Need Some Press Wisdom

Ian

Notorious member
I didn't even post in that thread even though I was being accused of destroying half of Florida.

Bret's right, the "do your own research" thing kinda ticked me off, too. By and large we're a sharing group and unless the only way to know is you absolutely have to do and see, how about help your fellow handloaders out? Take a minute to answer questions. If someone wants me to explain my opinions or statements of fact, how I know or what specifically makes me think a certain way, I'll be happy to explain. I expect the same from everyone else who offers opinions, advice, or makes assertions.
 

richhodg66

Well-Known Member
I actually used one of those little Lee scales and thought it was OK, never put it to any serious test, but never blew up a gun either and also loaded some pretty good ammo over the course of quite a few years. I use an RCBS one now, mainly started because I couldn't really weigh bullets on the Lee, but the Lee is surely the simplest and easiest to use. I have several scales now and don't even really know where my old Lee is now.

I've been accused of being a Lee basher, may be some truth to it, but some of their items really are better than they should be.
 

richhodg66

Well-Known Member
I didn't even post in that thread even though I was being accused of destroying half of Florida.

Bret's right, the "do your own research" thing kinda ticked me off, too. By and large we're a sharing group and unless the only way to know is you absolutely have to do and see, how about help your fellow handloaders out? Take a minute to answer questions. If someone wants me to explain my opinions or statements of fact, how I know or what specifically makes me think a certain way, I'll be happy to explain. I expect the same from everyone else who offers opinions, advice, or makes assertions.
I just intensely dislike people who can't think and just blindly parrot things they've been told. Especially when they do it in a snotty way. Snobs in general piss me off; "mine is the most expensive, so it has to be the best".

About the only thing worse is a hypocrite.

I'm a pretty easy going guy, but there are a few things that set me off. A character flaw, perhaps, but no one can fault me for not being honest.
 

Bret4207

Northern NY Dangerous extremist...???
Ok, but that's part of the design of the CoAx and it DOES work, to an extent at least. I get what you are saying, (HARDCAST is my trigger word!!!), but he wasn't just repeating advertising hype.
 

porthos

Active Member
well guys; lets look at who started this. i stated that forester and mec are the 2 most accurate presses for case and bullet runout. then ranchdog stepped in and said "who told you that forester". if he would have been civil and not have said that, none of this would have started. put the blame where it started.
 

Glaciers

Alaska Land of the Midnight Sun
well guys; lets look at who started this. i stated that forester and mec are the 2 most accurate presses for case and bullet runout. then ranchdog stepped in and said "who told you that forester". if he would have been civil and not have said that, none of this would have started. put the blame where it started.
Best thing to do is just let it go.
You’re both right or you’re both wrong. So what.
There’s no reason to subject the rest of us to this.
Not trying to pick at either one of you, but move on.
 

Jeff H

NW Ohio
I second @Glaciers 's motion.

Neither party gains or loses anything (so far). I respect eithers original opinion and can't personally see any greater value in one over the other, so it's a draw from where I stand. From neither ambivalence, nor indifference, neither original opinion on the matter was wrong.

Where things go from here could be, because we can go from not being wrong to being very not right easily enough.

I'd just as soon move on while we can all still tolerate each other enough to to share a rare and appreciated "venue," at which we CAN express our opinions, whether everyone else likes them or not, without getting beat up over it. People here have tolerated ME harping about LEE, Charter Arms and "cheap, Japanese scopes" for several years. I've had to fight most of my life. I like being able to come here and take a break from it.
 

Brad

Benevolent Overlord and site owner
Staff member
Guys, it is a frickin press. Some have good luck with a company, some don’t. In the end does it matter as long as you are happy with what you have?

I tend to avoid this kind of pissing contest because in the end I don’t care what someone else likes.

Let’s keep it civil
 

Wasalmonslayer

Well-Known Member
Well got the cast lee press setup last night and worked thru a bunch of brass getting ready to load some 6.5 creed, 7.63x39, 22-250 and so far it really seems solid and function very well. Leverage seems good too.
Once I get into bullet seating I’ll let you know how’s things are progressing.
Catches spent primers very well will also update on press priming once I start that.
 

Ian

Notorious member
On press priming sucks in my experience with three of them. It just won't seat that last bit. It's not primer ram protrusion although you might thing it is, it's just smack out of leverage is all. I'm at some point going to make a primer punch as long as I possibly can and still have the press index and see if that doesn't solve the issue.
 

Jeff H

NW Ohio
.....Thanks to Creeker for the straw trick. Mine now captures them far more reliably.

OK, sorry, this is my tired, old LEE yammering* again, but the first original turret press I bought would pitch every last spent primer against the priming arm and bank it right into the spent primer reservoir, no fail.

The second one I bought, not so much. 50/50, maybe, sometimes. Infuriating. I modified the priming arm and improved the ratio by quite a bit, but not nearly enough. Eventually, when a chicken my wife adopted, who followed me EVERYWHERE (the chicken, not my wife), seemed to find spent primers very tasty, gobbled every one of them she could, right off the shop floor.

So, I fashioned a fancy spent primer deflector from the plastic cover of an expended spiral-bound notebook. After several prototypes, I was catching 98% of the spent primers. That *&#^%@$ chicken would FIND the errant two percent!

That genius, @Creeker , with his drinking straw trick put us back into fresh eggs, because I wasn't eating them while the chicken was eating spent primers!

*To everyone's credit, no one has complained, but I just feel bad about it sometimes.