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Product Information

Challenger III, celebrating forty years. Third generation Challenger features everything that made the Challenger the world’s bestselling single station press. Plus, we have added an ergonomically formed lever allowing even more comfortable operation with no more stooping at the bottom of stroke. Spent primers fall through the ram and collect in a convenient tube. Keeps dirt and grime off the frame and ram, and your workspace clean.

Priming position is moved up front where the action is. And the LEE LEVER PRIME SYSTEM is still instant change with no tools. Say goodbye to time-consuming die adjustments, BREECH LOCK QUICK CHANGE DIE SYSTEM is built in. Change dies instantly with a twist of the wrist; you’ll never have to re-adjust your die. Works with all brands of dies.

Same unbreakable “O” frame design, all steel linkage, and adjustable length lever. This same press would cost you more than twice as much from other manufacturers, and that’s without all of the Challenger’s features.

To celebrate the 40th Anniversary of our Challenger press, please check out our 40th Anniversary Challenger Pack. Available in popular cartridge, we've bundled our new Challenger III press and FREE Breech Lock Relaoding die set, everything you need to get started reloading.

New Features:

Ergonomic lever

Challenger III

Priming position has been improved, and no stooping at the bottom of the stroke.

Through ram primer disposal

Spent primers fall through the ram and collect in a convenient emptying tube. Keeps the dirt and grime off the press frame and ram.

 

Safety Prime Large & Small Primer Feeder (accessory)

 

Smart Lock Bushing and lock ring wrench included

Thread your die into a Smart Lock bushing. Once dies are set, you can instantly remove them and replace them to the exact same position. No tools or lock rings are required for reloading die installation. Easy grip splined drive surface allows easy, accurate and fast die installation in your press. 

  • Easy on-press priming with instant change small and large primer arms

  • Made in the USA

  • Breech Lock Quick Die change

  • Stroke, clearance, and power to size the largest magnum cartridges

  • All steel linkage

  • Cast aluminum frame

 

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The 40th Anniversary Pack contains Lee Challenger III Reloading Press and FREE 9mm Luger Breech Lock Carbide 3-Die Set.


  • Challenger III Reloading Press. The "O" frame press by design is the strongest and by far the most popular style press. The larger than average 4" opening allows for maximum hand clearance.  Priming is a dream with the Lee Lever Prime System. Best of all, it includes the Breech Lock Quick Change die system. Change dies instantly with a twist of the wrist, and you never have to re-adjust your die.
  • Ergonomic lever with priming position improved, no stooping at the bottom of the stroke
  • Through ram primer disposal, spent primers fall through the ram and collect in a convenient emptying tube. Keeps the dirt and grime off the press frame and ram.
  • Breech Lock 3-Die Set includes colored Smart Lock bushings for easy die identification, Carbide Full Length Sizing Die, Bullet Seating Die, Powder Thru Expanding Die, Universal Shell Holder, Powder Dipper and Instructions/Load Data. 

The 40th Anniversary Pack contains Lee Challenger III Reloading Press and FREE 38 Special | 357 Magnum Breech Lock Carbide 3-Die Set.


  • Challenger III Reloading Press. The "O" frame press by design is the strongest and by far the most popular style press. The larger than average 4" opening allows for maximum hand clearance.  Priming is a dream with the Lee Lever Prime System. Best of all, it includes the Breech Lock Quick Change die system. Change dies instantly with a twist of the wrist, and you never have to re-adjust your die.
  • Ergonomic lever with priming position improved, no stooping at the bottom of the stroke
  • Through ram primer disposal, spent primers fall through the ram and collect in a convenient emptying tube. Keeps the dirt and grime off the press frame and ram.
  • Breech Lock 3-Die Set includes colored Smart Lock bushings for easy die identification, Carbide Full Length Sizing Die, Bullet Seating Die, Powder Thru Expanding Die, Universal Shell Holder, Powder Dipper and Instructions/Load Data. The 357 Magnum can also be reloaded with this kit, 357 Magnum load data may be obtained in Modern Reloading or available for purchase through this link.

The 40th Anniversary Pack contains Lee Challenger III Reloading Press and FREE 44 Special | 44 Magnum Breech Lock Carbide 3-Die Set.


  • Challenger III Reloading Press. The "O" frame press by design is the strongest and by far the most popular style press. The larger than average 4" opening allows for maximum hand clearance.  Priming is a dream with the Lee Lever Prime System. Best of all, it includes the Breech Lock Quick Change die system. Change dies instantly with a twist of the wrist, and you never have to re-adjust your die.
  • Ergonomic lever with priming position improved, no stooping at the bottom of the stroke
  • Through ram primer disposal, spent primers fall through the ram and collect in a convenient emptying tube. Keeps the dirt and grime off the press frame and ram.
  • Breech Lock 3-Die Set includes colored Smart Lock bushings for easy die identification, Carbide Full Length Sizing Die, Bullet Seating Die, Powder Thru Expanding Die, Universal Shell Holder, Powder Dipper and Instructions/Load Data. The 44 Magnum can also be reloaded with this kit, 44 Magnum load data may be obtained in Modern Reloading or available for purchase through this link.

The 40th Anniversary Pack contains Lee Challenger III Reloading Press and FREE 45 ACP Breech Lock Carbide 3-Die Set.


  • Challenger III Reloading Press. The "O" frame press by design is the strongest and by far the most popular style press. The larger than average 4" opening allows for maximum hand clearance.  Priming is a dream with the Lee Lever Prime System. Best of all, it includes the Breech Lock Quick Change die system. Change dies instantly with a twist of the wrist, and you never have to re-adjust your die.
  • Ergonomic lever with priming position improved, no stooping at the bottom of the stroke
  • Through ram primer disposal, spent primers fall through the ram and collect in a convenient emptying tube. Keeps the dirt and grime off the press frame and ram.
  • Breech Lock 3-Die Set includes colored Smart Lock bushings for easy die identification, Carbide Full Length Sizing Die, Bullet Seating Die, Powder Thru Expanding Die, Universal Shell Holder, Powder Dipper and Instructions/Load Data. 

