Originally Posted by jgss2
I finally broke down last night and splurged on a new Forster Co-Ax press last night. Of course I had to set it up and load a few when I got home. I have used my trusty rock-chucker for years with no complaints but I had a ton of cabelas points and needed to burn em. I LOVE THIS PRESS!!
You have the best non hydraulic press on the market. But now you get to learn the ropes of why it's the best.
*Power is the big thing here. Properly setup, you can full length size a 30-06 case with no more than two fingers (I can full length size a .308 case with one finger).
* set the shell holder jaws a little loose. This aids in removal and inserting the empty case, and also makes the case align better with the die. I stoned the jaws a good bit to make them slide easier. They do need a drop or two of oil under them as well as ontop from time to time. (this part you'll learn to get them setup for your comfort.) Before installing the jaws I recommend a light stoning of the bolster plater under the jaws with an india stone
* get yourself a handfull of the steel Lyman lock rings for your dies. These are slightly thinner, and allow the die body to float a little better yet. Plus they don't use the screwdriver slotted lock screws.
* I recommend bolting the press to a half inch thick piece of aluminum or cold roll steel plate long enough that you can c-clamp it to the bench top or drill four 11/32 holes for bolts to anchor it to your bench top. Put a ten gauge piece of steel plate under the bench to sandwich the bench between the two plates.
* They've changed the priming system from what mine came with to a different system, so I can't tell you an easy way there. I still use the older system, and works well.
* I use plain old Three N One oil to lube the guide bars
* when you start using the press you need to learn to creep up on you deminsion your working on, as this press will collapse a case like it was nothing (I got pretty good at removing stuck cases while in the learning curve).