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Unread 05-25-2010, 10:08 PM
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Reloading press ram - a little wiggle ok?

I have an old RCBS JR press and the ram has a small amount of "play". Is that okay? It is very slight, but when I extend the ram up out of the press I can wiggle it back and forth a bit.

I'm not sure if it is supposed to be rock solid with absolutely zero lateral play or if a tiny bit is ok.
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    Unread 05-25-2010, 10:22 PM
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    Re: Reloading press ram - a little wiggle ok?

    They are supposed to have a little play.
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    Unread 05-26-2010, 08:01 PM
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    Re: Reloading press ram - a little wiggle ok?

    My Reddings don't have any "play" they are very solid and tight. Call RCBS and ask. They may replace it for free.
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    Re: Reloading press ram - a little wiggle ok?

    "...the ram has a small amount of "play". Is that okay?"

    Not only is it okay, unless everything is perfectly aligned - ram, hole, threads, die, shell holder - and they rarely are, a bit of ram slack is actually beneficial for precision loading.
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    Re: Reloading press ram - a little wiggle ok?

    For more info on your JR press go to the RCBS web site here http://www.rcbs.com/downloads/instru...R_3_Manual.pdf
    is a print of the JR press, i just made a print out myself as i'm going to use my JR press loading 223
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