Lee Load Master Turret Holder

After mounting up my Lee Load Master I discovered I need a place to store my Turrets.

I got 2 pieces of pine, 10x12x1 inch

Lee Load Master Turret Holder

Glued them together:

Lee Load Master Turret Holder

Then I drilled in 3 – 4 inch holes

Lee Load Master Turret Holder

On another piece of pine I used the turret as a template and marked the die holes:

Lee Load Master Turret Holder

Lee Load Master Turret Holder

Then I drilled them out:

Lee Load Master Turret Holder

Using my trim router I took the edge off everything:

Lee Load Master Turret Holder

And glued it together:

Lee Load Master Turret Holder

I cleaned up all the outside edged on the table saw, added the french cleat to the back and put a coat of varnish on:

Lee Load Master Turret Holder

Lee Load Master Turret Holder

I’ll get an action shot in here when I get the turrets setup.

Maintaining the Lee Automatic Processing Press (APP)

After decapping around 3K of once fired 223 brass the APP started acting finicky, the long spring would bind and the red feeder was getting ‘gritty’ . I contacted Lee to see what they recommended for maintenance. Here is their reply (I changed the employee name to LeeDude):

LeeDude @ Lee Precision

Staff – 07/27/2020 9:27 am

Keep the black slide rail clean.
Lubricate the two steel columns the upper toolhead rides on, with oil.

Sincerely,
LeeDude

Lee Precision, Inc.
4275 County Road U
Hartford, WI 53027

Easy enough, here is how I did it.

Got everything I needed together and took it apart:

Maintaining the Lee Automatic Processing Press
Stuff I used

You can see the build up on the Black Slide Rail:

Maintaining the Lee Automatic Processing Press
APP MOLDED PARTS Dirty

There was also build up on the top and bottom of the Molded parts riser:

Maintaining the Lee Automatic Processing Press
Lee APP Molded parts riser Dirty

I dropped them in my Harbor Freight ultra sonic cleaner using water and a cap full of purple Simple Green.

Wiped them down and lightly oiled the two steel columns and shell plate. The instructions say “STP motor oil treatment or motor oil” I used 3 in one on the steel columns and Ballistol on the shell plate.

Maintaining the Lee Automatic Processing Press
Lee APP Molded parts riser Clean
Maintaining the Lee Automatic Processing Press
APP MOLDED PARTS Clean

Looks like new! Well almost…

Hope this helps someone.

Lee APP replacement parts site: https://leeprecision.com/deluxe-automatic-processing-press-app-parts/

 

Lee Automatic Processing Press (APP) Stand

Decided to make a stand for my new Lee Automatic Processing Press (APP). Essentially a box with a lip. I used some Red Oak I had in the shop.

Lee Automatic Processing Press (APP)
Lee Automatic Processing Press (APP)

I was going to mount the press in the middle…I quickly changed my mind and moved it to the right side:

Lee Automatic Processing Press (APP)
Lee Automatic Processing Press (APP)

Cleaned it up and bolted it down. I wanted to be able to remove it if I needed to.

Lee Automatic Processing Press (APP)
Lee Automatic Processing Press (APP)

Added The Reloaders Network Handle and mounted it up:

Lee Automatic Processing Press (APP)
Lee Automatic Processing Press (APP) with Handle

The rounds will drop in one of my home made parts boxes.

Lee Automatic Processing Press (APP) with Box
Lee Automatic Processing Press (APP) with box

In version 2, I think I will make the stand so the press will hang over the edge of the counter. Then I can french cleat the parts bin to the top or have the brass or bullet drop into a bucket

Build that Wall!

Started building the new range. Started by planting the back 6×6 treated posts.

A little while later, added 2 more on both sides.

Then we started stacking the ties.

A little over half way done.

Got some more done today:

Cut the excess off the top:

We used 10 inch screws to secure the ties to the posts:

I will be using the excess cut from the top to make braces for the back:

Got the angles on the 6×6’s

Planted the support 4×4’s four feet deep and concreted in.

