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Old March 26th, 2017, 06:03 AM   #1
 
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Lee Single stage press and discrading primers

Hi all,

My only reloading press is a Lee single stage C press. Due to funds and my low reloading volume a single stage press is fin for me. The only issue I'm running into is that the presses cavity where the spent primers go into during the gets filled up and it's a mess to clean it up as this press doesn't have a tube that allows the primers to fall into a trash can.

Does anyone out there have any sort of setup for this type of single stage press that would all the spent primers to drop into a trash can during the decapping stage?

Cutting a grove into the wood where the press is bolted to is not an option as carbon will get all over my reloading bench which is also my work bench.



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Old March 26th, 2017, 06:19 AM   #2
 
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I also have a Lee single stage, and it is also fine for me and for the same reasons you stated. Can you post a pic? My LEE presses out the primers, they are deflected into a cavity by the primer insertions tool and then they do fall into a collection tube. I am not certain how yours is set up differently than mine. A pic would help
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Seems like rojasj, the OP, really does have a C-frame press (the breech-lock model), but the one which Carolus64 showed is NOT a C-frame press. The instructions for the C-frame press don't even mention the primers during resizing, which is strange. And there is no apparent way for the primers to drop free of the press. Very curious to me, an otherwise big Lee supporter.
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I use the Breech-lock press and made a set up similar to what you see in the instructions in the upper left corner in the link below. I catch most of the primers, but there are always a few that get away or hung up near the slot leading to the little bin I use.

http://leeprecision.com/cgi-data/instruct/CF1391.pdf
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I picked a location where i planned for mine to stay and used a hole saw to cut a hole in the work surface under the press body big enough for the spent primers to fall down through into a small plastic container on the shelf underneath.
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let me try this again

I posted one reply concerning the comparison of my Lee press to the original questioner's version. I had assumed they were quite similar....WRONG. You know what they say about ASSumptions, and I made an *** out of myself. I looked at a few YOUTUBE videos of guys using the C frame Lee presses and sure enough there were primers just falling on the floor. One guy had his son there to chase them all down. What a pain. I would say the version that catches the primers and sends them down a tube is better. Maybe you can rig up some type of deflector and catcher system.
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I picked a location where i planned for mine to stay and used a hole saw to cut a hole in the work surface under the press body big enough for the spent primers to fall down through into a small plastic container on the shelf underneath.
I thought about doing the same, but my setup is configured in such as way that my press is bolted onto a piece of wood and then held onto my bench with C-clamps. This way if I need the bench space I just remove the press and powder measure.
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You need some sort of a catch tray/pan assembly etc like a RCBS reloading press has. Any thoughts of a small plastic/ rubber garbage can just under your lee press?? Just a thought.
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For what it's worth, I have a little LEE RELOADER press.

https://www.midwayusa.com/product/80...le-stage-press

I have it set up with a universal depriming die, and that's all I use it for as I do the rest of the reloading on my 'Chucker. I deprime before tumbling my cases.

There is a little slot in the lower front of the press frame. When the spent primer is pushed out of the case at the top of the stroke, the primer falls down inside a groove in the back side of the ram and actually "hops" over thru that slot (usually), into the hollow base of the press. With the press bolted down, there is no way to remove spent primers without demounting the press, unless . . .

I drilled a 1/2" diameter hole in my bench top directly under the press and inserted a length of similar-sized plastic tubing so that it just came flush with the top of the bench and then remounted the press. Spent primers drop into the base of the press and go right on thru the tubing into my wastebasket. Simple.


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The link mnh2obuff provided is the answer. Just like the old style turret press, the used primers are collected in the bottom of the press. My turret was mounted on a Rock Dock and I cut a hole in the mounting plate so whenever I removed the press from the RockDock the primers would fall through the hole, to a waiting bucket. http://leeprecision.com/cgi-data/instruct/CF1391.pdf Look at first 3 pics in the top left of the page. Second and third pictures shows how to fabricate a spent primer reservoir...
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For what it's worth, I have a little LEE RELOADER press.

I have it set up with a universal depriming die, and that's all I use it for as I do the rest of the reloading on my 'Chucker. I deprime before tumbling my cases.

There is a little slot in the lower front of the press frame. When the spent primer is pushed out of the case at the top of the stroke, the primer falls down inside a groove in the back side of the ram and actually "hops" over thru that slot (usually), into the hollow base of the press. With the press bolted down, there is no way to remove spent primers without demounting the press, unless . . .

I drilled a 1/2" diameter hole in my bench top directly under the press and inserted a length of similar-sized plastic tubing so that it just came flush with the top of the bench and then remounted the press. Spent primers drop into the base of the press and go right on thru the tubing into my wastebasket. Simple.

Ironically I was thinking about doing just the same thing with this Lee press and dedicating it to just depriming by mounting it on a longer piece of wood with a hole cut out in the middle of it and getting a lee Classic Turrent press to reload with.
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I caved in and ordered a Lee Classic Turret press and two extra turrets. Although right now it's a bit of a money stretch.

I grabbed my trusty old jig saw, cut out an opening on the wood base for my single stage Lee C press. Underneath the cut out hole I attached a funnel with a tube that leads down to a small bucket which catches the spent primers.

Tada....
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"A Pain in the Arse is the Mother of Invention", to paraphrase. Good solution to your primer problems! I'm sure you're gonna like your turret and you'll always find a use for your single stage too...
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My Lee turret press arrived yesterday. I have not had much time to look at it other than to open the box and quickly make sure all the parts are in there.

One very obvious observation, it's so loaded with protective oil that I have to wonder if the factory dipped it in a 10 gallon aquarium full of oil before the packed it up.
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It's common practice to put a heavy oil on machined arts/ tools/equipment after production. No telling how long after manufacture the products will sit in the box before it reaches the end user. I'd rather clean up oil from a brand new press than rust...
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