Originally Posted by shortpants
I've never researched the forester co ax press before but it does seem interesting the way the dies snap in and out. I don't want to start a pissing match over whose equipment is "the best" and so far you guys have kept it respectful so thankyou. If anyone has had any bad experiences with the forester press I'd like to hear from you. I did not see anyone mention a Redding press. I've been told the Big Boss II will suit me well as I'm sure many presses would but I have to choose one. Any comments on the Boss II and is there much difference between it and the Rock Chucker? Also no mention of a turret press which would also make switching dies a snap. Overkill? What am I missing?
the way the dies snap in and out of the slot means little except for ease of use. The serious plus with the Co-Ax is alignment and staying square. They used to make a version that used conventional shell holders, but that ended in late 1977, and even then their priming device used them for a year or two longer (actually their shell holder has a bigger bore than the normal ones we think of, but look nearly identical). The other major advantage to that style of press is that the ram does not torque during travel. By not using a conventional shell holder and simply blocking the face of the case on the bolster plate you eleminate any error with the shell holder being seperate (the only thing a Forster shell holder is there for is to pull the case out of the die). The other factor that many of us tend tooverlook when buying a press is the direction of power and the mount. The Forster will work just fine on a 1" thick piece of plywood. Many guys mount there's on a 2 x 8 C clamped down to a bench top. The others really want a heavy bench top or better yet be mounted to a steel plate. Mine sets atop an aluminum riser (for ergo reasons only). Power wise; you have to goto a hydraulic rammed press to get more power than the Co-Ax. What I don't like about the Forster is kinda silly, but important to me anyway. I build cases a little bit, and it's kinda unfriendly about sawing a quarter inch off a parent case while in the press. For that I use a small RCBS Partner. I also think it's easier to pull bullets with the RCBS (we all sooner or later will have to pull bullets). I do some serious case forming, and the power is there, but I also prefer to trim the cases with the RCBS. I also kinda wish that Forster would redesign the trunion and the handle a little bit for better clearence with dies, plus add another half inch of travel as an option for some of us (I sure don't need that)
And while whining and crying about this press and that press, let me add here that I almost never neck size anymore with a conventional press. I pretty much have gone over to Wilson type dies for all that work these days. I tried four or five different arbor presses, and found that I liked the feel of the small K&M better than the others. That press uses a toggel & link system that seems to give me a better feel when seating a bullet. It may just be me, but that's the feeling I got when I tried that one out. Plus this one is fairly cheap.