Press Shell Holders R3

Our Turret Presses, Reloader Press, Breech Lock Hand Press, Classic Cast Presses and Breech Lock Challenger press all use Universal Shell holders to hold the case on the ram. The appropriate holder comes with all Lee Dies (except RGB). For those that desire it, we offer a full set consisting of 11 shell holders that accommodate over 115 calibers. This set comes in a green plastic container.

The Lee Hand Priming Tools use unique shell holders made specifically for it. The numbers on them correspond with those on the Universal Shell holders that are made for use in presses. However, they differ in the sense that the Hand Priming Tool shell holders do not have a bottom lug that is present on the Universal holders. This was not done to sell more shell holders, it was done to prevent the tool from having to pass a primer through the total distance of the lug. This would have resulted in a less accurate tool and one that would have required a much greater distance for the lever to travel to seat a primer. While some people purchase the proper Hand Priming Tool shell holder when they load a different caliber, we do offer a set that contains the holders and comes in a red plastic container.

Each set consists of 11 shellholders which fit over 115 different calibers. In both sets, the shellholders included are 1,2,3,4,5,7,8,9,10,11 & 19. Numbers 6,12,13,14,15,16,17,18 & 20 are not included for they fit very few calibers. They are available individually. See the list below to reference the cases in which the holders fit. In the case where two numbers are listed, the first is considered the better fit. This list outlines the appropriate numbers for both the Hand Priming Tool and Universal shell holders.

Basic Specs

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Shell Holders


30/.30 | 6.5×55 Mauser | 32/40

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