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    Turret press users question.

    Curiosity struck me this morning while using my Dillon press. While I am not considering the purchase of one, how do you here who have a turret press use the turret? Do you keep turning the turret on a single piece of brass? Or, do you size all of your brass and then rotate to the powder dispenser and fill all of your cases, then the same for the seating die? I think mostly I am curious about the time saving aspect of a turret press if there is any.
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    I have a 4 die set mounted in my turret. I insert 1 piece of brass. First pull it decaps and resizes and on upstroke I insert a new primer. Next pull it flares the mouth and drops powder. I set a bullet in place and next pull seats it. Next pull advances final die which is the factory crimp die. That's 4 pulls of the handle and completed cartridge comes out. I do 100 rounds in about 1.25hr. That's from getting out the components I am using, checking the book for correct load, zero the scale, load the ammo, put everything away, label the ammo just loaded and document the load in my log book. On my Lee press the turret auto advances to the next die with each pull of the handle, but that feature is easily disabled so that you can advance the turret by hand if you wish. I could go faster but I don't care too
    A big time save is the caliber change. I have turrets set up with each of my die sets already installed and set up. I just have to remove one turret and drop in another, then swap shell holders and I have switched calibers. The other time saver is I touch each piece of brass only twice. Once to put it in and once to take it out as a cartridge. If you batch load where you a decap/resize a batch, than rotate the turret to flare and drop powder in each, the rotate and insert each piece to seat a bullet etc you handle each piece of brass 8 times
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    Quote Originally Posted by jonesy814 View Post
    I have a 4 die set mounted in my turret. I insert 1 piece of brass. First pull it decaps and resizes and on upstroke I insert a new primer. Next pull it flares the mouth and drops powder. I set a bullet in place and next pull seats it. Next pull advances final die which is the factory crimp die. That's 4 pulls of the handle and completed cartridge comes out. I do 100 rounds in about 1.25hr. That's from getting out the components I am using, checking the book for correct load, zero the scale, load the ammo, put everything away, label the ammo just loaded and document the load in my log book. On my Lee press the turret auto advances to the next die with each pull of the handle, but that feature is easily disabled so that you can advance the turret by hand if you wish. I could go faster but I don't care too
    A big time save is the caliber change. I have turrets set up with each of my die sets already installed and set up. I just have to remove one turret and drop in another, then swap shell holders and I have switched calibers. The other time saver is I touch each piece of brass only twice. Once to put it in and once to take it out as a cartridge. If you batch load where you a decap/resize a batch, than rotate the turret to flare and drop powder in each, the rotate and insert each piece to seat a bullet etc you handle each piece of brass 8 times

    Yep mate, and you have had your moneys worth I prefer a different system, but its all good...

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonesy814 View Post
    I have a 4 die set mounted in my turret. I insert 1 piece of brass. First pull it decaps and resizes and on upstroke I insert a new primer. Next pull it flares the mouth and drops powder. I set a bullet in place and next pull seats it. Next pull advances final die which is the factory crimp die. That's 4 pulls of the handle and completed cartridge comes out. I do 100 rounds in about 1.25hr. That's from getting out the components I am using, checking the book for correct load, zero the scale, load the ammo, put everything away, label the ammo just loaded and document the load in my log book. On my Lee press the turret auto advances to the next die with each pull of the handle, but that feature is easily disabled so that you can advance the turret by hand if you wish. I could go faster but I don't care too
    A big time save is the caliber change. I have turrets set up with each of my die sets already installed and set up. I just have to remove one turret and drop in another, then swap shell holders and I have switched calibers. The other time saver is I touch each piece of brass only twice. Once to put it in and once to take it out as a cartridge. If you batch load where you a decap/resize a batch, than rotate the turret to flare and drop powder in each, the rotate and insert each piece to seat a bullet etc you handle each piece of brass 8 times
    What he said^^

    The main "advantage of a Lee AUTO Turret is that you only handle the piece of brass once. As compared to using a single stage and batch loading.

    The Lee auto indexes (or you can use it as a single stage) Other turrets like the Lyman you manually index to each die.

