Tonight I'm going to bring you a review and demonstration of the Lee Turret Press for reloading. If you're interested in starting into the world of reloading, don't want to break your wallet, and enjoy loading multiple calibers of ammo, this review is for you. I'll leave the video here for ya, and will continue my written review below! (Don't forget to like, comment and subscribe on YouTube!)
The Lee Turret Press is a bit of an interesting animal. It's more convenient and easier to use than the Lee Breech Lock press you see in the background of the video. However, it's only slightly less expensive than the beefier, more thoughtfully designed Lee Classic Turret Press. In use, it works about as well, but there are some pros and cons to it. The press is extremely user-friendly. Changing out the die holder plates is quite easy, making reloading several calibers on this press a breeze. Once you have set up your dies for the calibers you reload on this press, all it takes is a simple lift/turn motion of the holder to remove the old and drop in the new. Changing out the safety prime system for large and small primer sizes is also simple. Moving the auto-disk from set to set could be easier, and setting it so that it does not contact the safety prime can occasionally be annoying.
My only real gripe about the press versus the Classic version is primer disposal. On the Classic Turret Press, the primers fall through the ram and into a collection tube that can either hold the spent primers, or be routed into a trash can. The regular Turret press, however, doesn't have quite as sophisticated a system. As you see in the video, spent primers drop through the loading ram and into the base of the press...sometimes. Other times they end up on your desk or floor. From there you have one of 3 options:
Functionality wise, it is much nicer than single stage loading in my opinion. For loading a decent amount of pistol loads accurately and quickly, I like it quite well. Obviously, it won't keep up with the much more expensive progressive set-ups, but it will handily beat the single stage. Since I reload a variety of pistol loads, from .380 up to .45 ACP, and several revolver cartridges, I really enjoy the quick change nature and versatility the Turret brings me.
Finally, perhaps the best part of the Lee presses: Price. From online retailers you can find the regular Turret press from about $60 up. I've seen the Classic somewhere around $90. Were I to purchase it all over again, I'd likely just invest in the classic. Also, accessories are pleasantly affordable. 4-hole discs run in the neighborhood of $10, 4 piece carbide die sets can be had in the $25-$30 range, and the safety prime/auto-disk set up can even be purchased as part of a kit with a scale if you're new to reloading.
In closing, while I like my press, I would highly recommend saving the extra money for the Classic version of the Turret Press. While the improvements aren't exactly ground breaking, they will make your loading experience much more pleasurable.