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Old April 9th, 2017, 04:49 PM   #1
 
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A little hint for the Lee Turret Press user

One of the big complaints I read about on the net from folks who own the Lee Turret Press is that if they use the auto index the little plastic nut will wear out, and it is very true it will. But, I have found if you use a little silicone in the right places the little nut will last for thousands of index's. I take a cleaning patch and spray the silicone on it, then rub the outside of the die holder and the inside of the press where it rides, as well as the little doo hickey that makes it auto index, I rub it all the way up and down with the silicone patch. Since I started doing that I can't remember the last time I had to change the plastic nut. Give it a try.



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Nice tip, G Man. I'll try it.
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Thank you. I use the Lee Turret press and appreciate the advice.

Now if I can only figure out a convenient way to channel the spent primers into some sort of container...

(I'm using the older Lee Turret Press, not the Classic Lee Turret with the dedicated spent primer chute.
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After mine broke, I just turn it by hand. No worries about short stroking it, and easier to verify powder level. That said, I'm 100% satisfied with it. I've loaded thousands of rounds in many calibers. I don't have a want for one of the "Blue" ones.
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I have the Lee Classic I bought years ago, has the primer drop tube. One of the first things I did was to disconnect the gizmo that indexes the turret. I also glued a little piece of plastic on the ram to keep spent primers from flying out. I use a Lee auto bench primer instead of the press primer or hand primer. It works great and my hand doesn't get sore from using a hand primer. It's fast to use too.
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I read the same thing when I bought mine 3 years ago. I'm into it about 5000 rds and haven't replaced anything. I do prime on a RCBS bench primer though.
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After mine broke, I just turn it by hand. No worries about short stroking it, and easier to verify powder level. That said, I'm 100% satisfied with it. I've loaded thousands of rounds in many calibers. I don't have a want for one of the "Blue" ones.
The plastic nut is about a $1 or so & Lee will probably send you one for free if you ask nice. When I have asked for small parts, that's what they did.
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The plastic nut is about a $1 or so & Lee will probably send you one for free if you ask nice. When I have asked for small parts, that's what they did.
I ordered ten of those little plastic nuts and spare index rod. Lee sent me everything at no cost for a small shipping fee.
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One of the big complaints I read about on the net from folks who own the Lee Turret Press is that if they use the auto index the little plastic nut will wear out, and it is very true it will. But, I have found if you use a little silicone in the right places the little nut will last for thousands of index's. I take a cleaning patch and spray the silicone on it, then rub the outside of the die holder and the inside of the press where it rides, as well as the little doo hickey that makes it auto index, I rub it all the way up and down with the silicone patch. Since I started doing that I can't remember the last time I had to change the plastic nut. Give it a try.
I have used my classic turret a lot but have only replaced the plastic indexer once. I learned that 1) the turret will rotate freely with no damage, if at half stroke, and 2) when the turret offers resistance, spray a little One Shot at the base of the turret. Take it easy on the lever stroke for a bit to avoid overshooting the next station.
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I've reloaded 6-7 thousand rounds and no issues.
So far.
Will keep this in mind.

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Thanks for the advice gunman. I ordered two from Lee for when the part fails, which it hasn't yet. I disconnect the auto index when I load rifle but it's got to work for loading my 9mm Luger or I'd go nuts.
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I think I put to of the spacers on mine, and just ordered a extra one to have in parts bin.

I do tend to index by hand, since hand prime, and often use pourer. Also don't have to go all the way down then.
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Thanks so much for the tip. Just getting started with a new Lee Classic turret press and the plastic nut will be silicon treated. But also ordering backup parts just in case.
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They are made in WI, so I have ordered from them. Cabelas carry's lots of parts too. When I buy a part, I buy one or two more typically.
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Thanks for the tip but mine Turret has approx 5,000 rounds or more thru it and I'm still on the original "plastic nut". Not sure why others say it wears out so fast but I have a spare just in case it's needed. It might be something to mention but mine does not seem to be made of plastic but rather a composite-type material as it is very hard and shows no wear after this many rounds. Thanks again for the useful tip.
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