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Old 01-21-2020, 12:50 PM
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Lee 3 hole turret press

I have been using the Lee turret press since the late eighties. It is the three hole turret press. The linkage broke on it and Lee wanted to send me a 4-hole press in its place. Replacing the 8 turrets that I have on the Shelf would cost me more than the price of the new press, so I declined. They were able to scrape up repair parts and I'm back up and running.

I also realized that it would take one more stroke to produce a single round of ammo, making the four-hole turret less productive than the 3-hole turret! I deprime, resize and Prime off the press.

Is anyone else running with the 3-hole turret press?
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Old 01-21-2020, 01:55 PM
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I started with Lee turret presses, they work and you found out that they last pretty long.
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Old 01-22-2020, 06:25 AM
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Well, that’s one way to look at it, but the design for the 4 holer is to save the step of resizing off the press. That 4th hole is there for a reason....to save time.
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Old 01-22-2020, 06:30 AM
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I've been using one since 1983. In 2013 the base had a crack in it by the roll pin. I sent it back for "an evaluation" of it's problem. A couple of weeks later Lee sent it back in like new condition. They fixed it and it's still making quality ammunition. Great company.
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Old 01-22-2020, 07:05 AM
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Well, that’s one way to look at it, but the design for the 4 holer is to save the step of resizing off the press. That 4th hole is there for a reason....to save time.
It can be what you want, but the 4-hole supports Lee's four-die set.
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Old 01-22-2020, 08:17 AM
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It can be what you want, but the 4-hole supports Lee's four-die set.
An improvement, IMHO, over a 3-hole, 3 die operation.
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Old 01-23-2020, 07:00 AM
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RealGun, Everything is relative.....Either you want to make ammo fast, take it slow on a SS, or somewhere in between. Obviously the OP is kinda stuck with the 3 holer since he has invested in 8 turrets. It will never change the fact that the 4 holer was introduced as an improvement to allow for crimping in a separate station. Yes, you can do it any way you want, but it won’t change the companies “intended” process.
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Old 01-25-2020, 06:26 AM
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RealGun, Everything is relative.....Either you want to make ammo fast, take it slow on a SS, or somewhere in between. Obviously the OP is kinda stuck with the 3 holer since he has invested in 8 turrets. It will never change the fact that the 4 holer was introduced as an improvement to allow for crimping in a separate station. Yes, you can do it any way you want, but it won’t change the companies “intended” process.
Must be a slow debating day.
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Old 01-25-2020, 08:12 AM
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Sorry, my stupid knee jerked. I had misinterpreted your post.
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Old 01-25-2020, 09:24 AM
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I also realized that it would take one more stroke to produce a single round of ammo, making the four-hole turret less productive than the 3-hole turret! I deprime, resize and Prime off the press.
Don't you pull the lever on another press to decap, resize and prime? Seems the 4th stroke would just replace one of those "off that press" strokes.

I do get the investment in turrets though, that is significant...
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Old 02-09-2020, 09:38 AM
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I have a new turret press and the manual states the 4th hole is for a factory crimp die. I bought one and use it when loading 6.8 SPC.
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