Re: Reloading Press ?'s
"The tolerance on the ram is poor to say the least and you can wiggle it from side to side. Also the shell holder does not sit flat on top of the ram."
Your present Classic Cast press is as good as they come for a single stage. Actually, it's cast steel, not iron.
A little side play in a press ram is actually an asset to accurate ammo; we can't force a case into a die straight but we can sure push it in out of line if it's tight and the die has any concentricity problem. That's part of why bench resters use unthreaded hand dies and arbor presses, they don't want any side pressure at all during loading.
Your shell holder problem is more serious. Have you checked to see how and where the misalignment is, are you sure it's not the shell holder itself? Perhaps a call to Lee is in order, I suspect they would replace the ram if that's the problem.
Last edited by boomtube; 10-08-2008 at 08:41 PM.