what does every one think of the forester co-ax press. I'm in need of a new press for my 338edge i have redding comp setting die and my press now is to small to get a loaded round out of it. i looked at it today and it looks like a great press what are the +/- to it. how well does the shell holder work? is there any thing else you have buy for it?
I have one and like it a lot. The only thing I have had trouble with is it seems important to keep the shellholder area clean. It is less than ideal if you plan to do hundreds or thousands of one process at a time because in order to open the shellholder the handle must be all the way up...just not very fast.
On the upside, its very quick and easy to swap dies with no change in their settings and it makes great ammo.
You should get both sets of jaws for the shellholder, other than that its good to go.
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-don't know where it came from...but true
I love the Co-Ax. It's a great press with a single limitation - that wishbone design handle can't clear some of the longer/taller dies such as the Redding Competion type seaters for long cartridges!
If you need a larger, stronger press but can't use the Co-Ax, try the Lee Classic Cast (iron) press. It is massive, well engineered, well made, the primer catcher is a good variation of that on the Co-Ax and it can handle cases as large as the Browing .50 MG. It's a lot of press, at any price.
Make sure you get the newer B3 version, or at least check the press out with your comp seater installed. I inadvertently bought the B2 at Cabelas and I just barely have clearance to seat because anymore and my rounds would be too large for the mag box. I still have plenty distance to the lands though. If I were to do it over again, I would probably go with a Redding T-7, or get out a die grinder and open mine up a tad.
Pros: excellent press for alignment, probably the best designed press ever. Easy to use. Easy to change dies. If you have the latest version you shouldn't have to worry about the handle clearing Redding bench dies. I have the older version and it will cost $79 for them to change out handle. Press operates very smoothly.
Cons: As mentioned, the press has to be fully released with the handle all the way up to remove case as this is the point where the jaws open. Ergonomically speaking, I do not like the handle centered on top of the press when it is released at full stroke. I prefer the handles on the Rockchucker style presses. I almost feel like I should sit higher or even stand when using the Co-Ax.
I'm so used to seating bullets slowly and spinning the case often as I seat a little at a time, you cannot do this with the Co-Ax due to the jaws that hold the case in place. You should release the press at top stroke to loosen the jaws to spin the case but that is a pain. The design of the Co-Ax is so little to no runout occurs anyway but I have not found that to be the case.
I compared 50 rounds of 30.06 cases seating bullets with a single stroke in the Co-Ax press to 50 identical rounds seated in my Rockchucker where I am able to spin the case a little at a time (about 10-15 times seating the bullet a little as I go) and the Rockchucker produced the most concentric ammo. I then loaded another 25 rounds in the Co-Ax where I spun the cases 3 times each as I seated the bullets and these were just as good as those from the Rockchucker press but it took longer and I'm a bit to impatient.