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Lee Precision Classic Cast Press Review

Lee is a name most reloaders know very well. Around folks who know guns and who know reloading, the name, Lee, instantly conjures up a picture of a classic, fire engine red single stage reloading press. The combination of the bright red and cast iron design has long given a Lee press it’s look and has been a standard in the reloading community.

Lee makes a wide variety of reloading equipment, from single stage and turret presses to scales and dies. Lee’s reputation has always been high. For most people of the gun, “Made in America” still means something. The Lee Precision Classic Cast Press is made here in America, with recycled iron from railroad tracks. There are no plastics, polymers, or aluminums in the Lee classic loader. There is just good old fashioned iron. The Lee Precision Classic Cast Press is guaranteed to give you decades of reliable service.

Lee Precision Classic Cast Press

The Classic Cast press is one of the most highly rated presses in reloading press reviews, and that’s not just due to the nearly perfect rating on Amazon.com. The Classic design and simplicity of use is an instant advantage to beginning reloaders. The [easyazon_image add_to_cart=”default” align=”left” asin=”B000KK93DA” cloaking=”default” height=”500″ localization=”default” locale=”US” nofollow=”default” new_window=”default” src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41NkMVnxwsL.jpg” tag=”bestreloadingpress.net-20″ width=”335″] single stage action is very simple and keeps reloading from being a daunting or intimidating task to a new shooter.  A single stage press allows a new reloader to intensely focus on the task without getting ahead of themselves. This allows for a safer reloading experience and allows one to learn the basics of reloading. Often the slower rate of reloading tends to produce more consistent and therefore more accurate ammunition.

With that being said the Lee Classic Cast Press shouldn’t be viewed as a simply a beginner’s press. The Lee classic loader is capable of reloading both pistol and rifle rounds. This kind of press is perfect for doing those heavy operations which could involve case resizing, necking down standard .30-06 to a .25-06, or just reforming the case.  This beast of a press can handle rounds all the way up to the 50 BMG round.  As a pistol ammunition reloader it’s perfect for beginners, but as a rifle round loader the press is not only excellent for beginners, but seasoned veterans as well.

Top Features to Consider

The overall construction of the press is wonderful. That good old American steel make this Lee classic loader a heavy beast. I strongly suggest a good bench to hold it securely, and drilling holes to sink the lag bolts. The handle itself provides the longest stroke available, but is adjustable to provide the smallest amount of travel necessary. The handle can also be set up for right or left. A standard set up for right handers can be a real deal breaker for us south paws.

The Lee Precision Cast Press also features two primer arms, one arm for large primers, and one arm for small primers. The design also allows the primers to drop to a trash bin below the ram, which makes reloading more convenient and less messy. Less time spent cleaning is more time spent reloading. The Start and Stop position is adjustable with a ratchet style handle clamp that features a 48 tooth design. If you’re a reloader that commonly uses 1 1/4″ dies, then this Classic Cast is a great option because it accepts the larger dies.

The Lee Precision Cast Press often gets high press on any number of reloading press review sites not only for it’s heavy duty construction and plethora of features, but it’s cost. The Lee Precision Classic Cast Press costs well under what most presses with these features normally cost. It’s comparable to the Rock Chucker Supreme in consistency and performance, but at just a fraction of the cost. Many swear by the Lee because it’s so similar and can’t justify the price difference versus the RCBS. At just over $100 you may be able to find cheaper presses out there, but if you are, they are most likely barebones presses without the ambidextrous handle, made in China, or the maker uses polymers or aluminum in it’s construction. For the price, reliability, and positive reviews, this press is worth taking a chance on.

Lee also stands behind their products and if there’s a problem, malfunction, or break, they’ll fix it to the best of their ability. That’ll help you sleep better at night.


So what’s the catch? Well there isn’t a lot to dislike about the Lee Precision Cast Press. The biggest flaw if you want to call it that is the speed in which one can reload. Reloading a bulk amount of pistol ammo is going to take a little longer with a single stage press. This is true for all single stage presses, and isn’t specific to this press.

The only other small quibble I had was the handle. The handle is a hollow shaft with a ball mounted at the top. Some may prefer the ball for leverage but I’ve always preferred a straight handle, but this is purely a personal preference.

From the beginner to the expert rifleman, the Lee Precision Classic Cast Press is an excellent press made from the utmost highest quality components. The press is slam full of excellent  features at a very competitive price. Fire this one up and get started within the day.