Forster CO AX model B5 Questions

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by Deviant, Aug 25, 2018.

  1. Deviant

    Deviant Well-Known Member

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    I just bought a Forster CO AX press and an Ultramount for it. I have never used one and don't know much about them. Are there any accessories that you current users reccomend? Does it work well with all brands of dies? What is the difference in the model B5 vs other models? I was a little leary of consistency with the floating dies and shell holder.

    Thanks, Al
     
  2. ppoole

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    Great press you don’t have to add anything.... unless you want. I don’t have any add in’s I thought of lights but talked myself out of them. I am still torn between sizing on my Redding ultra mag or Forster co-ax, but I always seat using my co-ax. My Redding provides no resistance at all when sizing anything so I still switch back and forth on the sizing I like to have them both ready.
     
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  3. orch

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    The only problem I’ve had with my coax, as far as dies go, is some of my micrometer seater dies have a hard time clearing under the handle... if u use a lot of rcbs dies u may want to get some extra Forster or Redding lock rings, I find the rcbs hex lock rings don’t hold the die in the slot as nice... the floating die set up actually increases consistency as far as I can tell... not sure of differences between model numbers, not even sure which one mine is.. once you get used to it you will love it

    Orch
     
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  4. Deviant

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    I just ordered 12 lock rings and a light kit. Thanks for the tips guys.
     
  5. ppoole

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    My old competition micrometer Redding in 300 RUM worked in it but there was very little clearance. I had to mess with it a little. Forster seating die fits perfect, has a bigger micrometer and I just like everything about them better. Oh and they are a lot cheaper
     
  6. kiwikid

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    This is the list of various models and the improvements Forster have made.
    Having the jaw pressure springs retained in the B5 is a huge improvement IMO. I actually altered mine and added a couple of pins to retain the springs as I was sick of trying to find them when they fell out.

    Model Revisions/Enhancements
    B1 Compound leverage, reloading press. (Designer: Clarence Purdie in conjunction with Army Marksmanship Unit)
    B2 Eliminated removable shellholders from top priming station.
    B3 Added 1⅛” more clearance under yoke handle to accommodate tall dies.
    B4 Enlarged drop tube (028271-057) for primer collection and larger set screw (028271-028) for securing handle.
    B5 Two pins (028271-037-PIN) added to Shell Holder Jaw Housing (028271-037) to retain Jaw Pressure Springs (028271-039)
     
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  7. Kmccord

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    Where did you find the press in stock, everywhere I have looked show to be out of stock.
     
  8. The Oregonian

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    Yes on extra rings. If you use a grip n pull it doesn’t work with a coax so you will need a different bullet puller.
     
  9. Deviant

    Deviant Well-Known Member

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    Brownells has them for $324.99 right now.
     
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    Forster make a bullet puller for the CO-AX press. I have the RCBS collet style bullet puller but the tightening handle would't clear the yolk. I removed the tightening handle and bought a bolt the same length and thread pitch and use a ratchet ring spanner to tighten and loosen the bolt. For the little amount of bullet pulling I do it works great.
     
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  12. kiwikid

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    With some of my Redding boxes I altered the box by grinding out some of the plastic so the dies with the Forster rings still fitted. I did have to buy the Forster boxes for the bigger Redding Comp dies. 20180806_142147.jpg 20180806_142059.jpg
     
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