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Lee Turret selection and setup help

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So I have decided to get a lee turret. What do I need to get with it. Which lee turret should I get? I figure a 4 hole turret. Set of dies. But what extra stuff should I get? Case feeder? Which powder measure, which primer system, etc. Just want to know what stuff is worth getting and what is superfluous.
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The Lee balance scale works! it is .3 grains over but it works. :p

I did not have a choice about the scale because it came with the Lee Turret kit but i have since upgraded to a Hornady GS 1500 and it works well for now.

Caliper is a must and adjustable charge bar is a life saver. Let us know what calibers you intend on reloading and we might be able to give you more info on things that you will need.
In that case, make sure you get spare turrets and have your dies pre-installed on them. I makes caliber changes a snap. Having extra Lee Pro-Auto Disk Measure pre-installed on each caliber is also a time saver.

Lee case trimmers will be needed for rifle brass but not necessary for pistol.
You are correct.
Your Lee beam scale works that well? :) Unfortunately, mine was all over the place. I think it's hit or miss with these scales. Some folks seem to get fine results, other chuck them quick. Lee's idea of a knife edge being a thin piece/sheet of metal definitely saves money but it's no wonder some work ok and some dont.
Good thing i was staying within recommended ranges based on Hodgdon website data which is on the low side anyway. :p
I find that the Lee scale is actually quite accurate and repeatable. I'm not going to argue that there aren't "better" scales based on differing criteria, but accuracy is not a problem with it. I will argue that all balance beam scales lie when they are not moving as I learned in chemistry. Most people (and I'm not implying you are one of them) don't know how to properly use a balance beam, especially when trickling powder.

ETA: my Lee scale is accurate to within the 0.1 grain accuracy claim Lee makes.
I could attest to repeatable but again in my case it is repeatably .3 grains over when checked against my digital scale.
Digital scale is calibrated with check weight and zeroed every session and the scale does not more from that position. Balance scale is zeroed every session.

I did notice that with the digital that when i had it set up next to my refridgerator that everytime the compressor turns on the scale would be everywhere. so I moved it to a better location.

I think the important thing about the Lee balance scale is that it definitely needs to be read at eye level. the pointer and the mark on the base needs some improvement.
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