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    Lee Classic Cast handle bent

    I bought the Lee Classic Cast single stage press for sizing my boolits and for having a backup single stage to my Forster. I've really loved it, but last night I was sizing powder coated MP 434215 GC boolits and the handle bent clean over. Does anyone know if the Inline Fabrication handle is a solid bar? I can just get a 0.625" steel rod but then I'll have to figure out how to add a handle at the end.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bcr View Post
    I bought the Lee Classic Cast single stage press for sizing my boolits and for having a backup single stage to my Forster. I've really loved it, but last night I was sizing powder coated MP 434215 GC boolits and the handle bent clean over. Does anyone know if the Inline Fabrication handle is a solid bar? I can just get a 0.625" steel rod but then I'll have to figure out how to add a handle at the end.
    Hi bcr,
    I can't answer the question about the Inline Fab handle being solid, but I wanted to recommend you contact Lee about the handle. I'm pretty sure they'll replace it at no charge.
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    Thanks Ed, I'm sure they'll replace it for free, I just figured maybe I need something more rugged. Maybe I can just insert a smaller diameter steel rod in the factory handle tube.

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    Ha Ha .

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    My lee classic cast has a solid bar and it is STRONG. I can 't imagine bending it.....Contact Lee and get a replacement.

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    Mine is 0.625" OD and 0.375" ID. I was astounded that it bent but the sizing is a decent amount of force. I was also surprised to see it is hollow.

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    How much sizing are you doing? If more than a couple thou, it is a bit to much. If you need to go more than .001 or .002 then do it in steps.
    As far as making a replacement handle, it's not hard to thread the end of your round stock so you can screw on a knob. Thread it the right size and you can use most any shift knob for a car Hurst shifter. Maybe one of the pistol grip ones.
    Having a set of taps and dies in SAE and Metric is handy. I have both. Any nut or bolt that gets a bit bunged up is easily fixed.
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    I believe Lee purposely designed that hollow handle as a weak link, so it would bend before you Break something else on the press. I'd just replace it with another original from Lee.
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    I was doing something to prove a point. I replaced my handle with an old Cadillac lug wrench. When I was done, I put the other one back. Get an old lug wrench and put a grip on it.

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    JonB made a good point. Handles are easy to replace.
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    Ok, I'm an idiot. I just measured them and they're 0.438" coated and 0.435" as cast. But that's a bit of a problem, because if I size before coating I'll need to lube them and then presumably remove the lube prior to coating. Maybe these just aren't good boolits for powder coating.

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    What is your sizing die size?

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    0.430"

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    Quote Originally Posted by bcr View Post
    Ok, I'm an idiot. I just measured them and they're 0.438" coated and 0.435" as cast. But that's a bit of a problem, because if I size before coating I'll need to lube them and then presumably remove the lube prior to coating. Maybe these just aren't good boolits for powder coating.

    that doesn't work out between my ears. why lube if you are PC'ing. am I reading wrong ? I have more ???? now
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    Quote Originally Posted by bcr View Post
    Ok, I'm an idiot. I just measured them and they're 0.438" coated and 0.435" as cast. But that's a bit of a problem, because if I size before coating I'll need to lube them and then presumably remove the lube prior to coating. Maybe these just aren't good boolits for powder coating.
    You can try sizing them 'naked', if that doesn't work, you can lube with a dish soap/water mix, they will cleanup easily.
    BUT, I would seek out a different mold if you prefer to PC your .430 boolits
    ...although, maybe sizing them fat boolits down is your preferred exercise regiment ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by nun2kute View Post
    that doesn't work out between my ears. why lube if you are PC'ing. am I reading wrong ? I have more ???? now
    if you don't lube the bullet before using a lee style push through sizer, you'll lead the die.
    so the op doesn't want to lube the bullet to size it, then clean the lube off to powder coat it.

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    Sounds like a lot of work. I would not want to tick you off!!!
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    Or use RCBS #2 case lube. Water soluble.

    Dillon's handles fit.
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    Lie previously mentioned, try using spray-on case lube (lanolin/alcohol) or try sizing in stages. (I've read where some people had luck using water to help with the sizing.

    How long did you wait after PCing to size?
    How hard an alloy were your using?

    I'd call Lee Precision | 4275 County Road U | Hartford, WI 53027 | phone (262) 673-3075 and see if they'll send you a replacement for free, otherwise, you'll either have to pay shipping and handling for a free replacement handle OR send the handle to them (you pay to ship NO handling) and they will send you a replacement for free.

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    I'm surprised the Lever Sleeve didn't break before the handle bent.
    I've broken two of the so far.
    Don't use the press anymore.
    It is a good press.

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