The 40th Anniversary Pack contains Lee Challenger III Reloading Press and FREE 223 Remington Breech Lock 3-Die Set.


  • Challenger III Reloading Press. The "O" frame press by design is the strongest and by far the most popular style press. The larger than average 4" opening allows for maximum hand clearance.  Priming is a dream with the Lee Lever Prime System. Best of all, it includes the Breech Lock Quick Change die system. Change dies instantly with a twist of the wrist, and you never have to re-adjust your die.
  • Ergonomic lever with priming position improved, no stooping at the bottom of the stroke
  • Through ram primer disposal, spent primers fall through the ram and collect in a convenient emptying tube. Keeps the dirt and grime off the press frame and ram.
  • Lee 223 Breech Lock 3-Die Set includes colored Smart Lock bushings for easy die identification, Full Length Sizing Die, Easy Adjust Dead Length Bullet Seating Die, Factory Crimp Die, Universal Shell Holder, Powder Dipper and Instructions/Load Data. This die set may be used to load 5.56 NATO (5.56 x 45mm) brass. You must follow load data published for the 5.56 NATO, available from your favorite powder manufacturer.

Challenger III, celebrating forty years. Third generation Challenger features everything that made the Challenger the world’s bestselling single station press. Plus, we have added an ergonomically formed lever allowing even more comfortable operation with no more stooping at the bottom of stroke. Spent primers fall through the ram and collect in a convenient tube. Keeps dirt and grime off the frame and ram, and your workspace clean.

Priming position is moved up front where the action is. And the LEE LEVER PRIME SYSTEM is still instant change with no tools. Say goodbye to time-consuming die adjustments, BREECH LOCK QUICK CHANGE DIE SYSTEM is built in. Change dies instantly with a twist of the wrist; you’ll never have to re-adjust your die. Works with all brands of dies.

Same unbreakable “O” frame design, all steel linkage, and adjustable length lever. This same press would cost you more than twice as much from other manufacturers, and that’s without all of the Challenger’s features.

FeaturePress Only50th Anniversary (pistol reloaders)Challenger Kit (rifle reloaders)Bench Prime Kit (pistol and rifle)
Smart Lock Bushingdonedonedonedone
Lock Ring Wrenchdonedonedonedone
Small and Large Priming Armsdonedonedonedone
Case Resizing Lubricantclosedonedonedone
Case Conditioning Comboclosedonedonedone
Value Trimclosedonedonedone
Powder Funnelclosedonedonedone
Perfect Powder Measureclosedonedonedone
Safety Powder Scaleclosedonedonedone
Safety Prime- on press primingclosedonecloseclose
Auto Bench Prime- workbench priming and 3 of the most popular priming tool shell holders.closecloseclosedone
Auto Prime- hand priming and 3 of the most popular priming tool shell holders.closeclosedoneclose

 

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Accessories:

Large & Small Primer Feeder

 


Press includes one Smart Lock quick change bushing. See below to order additional bushings.
Breech Lock Bushing

Breech Lock Quick Change Bushings

Pack of (2) Breech Lock Quick Change Bushings. Allows instant, accurate die changes. Perfect with Lee Lock Rings

Spline Drive Bushings

Spline Drive Bushings

New, easy grip surface allows easy, accurate and fast die installation in your press. Reloading dies are confusingly similar looking, so we anodized and colored the bushings so you can "color code" your dies for quick positive identification. No need for lock rings on your dies with these quick-change bushings. Simply lightly tighten the clamp screw, and split collar will put a vise lock on your die. Loosen the screw, and the die will spin freely. Once set you'll never lose position.

They look so good and work so well, you'll want them for all your dies.

For even easier installation, a handy lock ring wrench is included with your Breech Lock Challenger Purchase. Works with Lee Spline drive lock rings and Breech lock bushings.

Spline drive Breech Lock Bushings available:

2-pack 90063
4-pack 90095

 

Smart Lock Bushings

No need for lock rings on your dies with these quick-change bushings. Internal o-ring maintains perfect adjustment. No tools required. Once set, you'll never lose position.

They look so good and work so well, you'll want them for all your dies.

4- pack 91933

Spline Drive Bushings


Customer Product Review

"I just wanted to say that recently I purchased a Lee Challenger press and dies for several of my older military rifles. Along with this I purchased dippers and scales and several more items including "Modern Reloading 2nd Edition Richard Lee" manual.

This was my first experience with reloading and I can honestly say that you guys build a very good quality product. I read your Modern Reloading manual and enjoyed every page. It's nice to see a company take pride in their product as you guys do. Using your products make it very enjoyable to reload, and something I'll do from now on and pass it on to my kids.

My first reloads through my Springfield 1903A3, using your equipment, I was able to consistently shoot 1" groups @ 100yds with this old rifle. Thank you for making such a good product and producing such a good reloading manual to read and follow. You have made a lifetime customer out of me. "

Thank you and Take Care, Donald B. - Talking Rock, GA - March 18, 2017


WarningWARNING: Handling live primers and spent primers may expose you to lead or other chemicals, which are known to the State of California to cause reproductive harm and cancer. For more information, go to www.P65Warnings.ca.gov

 

WarningWARNING: This product may contain steel alloyed with trace amounts of lead and other elements which are known to the State of California to cause reproductive harm and cancer. For more information, go to www.P65Warnings.ca.gov. To prevent exposure, do not alter the product by welding, grinding, etc.