The Lee press is one of the most recognizable presses on the market. More than one generation has bent that page in the catalog and hoped that one day they would reload their own ammo. The Lee Precision Breech Lock Challenger Kit is one that resonates with single stage press users and brings all of those dreams to fruition. If you are a beginner or a hands-on professional, this Lee single stage press can scratch that itch for a price right around $100.
Buying a kit gets you almost everything you need to get started. I mention the “almost” part because you will of course need accessories particular to the caliber you are reloading. Almost any press will give you fairly accurate bullet depth seating with the right tools and dies. One of the biggest expenses for a reloader is the right die set. Since brand name can affect price and availability, I tend to stick to presses that have versatile, inexpensive and quality dies readily available. Before I proceed let me say that Lee dies will work in an RCBS press. However, Lee dies are designed for a Lee press, and the same can be said for RCBS.
Breech Lock Challenger Kit Overview
There’s quite a bit to be said about the Challenger Kit so let’s get right down to the benefits, features, and what’s included in the packaging.
The O-ring die seating ensures ease when changing from one die set to another. Unlike some press kits, this combo will bring [easyazon_image add_to_cart=”default” align=”right” asin=”B003ISVWC6″ cloaking=”default” height=”500″ localization=”default” locale=”US” nofollow=”default” new_window=”default” src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51FCVytGsIL.jpg” tag=”bestreloadingpress.net-20″ width=”500″]years of satisfaction from even the most finicky reloader. The Lee Breech Press kit is very complete. Several tools are included for brass preparation. The chamfering tool ensures the correct bevel on the mouth of the case.
The Value Case Trimmer means you can trim cases while on the press. A primer pocket cleaning tool for both large and small primers is included. Once the brass is prepared, Lee has incorporated everything needed to reload your ammo.
Use the included 11 auto-prime shell holders and 2 Auto-Prime XR’s to prime the cases. The Lee Perfect Powder Measure throws a fairly accurate charge. If you need to get more precise, or check your measurements, the included safety powder scale is very accurate. The “O” style press is sturdy and reliable. The long throw on the press arm is not only helpful when seating bullets, it also increases leverage and smoothness when resizing cases. Lee recently replaced the “Safety Prime” with a redesigned handheld primer. Those who prefer to prime off the press will appreciate the new Auto-Prime XR. The quick change bushings are superior but make sure to get extras for when you need them.
This is not a reloading kit designed for newbies, but a kit intended to reload ammo precisely on a budget. There are several reasons people associate this press with learning the art of reloading. First, the price is right. You can spend over $1000 for a press that turns out the same ammo. Second, the literature included with the kit make reloading results reliable, and extremely simple. Third, there is little need for overpriced dies, as many manufacturers already produce dies for almost every caliber that will fit the Lee Challenger press. All in all, the Lee Challenger Breech Lock kit is sturdy, affordable, and versatile.
- The Challenger Breech Lock Press,
- 2 Auto-Prime primers,
- 1 set of the most popular sized steel shell holders,
- one Breech lock quick change bushing,
- chamfering tool,
- press case prep tools,
- case trimmer,
- powder measure,
- Lee powder scale,
- primer pocket cleaning tool,
- powder funnel,
- and manuals.
The Lee Precision Challenger Breech Lock kit is a solid buy. There are upgrades available from Lee Precision to increase productivity. If you are loading precision target loads you will need some additional tools, but that is to be expected from any reloading kit. A micrometer, throat measuring tool, and a bullet depth measurement tool will have you punching cloverleaves when you hit the bang switch.
Lee Precision Breech Lock Challenger Press Overview
Alternatively to buying the kit, the Breech Lock Challenger Press can be purchase for about 40% less. Of all the creative styles used by press manufacturers, the “O” style is the strongest. Lee Precision includes this strength and simplicity in this single stage press.
One of the biggest advantages of the Challenger press is the use of the quick change die system made easy with breech lock bushings. Once you set your dies to your preferred settings, you can easily swap one caliber for another by removing one die set, and installing another without adjustment.
This beefy press includes an all steel linkage adjustable press handle length. This allows short, quick strokes for light work, and a longer throw when resizing tough cases. The large opening allows ease of access for the largest of magnums. Throw in the fact that many production dies are available for the Lee Precision press, and it is obviously a reloader’s friend. It’s a well-built press and extremely affordable, meaning you don’t need to take a step up to the next price range to get a Lee reloader kit or reloader press that does exactly what you need it to.