Originally Posted by zoeper
I am in South Africa....
Got the hemisphere right, anyway.
I have a suspicion that your press's problems lie in the ram itself, as it was mis-machined for the shellholder. If you get some measurements of the ram's diameter and the press's bore, Lee should be able tell if a ram replacement will be effective.
Unless you're doing the machine work yourself, I don't see the bushing approach as economic, and it may be difficult to align the new bore with the die. And the ram needs replacing because of the shellholder problem. I believe you should be open to just replacing the press as you first surmised if Lee can't help you.
Redding makes very well-made equipment and would be my choice for an O-frame press, but you may have another favored choice. I recall from posts on another forum some of your neighbors making recommendations for equipment dealers in your locale. If you need some help say so in a subsequent post, and I'll try to locate the posts and provide a link.
Lee equipment is inexpensive, but it is also cheaply made and has high production variances. If the warranty can't be exercised in your part of the world, buying it turns out to be a craps shoot. Worth keeping in mind for future purchases.