play in press ram

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cornstalker

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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.
 
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Chas1

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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?
 
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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)
 
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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.
 

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