Frankford arsenal m-press coax press

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Anyone have one ? If so, have any issues with rotating the shell holders ? The studs are splined and press fitted to the shell plate. Because they’re hard to turn due to not having enough clearance in the base, l used a wrench to turn them and stripped the splines. FA sent me a new press, they can’t get parts.
 
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I have one, have not had any major problems with the press, works as designed. As for rotating shell holders, I take it you are adding a shell holder to the plate instead of using the plate that comes with the press. I only use the press as is, I don't add a shell holder to the base.
 

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I have one, have not had any major problems with the press, works as designed. As for rotating shell holders, I take it you are adding a shell holder to the plate instead of using the plate that comes with the press. I only use the press as is, I don't add a shell holder to the base.
no I don't add a shell holder to the plate.
 

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I see what you are referring to after reading it again, the shell selector for small, large or medium cartridges, sorry. I had seen on person actually adding a shell holder to the plate on UTube.
 

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I see what you are referring to after reading it again, the shell selector for small, large or medium cartridges, sorry. I had seen on person actually adding a shell holder to the plate on UTube.
so did I on the interweb
 

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I wouldn’t give up too soon on it. It takes a bit too get the stiffness out of it but mine really makes some very accurate and consistent ammunition. For very consistent headspace and bullet depth I give it a slight bump at the end of the downstroke ( for lack of better word). If I thought for a second I would get better accuracy with any other press I wouldn’t hesitate to purchase it but this one really does the trick. I have 3 other presses and this is the one I’ve settled on. I definitely wouldn’t use it for pulling bullets and I’m careful when sizing stubborn brass because I don’t feel confident in the construction for upwards pull on the shell holder plates
 

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I wouldn’t give up too soon on it. It takes a bit too get the stiffness out of it but mine really makes some very accurate and consistent ammunition. For very consistent headspace and bullet depth I give it a slight bump at the end of the downstroke ( for lack of better word). If I thought for a second I would get better accuracy with any other press I wouldn’t hesitate to purchase it but this one really does the trick. I have 3 other presses and this is the one I’ve settled on. I definitely wouldn’t use it for pulling bullets and I’m careful when sizing stubborn brass because I don’t feel confident in the construction for upwards pull on the shell holder plates
I thought about that too, not to pull bullets, or use my Lee neck collet die or crimp die. I wouldn’t feel comfortable doing it on a Forster coax either. The shell plates are only cheap metal and the studs that are, again, splined to them didn’t do well with a wrench to turn them and wondering even forcing by hand would eventually stripped them. It wouldn’t take much to dremel or run the plate’s over a bench grinder for more clearance.
 

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Now I have pulled bullets in mine that I failed to set the seating correctly, I have not had issues other than using the Hornady Collet bullet puller cam handle is long and the Yoke hits it when lowering. I just have to maneuver it just right to make it work, but no issues pulling bullets that were just seated. I have not tried it on bullets that have been seated or crimped for a long while.
 

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Now I have pulled bullets in mine that I failed to set the seating correctly, I have not had issues other than using the Hornady Collet bullet puller cam handle is long and the Yoke hits it when lowering. I just have to maneuver it just right to make it work, but no issues pulling bullets that were just seated. I have not tried it on bullets that have been seated or crimped for a long while.
……Yet to have issues. Hardened shell holder in a standard press are hardened for a reason.
 

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I’m helping a good friend who’s been in construction his whole life learn how to reload and one hurdle is getting past he’s not on the clock and trying to use some finesse. I almost want to say the m-press might not be the best press to learn with if a person didn’t have someone there to keep an eye on them
 
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