Back Finished up:

I added 2 leftover ties to the inside corners:

Dropped in some dirt:

Going to push it back, this is where we are for now:

Got it pushed back:

Think we are ready to shoot! We will continually make improvements but I think the major work is done.

Targets Added!


A Little History on the AR-15

The AR-15 started life as the AR-10, designed by Eugene Stoner, Robert Fremont, and L. James Sullivan of the Fairchild ArmaLite Corporation. The AR-10 was chambered in .30-06 and later modified to accept 7.62mm NATO rounds. The AR-15 was developed to be a lighter, .223 / 5.56 NATO version of the AR – ArmaLite 10. ArmaLite sold the rights for the rifle to Colt in 1959. Colt marketed the AR-15 rifle to various military services around the world, including the U.S. with varying results. The AR-15 was eventually adopted by the United States military under the designation M16.

In 1960, General Curtis LeMay was so impressed by a demonstration of the ArmaLite AR-15 that when he was promoted to United States Air Force, Chief of Staff, he requested 80,000 AR-15s for the Air Force. In 1962 the U.S. Army special operations units started using the AR-15 later designated the M16 for special operations in Southeast Asia. Service members reported to have liked the stopping power of the light weight rifle in reports back to the rear. In January 1963, Secretary McNamara received reports that M14 production was insufficient to meet the needs of the armed forces and ordered a halt to their production. The AR15 was the only rifle that could fill the requirements of the U.S. Military. In 1982 the M16A2 was officially adopted as “U.S. Rifle, 5.56mm, M16A2”

The AR15 is an air cooled, gas operated, semi-automatic, automatic, magazine fed, shoulder fired weapon. Later A2 versions were upgraded with round hand guards, an easy rear sight adjustment ‘dial’ and the M16A2 fire selector lever auto selection had been replaced with 3 round burst. Eugene Stoner had implemented a unique modular design that that gave the rifle much flexibility. You can get 7 ½ inch through over 24 inches long barrels ranging in calibers from .22 through .50BMG. The direct gas system does not use the then conventional piston and rod instead it uses the gas tube to feed gases into the receiver. The magazines range from 10 thru 40 double stacked rounds to 100 round drums.

This is a very practical firearm because of its modular design. To me that means that you can purchase one weapon and use the accessories you need to meet your needs for a particular mission. Be it, hunting, home defense, or just at the range plinking away. The AR15 will suit your need like no other firearm can.

REF:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M16_rifle

https://www.ar15goa.com/about/the-ar-15-rifle/

http://www.practicalreviews.net/why-does-anybody-need-an-ar15.html

Pistol vs Steel

Published on Jul 30, 2017

 

We got our steel targets from MOA targets . Man is shooting steel fun! We got 1 – 1/4 inch AR400 and 1 – 3/8 AR500 targets. I threw one of the targets I cut into the mix as well. All 8 inch. By the way, the AR400 I thought I had is mild steel, you will see as the video series progresses.

In a nut shell all 3 handled pistol up to .45 at 10 to 15 Yards without penetration. The Mild had some dents, AR 400 and AR 500 nada.

Here is the Color Code:

Black = Mild Steel, We cut
Yellow = MOA Targets AR500
Orange = MOA Targets AR400

 

Steel Targets

There is a lot of talk about steel targets. You can go on line and find enough information to boggle your mind. I decided to go with ¼ inch AR400 steel gongs. These are for my personal use, nothing more. I will post pictures after I light them up.

Here is shot of the 4×8 sheet.

AR400 Steel for targets

I had to remember how to use my plasma cutter. It was not pretty, but I got it done:

With my Army back, I found it very hard to work on the floor so broke down the plate into smaller lighter sections. With help we put it up on some saw horses to make it easier to cut.

I also discovered these little gems from Swag Off Road. I put the screw and washer in one of the unused holes to create an adjustable stand off. I just adjust for the locations and tighten down the 2 nuts to keep my cutting tip off the steel.

And the bottom. Ignore the scoring:

Greatly improved my cuts:

Here is a shot of the targets for this run:

1 – 20 inch

1 – 12 inch

5 – 8 inch

4 – 6 inch

Drilled 2 holes in each, painted and setup: