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Thats not supposed to happen!

Think 40+ years of use finally set in. I was powder charging a 45lc case. Heard a wierd crack sound. The the next down stroke it let loose.
 

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I have that same press. I use it for 5.7x28 and for decapping. Keeping it running right and straight has been a pain. I did get it figured out how not to stress it. I'm not saying you did anything wrong, just what I was doing/experiencing. Do they have a lifetime warrantee? If not, I'll send you mine for free! 1 reloader to another it'll be my pleasure to help!
 
My 550 didn't have enough room for 338lm's, so I bought (while it was on sale) a classic cast single for the 1.25" dies and an APP while it was on sale too.
 
I have that same press. I use it for 5.7x28 and for decapping. Keeping it running right and straight has been a pain. I did get it figured out how not to stress it. I'm not saying you did anything wrong, just what I was doing/experiencing. Do they have a lifetime warrantee? If not, I'll send you mine for free! 1 reloader to another it'll be my pleasure to help!
Thanks I'm calling them today. See what they say. But iam not in the least upset.
 
Ok talked to Lee, if I send the parts back on my dime. They will sell me a new press for 35 bucks. Plus shipping. Lifetime warranty went bye bye several years back the lady told me. We agreed it was money ahead for me to buy from MidwayUSA. They have them 47.88 shipped. So that's the poop!
 

dramey

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I use an RCBS press. It has loaded hundreds of .375 H&H & .45-70, thousands of .30-06, .22-250, .38 special, .357 magnum, .41 magnum, & .45 acp and hundreds of .460 Rowland. The press looks new and I bought the press in the 1970’s. I don’t think I have ever heard of an RCBS, Redding, Lyman, Hornady, Dillon, or Forster press breaking. I have heard of Lee presses breaking before.
 
I use an RCBS press. It has loaded hundreds of .375 H&H & .45-70, thousands of .30-06, .22-250, .38 special, .357 magnum, .41 magnum, & .45 acp and hundreds of .460 Rowland. The press looks new and I bought the press in the 1970’s. I don’t think I have ever heard of an RCBS, Redding, Lyman, Hornady, Dillon, or Forster press breaking. I have heard of Lee presses breaking before.
I have had a few breakage issues with my 550, but nothing major and was fixed for free. Lee's cast iron presses are tough and heavy.
 
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