This is a single stage auxiliary press that I use for reloading. It is rather tough so if I need to swage pockets I will go with this one. If I have to deviate from my reloading plan I can always set up this press and not have to alter my main press. I have also used it a bit to experiment with making some of my own dies. The head is replaceable so I could use dies other than 7/8-14 or even use it for pressing bearings etc.
Mostly aluminum with two 1018 steel links. The handle was a piece of pipe from the scrap box. The ram was a find on eBay which saved quite a bit of time.
It is for 7/8-14 dies.
No problem so far but I don't leave the dies in the press for extended periods of time. If I do think there is a problem with galling or seizing with the aluminum I apply a bit of Noalox to the threads. I have a 16 ounce bottle that I used 40 years ago for the aluminum wiring connections in my old house. I took every wire nutted joint apart and put a dab of it into every one as well as all of the screw connections in every outlet and circuit breaker. I do not like aluminum wiring in the house. The new house 1992 ( if that is new) has copper wiring. I still have 85% of that bottle of Noalox (made by Ideal) and use a dab every once in a while.
They still make it:
I'd probably use a light coating of anti-seize compound $6-10 for a lifetime supply, The Noalox works because you have a lifetime supply but it has silicone dioxide in it and not sure how it would react with the hard dies?
I remember that stuff and totally agree about AL wiring or mixing it with CU. Back in the mid 80's I redesign the company's shop areas to reduce them from 5 buildings to 2. Unbelievable what we found in the walls of our test bays which had 120V, 230V, 360V & 480V setups up to 30-40amps circuits. The E-Contractor was a friend of mine and called me to come and see...OMG...AL to copper with screw clamps and E-tape around, not only in the boxes but in the walls and panels. Needless to say went all New CU proper gauge, a new 1200 amp transformer, panels, proper plugs/receptacles...and made every test bay be able to test any unit. That was some scary stuff!
Thanks again and for letting Peabody out of the box for awhile. ~PJ
Hi Bruce, Thanks for the comment.
That Lee Classic Cast is a very good press. I have had a Dillon RL 450 progressive, RCBS Rock Chucker, and RCBS Jr back in the day. Sold all of that about 10 years back and then my son got me back into reloading about a year ago. I never liked the full progressive system. Too much happening at once and if you needed to re-check something you had 4 rounds in various conditions. I came up with my own method of "progressive" that was less efficient for fast production but it was better for my piece of mind. So this time around I bought the Lee Classic Turret press and again have my own method of the reloading sequence but I really like being able to set up all the dies once and not having to reconfigure them every time I change calibers.
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