It’s here! It’s finally here- the new and highly anticipated 8-station turret press from Lyman. This press, the “Brass Smith All-American 8” is a part of the complete lineup of new tools from Lyman under the “Brass Smith” brand. Why has this press been anticipated so highly since its announcement? A few reasons are: the 8-station capacity, cast iron construction, on-press priming system, ambidextrous design, and turret rear support for repeatable sizing and bullet seating. Plus, it’s made right here in the USA! What to know more? Check out this video!
What’s in the box
The Brass Smith All-American 8-station turret comes complete and ready to load ammunition with standard dies. You also get all of the parts needed to prime on-press with both large primers and small primers. Here’s what’s in the box:
Here we have:
- Press assembly
- Priming system parts
- Pivot pin
- Indexing handle
There are two activities involved in prepping your Brass Smith press for use: assembling the press, and mounting it to your bench. Assembling the press is simple (see video above). You start by installing the upper pivot pin (by means of E-clip), and then put together the priming system. The priming assembly consists of installing the dispenser/block, priming slide, spring, knob, and finally the priming tube and shield. You should be able to put the press together in 5-10 minutes easily. Here’s my All-American 8 assembled before mounting:
You can bolt the All-American 8 directly to your bench, or use some sort of pedestal/stand/mount. Since I use the Inline Fabrication Ultramount (with quick change), I obtained a quick change plate for the All-American 8, and was ready to roll in no time. The All-American 8 has three mounting holes, and they happen to be the same as the Lyman T-Mag in spacing, so if you are upgrading from a T-Mag, you should be able to use the same bolts and holes. Here’s the Brass Smith All-American 8 on the Ultramount ready to load:
Loading with the All-American 8
For my first reloading setup, I wanted to focus on pistol cartridges since they take up a lot of stations- and that makes them perfect “8-station turret candidates”. I chose 45 ACP because I had a brand-new set of Lyman 45 ACP dies that were looking at me longingly. Here’s how I setup the turret stations:
- Station 1: Sizing/de-priming, re-priming
- Station 2: Expanding
- Station 3: Powder charging
- Station 4: Bullet seating
- Station 5: Bullet crimping
- Station 6: [empty]
- Station 7: [empty]
- Station 8: [empty]
I’ve owned many reloading presses, including 3-station, 4-station, 5-station, and 7-station variants, but I’ve never owned an 8-station press until the Brass Smith All-American 8 came to the shop. I’ll have to say- you can’t get too many stations, especially on a manually indexed turret. I love the idea that you can leave dies on the press, and load multiple calibers/chamberings using the same turret setup.
The All-American 8 loads quite well! Once I cleaned out the primer tube (you should always do that on a new press) the priming system worked perfectly, and I had no issues getting up to “full turret speed” after getting into the groove. I’m just getting started with this press, and will share more as I get more experience with it. You can also look forward to some rifle loading stories using this press!
If you are looking for a turret with maximum capacity, lifetime solid construction and on-press priming, check out the All-American 8! You’ll find this press at Midsouth Shooters Supply right here. Also check out my story on the Lyman Brass Smith Ideal press here.
I’m off to load more ammo, talk to you all soon! (and make sure you’re subscribed, because the Brass Smith Victory is coming soon too!).
9 thoughts on “First Look: Brass Smith All-American 8 Turret Press from Lyman”
How does this press compare to the Redding T-7 turret press?
Thanks for all your great videos, they help more than you know.
I will be purchasing the Lyman T8, soon. I have one question. What parts and were do I get the case activated powder drop ? Would love a video on different types of powder drops for pressed, as the Turrets are her to stay! Some powder drops use a funnel in the die. Would like to see these as well and any other combs you can think of, abd who makes the hard ware for such drops.
Thanking you in advance Bill in Las Vegas
Will this reload the 338 lapua mag?
Josh, this press has enough stroke to load virtually any rifle caliber!, It’s a great press.
When you say virtually “any caliber” does that include big bore cartridges? 458 rem mag, 416 rem mag, 458 Lott….???? Thanks for any clarity. I really like this press system but it’s versatility shows not only to reload handgun but maybe large bore rifle as well…thoughts??? Thanks!
I just purchased this press today. I would also like information on setting up a powder dispenser on the press. I read many negative reviews on the primer system. Interesting to see you did not have any negative comments on it
Is there any deflection in the turret under pressure? Is there any adjustment in the 180 degree support?
Thanks for the review on the Lyman 8 station press. My question is; does this press have a cam-over issue like previous Lyman presses.
How consistant is this press? How does it compare to that prazi press you reviewed. A side from this being a turret press and that being single stage.