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.
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.