Svashtar - Thanks for the follow-up. It would appear that making these "simple" modifications to the Coax press is not so simple.
And, it is super awesome that Josh will listen to his customers and try to come up with solutions to improve his product. That is the kind of business that earns strong customer loyalty.
Although there does seem to be a difference between how each of our presses functions with the Manzgear plate and the Badeau linkages, if your shell plate screws are contacting the press body, then I would say your press does have the same problem as mine. Its just to a lesser degree.
The shell plate screws are hardened steel. They will eventually wear divots into the press body where they make contact. Maybe that won't cause any actual problems, but I don't know. Myself, I would rather just not go there.
Plus, I would not want to have any less ram travel than what the Coax designers originally intended.
I agree, but with the new spacers you will have a fraction of an inch less travel by necessity. I could get maximum travel with both parts by shaving the top of the screw heads, or finding lower profile screws, but the 1/10” difference over the standard setup is negligible, and seems like an easy fix.
Also agree that even though the screws just touch at the same time the stops engage on my press (and earlier on yours), that eventually they will mar the bottom of the press which isn’t good.
The one thing I haven’t measured is the clearance with the standard links and the standard shell holder, but I imagine it’s comparable to the .055” found with the std holder and Badeau links.