play in press ram

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by cornstalker, Feb 14, 2010.

  1. cornstalker

    cornstalker Well-Known Member

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    Just today, I discovered that when the ram is up on my press there is some radial play in it.

    I would assume that this is not a good thing and that it needs repaired or replaced.

    Is that the case?

    BTW, it is an RCBS RCII.
     
  2. Chas1

    Chas1 Well-Known Member

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    When you say radial play, are you saying that towards the end of the upstroke it's rotating either left or right as in twisting?
     

  3. cornstalker

    cornstalker Well-Known Member

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    No, what I mean is you can detect a slight amount of play when you press horizontally against the ram. (perpendicular to the centerline of the ram in any direction)
     
  4. boomtube

    boomtube Well-Known Member

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    Don't worry about it.

    If it has any effect at all, it will actually help in that any small case-to-die misalignment can correct itself. We can't force a case to enter a die straight but we can sure force a case to bend if the alignment isn't near perfect.
     
  5. Winchester 69

    Winchester 69 Well-Known Member

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  6. cornstalker

    cornstalker Well-Known Member

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    Thanks Win 69.
     
  7. Winchester 69

    Winchester 69 Well-Known Member

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    You're welcome.