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Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Northern Berks County, PA
Lyman Turret press work
I ran across someone on a reloading group on Facebook who wanted to find a new home for a Lyman TMag Turret press in exchange for bullets he needed. I went through my bullet stash and I had some old stuff I long since haven't been using, and had no plans to use again, that he wanted. Done deal.
So I set up the press, replaced the primer arm he didn't have for it anymore, and then set it up with my 40/10mm dies, a powder-through expander, Lyman 55 measure, and a Lyman auto-primer system.
Yesterday, I got it all put together and got down to business. Well, got down to tinkering. I'm glad the kids weren't around to see/hear the start of this process...but eventually I think I got the stuff tweaked to point where it's running how I want. I need to refine my process a tad and get more practiced with it, but I loaded around 75 rounds last night, and I got it to about 30 seconds to take a fired/unprocessed brass and get a loaded/finished round. Definitely felt like a monkey with 6 thumbs as I started this, but I think I'm getting a hold of a good process.
Anyone else doing this kind of thing?
The way I set my press up was with my sizer on the die position with the primer system lugs. Next station clockwise holds a Lyman multi-expander powder-through die (this has multiple expander tubes to go from 32 cal to 45 cal). Into this is mounted a Lyman 55 measure. I set the measure for my charge of Longshot, set the expander to where I wanted. Next station going clockwise is the seat/crimp die.
So the process is.... Brass goes in, press stroke up, pops the primer and sizes the brass. The primer arm picks up a primer. When I bottom out the handle on the press, I push in the primer arm.
Bring down the ram, seat the primer. While seating the primer, I flip the turret to the expander. This moves the primer system out of position from the arm, so it won't take the next primer yet.
Lift the ram off the primer arm releasing it, and send it straight up into the expander. Bottom the press out, run the powder measure, and drop the ram all the way. One hand flips the turret, one grabs bullet.
Place the bullet, up into the seater/crimper.
Ram down, loaded and finished round out, next brass in. Flip turret all the way back, let the primer arm grab a new primer, and start over.
Because my press is the older t-mag, it has no handle on the turret. I'm thinking I may get a new turret with the handle slot and get a handle. That'll help a bit.
But using some care to make sure things go as I want, checking powder, etc., I'm running about 30 seconds a round from unprocessed brass to finished round. I only actually handle the brass once to put it in and once to take it out.
So far, I think it has potential. Not sure it's ended my interest in a progressive, but I think it'll keep my handguns fed with less bench time than I've been spending at a single stage RockChucker to do the same.