Reloading press ram - a little wiggle ok?

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by bookworm, May 25, 2010.

  1. bookworm

    bookworm Well-Known Member

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    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.
     
  2. mo

    mo Well-Known Member

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    They are supposed to have a little play.
     

  3. flashhole

    flashhole Well-Known Member

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    My Reddings don't have any "play" they are very solid and tight. Call RCBS and ask. They may replace it for free.
     
  4. boomtube

    boomtube Well-Known Member

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    "...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.
     
  5. nfhjr62

    nfhjr62 Well-Known Member

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