    Caliber change is the easiest thing to do, Just pull the turret (with dies) out and insert another caliber, adjust the powder measure (some even have several powder measure.

    In some ways I prefer the LCTP over my HLNL AP
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    I use Lyman All Americans which do not have auto advance. I decap before I wet tumble so when it comes time to load I pile some brass on the bench and start expanding and seating primers. I do this until I have all 4 loading blocks full (200 rounds). Then I drop the powder in all 200 and clean up the powder measure. Then I just start seating bullets until I'm done. For a caliber change I slide the current press off the bench and slide another press on. Each press also has its own powder measure that is labeled with the charge it's set at. Takes me about 90 min. to load 200 rounds.

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    I use a Redding T8 and keep my dies in the turret, set, all the time. I change calibers and change turret's.

    Guess if I loaded handgun rounds a lot, I might (say might consider a Dillon) but I don't so no Dillon here and never will be. Would be a waste of money for me.
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    I also have a Redding Turret press.

    I have turrets setup to have two dedicated 3 die sets for .38 Special/.357 Magnum, .44 Special/.44 Magnum. and .32 H&R Magnum./.327 Federal Magnum., and .40 S&W/10 mm (with the additional taper crimp die), so I don't have to mess with adjusting a single set of dies back and forth for the differences in case length.

    I also have single turrets setup for 9mm & .45 acp and .41 Magnum & .45 Colt.

    I prefer to prime and powder charge as "stand alone" steps, so I run all of the brass through the resize/decapper die, then the case mouth expander.

    I do the hand priming usually while watching the boob tube, and then back at the bench throw the powder changes with the cases in a loading tray, then I place a bullet on the case in the loading tray and run them all though the seating die.

    If you reload many different cartridges, the ease in changeability/setup, is where the turret press for me shines. Swap a turret and shell holder, or just a shell holder and off you go.
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    I use the turret press to decap, size and prime while watching TV or such. I then use a Progressive Lee press with a case and bullet feeder to do the rest. I use a Factory Crimp dyne for pistoling cartridges. As others have said caliber changes are supper easy on the turret press.
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    Turret press Lyman acquired in the previous century also displaced by a Dillon 550 progressive during that century also. As this is written in addition to the Dillon 550 a Redding single stage press, two Dillon SDB units, one dedicated to 45ACP and the other 9X19mm. To be bluntly honest, I simply did see the advantage of the turret press.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gunhacker View Post
    I also have a Redding Turret press.

    I have turrets setup to have two dedicated 3 die sets for .38 Special/.357 Magnum, .44 Special/.44 Magnum. and .32 H&R Magnum./.327 Federal Magnum., and .40 S&W/10 mm (with the additional taper crimp die), so I don't have to mess with adjusting a single set of dies back and forth for the differences in case length.

    I also have single turrets setup for 9mm & .45 acp and .41 Magnum & .45 Colt.

    I prefer to prime and powder charge as "stand alone" steps, so I run all of the brass through the resize/decapper die, then the case mouth expander.

    I do the hand priming usually while watching the boob tube, and then back at the bench throw the powder changes with the cases in a loading tray, then I place a bullet on the case in the loading tray and run them all though the seating die.

    If you reload many different cartridges, the ease in changeability/setup, is where the turret press for me shines. Swap a turret and shell holder, or just a shell holder and off you go.

    The 2 things I like about the Redding is, One, it's stout and it don't flex at all. Big consideration for me when sizing and bumping magnum rifle cases and two, the heads. I load each caliber in a head, adjust the dies and when done, put it away. The dies star in the head (turret) all the time and swapping turrets is easy and quick. I h=ave a Rockchucker that I keep a dedicated decap die in just for popping primers. I don't use a decap pin in a die, never have. I dedicated decap die has a much stronger decap pin. The Lyman decap die I have, I can actually take a case with a european style primer and drill right through the case head and pop the primer without breaking the decap pin. Of course the case is no good, but I can do it, the dedicated decap dies are that strong.
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