Forster Co Ax good for big stuff???


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snowshooze
November 22, 2010, 04:48 PM
Hi all;
Is the Co Ax good for the big belted magnums like the 375/416 etc?
I just sold my presses and am going for a brand new shiny Co Ax, but they aren't a huge press at all, and I am wondering if I should invest in a heavy single stage for the big stuff... if I do it will be the Redding ultramag...but is it necessary?
Thanks,
Mark

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noylj
November 22, 2010, 05:38 PM
Call Forster. They make dies up to the .375 Rem Ultra Mag.
You don't need a heavy press to reload. You need to lube the cases.
I have only loaded up to .30-06 (more than enough rifle for me) and it was very easy. Love the press.
Now, if you want to swage bullets for your .416, you might need a big, heavy, "O" frame press.

Greg Mercurio
November 22, 2010, 08:54 PM
Mark: The Forster is a great press and has all the leverage you need for the large cases short of a 50BMG. I loaded .375 H&H for 30 years on my little RCBS Jr. and only had to adapt the bullet loading procedure for the minimal press opening. I finally traded up to the Rock Crusher last year for ease of loading both .375 H7H and .416 Rigby. I'd trade the Rock Crusher in a NY minute for a Forster. Happy reloading. :D

flashhole
November 22, 2010, 09:02 PM
People (read Forster press fans) will throw stones at me for this but I sold my Forster because I got tired of pinching my fingers when loading for 300 Win Mag. The ergonomics of the Forster are not for everyone. I migrated to a Redding Ultramag and I like it a lot better.

snowshooze
November 22, 2010, 09:26 PM
So far, so good...thanks guys!
Flashhole, did you have the current model with the 1 1/2" extended yoke on it, or the older production model? Where was it biting you?
If there are any other issues with the Co Ax, well, that's why I am asking... I can't get the straight talk from a catalog. No offense taken, and thanks for the response.
Mark

flashhole
November 22, 2010, 10:31 PM
Mine was the B2, not the B3 with the extended yoke. The yoke was only a problem with seat dies that had a micrometer adjust because there was not enough clearance. The problem I encountered was seating long bullets in long cases. There just wasn't much working room for my big hands and I had to stick the bullet up into the seat die then drop it down onto the case. When I held the bullet in place and raised the case I was always getting pinched fingers. It was a great press for shorter cartridges but I didn't care for the way it was adapted for long cases. I had the same issue loading 45-70.

Notice I did not say it was a lousy press, I just didn't care for the ergonomics and pinching my fingers. I like my Ultramag much better.

JimKirk
November 23, 2010, 01:49 PM
I'm a big fan of the Forster/Bonanza press ... had one for almost 40 yrs. . I could see there being some problems getting fingers in there for the long cartridges, but I never loaded anything longer than 300 WM and never had any problems. The Redding Ultra mag would be my next choice, after the Forster/Bonanza.

Jimmy K

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