Lyman Crusher Single Stage Reloading Press
"The big O frame of the Crusher II press
can handle the toughest reloading jobs and the largest
magnums with ease.
Our new Crusher II is the ideal press for reloading
both rifle and pistol cartridges. The Crusher starts with
a 1" diameter ram, compound linkage and a 4 1/2" press
opening, which makes even the largest magnum cartridges
easy to load. Its classic "O" frame design takes all
standard 7/8" x 14 dies. The Crusher II is equipped with
hardened and ground linkage pins and retaining rings for a
smooth and tight operation. The new base design has 14
square inches of "machined flat" surface area with 3
mounting bolt holes (vs. 2 slots for Rock ChuckerT) for
perfect rigid mounting. Unlike competitive models, the
Crusher's ball handle mounts for either right or
left-handed operation. "
This thing appears to be a bear of a press. It is big.
It is heavy. It is steel. It has a one inch ram that is
tightly fitted and has no play but operates easily. The
handle can be mounted either right or left. The actual
useable frame opening is 4 1/4 inches. The ram takes up
1/4 inch of that opening even at the bottom of the stroke.
The three mounting holes seemed to be over kill at
first but in use, perhaps they are a good idea.
Well made, strong, big, heavy, excellent finish. The
ram fits perfectly with no wobble.
The priming arm is completely traditional and quickly
becomes clogged with spent primers during the resizing
The primer catcher is really a joke. Pathetic. It will
not stay "locked" in place. It will not catch primers
reliably and it is impossible to remove and empty without
spilling at least a half a hand full of primers on the
floor. When it has been removed, and emptied, there will
still be spent primers hiding in various crooks and
This press appears to be very big and strong. It is.
It weighs 16 and one quarter pounds. Unfortunately, strong
is not the criteria by which we measure a reloading press.
Mechanical advantage is critical and the Lyman has a
mechanical advantage of only about 18 to one. This is
measured only during the final 1/2 inch of ram travel.
I noticed immediately that full length resizing of even
small cases - .223 and .38-55 was quite difficult. At
first I thought something was not lubed adequately but a
quick review proved that was not the case.
This is a large heavy and very strong press.
Unfortunately it does not offer much leverage. You better
be prepared to really weigh down on that handle to full
length resize rifle cases. You best have a very stable
bench. I expect this is the reason for the extra mounting
This press cannot be recommended due to the low