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Old July 10, 2018, 08:27 PM   #1
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When did Lyman discontinue their flagship press?

Did anyone (else) notice that the classic Crusher press is no longer being manufactured ?
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Old July 11, 2018, 07:25 AM   #2
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They just came out with a line of new presses and I always figured the T-mag was their flagship but it looks like they are out of stock on just about everything but you can get this kit with either a T-mag or crusher.

Looks like they run around $200 shipped for just the press.
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Old July 11, 2018, 09:41 AM   #3
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Did anyone (else) notice that the classic Crusher press is no longer being manufactured ?
Poor sales compared to other options.


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Old July 12, 2018, 06:30 PM   #4
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Good thing I bought mine 30+ years ago.
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Old July 13, 2018, 12:29 AM   #5
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Too expensive for entry-level reloaders.
Too much slop in the linkage and ram for experienced reloaders.

Plus... It wasn't shiny enough, or packaged in a holographic box (**cough** Hornady **cough**), or with bright orange stickers all over the box to notify you of the latest and greatest tool "upgrades" that are now made of plastic, rather than metal - but still made in China (**cough** RCBS **cough**).
Don't even try it. It's even worse than the internet would lead you to believe.
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Old July 13, 2018, 06:29 AM   #6
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Good thing I bought mine 30+ years ago.
Me too. The Orange Crusher was my first press bought in a set with the #55 powder measure, scale, trimmer, etc. Although I have since acquired other presses, the old Lyman is still " crushin' ".
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Old July 13, 2018, 10:29 PM   #7
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Lyman hasn't made a worthy press in years. If you have or can find an old one they are fine, but the new stuff has so many corners cut they aren't worth owning. That goes for most of their equipment now.
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Old July 15, 2018, 04:58 AM   #8
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Lyman press

I'm hard pressed to see the old Spartan and Spar T generation is superior to the Crusher and T-Mags. I always figured the heavier duty presses came a long with FL sizing of large rifle cases. I have no gripes with my old T-Mag. Works great. No slop. My only problem is there are no extra turrets for this early model. All this heavy duty press business started with everybody "Green" with envy (RCBS).
Is it possible that some snarky folks go through life with full Huggies trying to enlighten others?

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Old July 15, 2018, 05:52 AM   #9
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I use a Crusher, have since I started in 1986 when my brother taught me how to load.
It's still quite tight and I build accurate ammo with it...didn't know I was supposed to upgrade my press.
Thanks for coming!
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