powder hopper and the way they are affixed. Eventually the screw holes crack out.

    I have thought about buying the upgrade kit which would solve the hopper issue but I'm cheap and can't quiet bring myself to spend as much for an upgrade kit as I did for the measure. Next I will be looking for extra A and B disks that I can drill out to fill in the in-between sizes for the pistol calibers that I load.

    I believe that for the money they are the best value in powder measures for loading pistols and I do have an Auto drum I just don't like it as much because no matter what I do to it, it leaks fine powders.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TXCOONDOG View Post
    Is the pro version of the auto disk any good ?
    Yes, it's the better of the two by a large margin. While the disks are fixed they seem to drop the right amount for an accurate load w/ pistols. I have a bunch of blank disks but so far I've only drilled one hole in one of them. But it's for a hunting load so it makes it easy to get a bunch of rounds loaded up.

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    I got everything setup for the 10mm using Longshot powder. The auto drum is working great thus far.

    I sure wish that I would’ve tried the Lee turret years ago!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TXCOONDOG View Post

    I sure wish that I would’ve tried the Lee turret years ago!
    This is the exact thought I had, after finally setting up my Lee turret this past spring.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TXCOONDOG View Post
    I got everything setup for the 10mm using Longshot powder. The auto drum is working great thus far.

    I sure wish that I would’ve tried the Lee turret years ago!
    I'm glad to hear you have it set and it's working well for you. I'm going to keep mine also.

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