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Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Rem700CDLSF3006, Mar 7, 2013.

  1. Rem700CDLSF3006

    Rem700CDLSF3006 Well-Known Member

    Got my reloading kits today very well made but how tight should the ram be
  2. vtail

    vtail Well-Known Member

    Which press are you talking about?
  3. GT1

    GT1 Well-Known Member

    Depends, a little stiff and sticky is not uncommon. Look everything over closely, lube the ram and linkage and work it through.
  4. oneounceload

    oneounceload member

    Things come shipped with anti rust goop on it. Just like a new gun, clean/degrease everything and then relube/grease as per the owner's manual
  5. Rem700CDLSF3006

    Rem700CDLSF3006 Well-Known Member

    its not overlt tight is just abit tighter than the other 2 preeses ive used. With them you could turn press over and ram would move this one dont
  6. 4895

    4895 Well-Known Member

    Sounds good. It is a precision fit and a quality press will be tight until you crank out a few rounds. It will loosen up a bit after you use it. Might try some rubbing alcohol to clean the ram followed by a light oil or something.
  7. Rem700CDLSF3006

    Rem700CDLSF3006 Well-Known Member

    i put clp on it and it help it moves free but just have to use handle wont move like my others ones did when turn upside down
  8. jim243

    jim243 Well-Known Member

    Sounds like you need to clean the ram, oil the linkage for the handle and wipe off any excess oil. You don't want the ram moving by itself, just make sure it is not binding at the ram linkage, you may have tightened it too much.

  9. 4895

    4895 Well-Known Member

    I actually use transmission fluid on my single stage press ram. It is a light 10 wt. oil that I have available. On my progressive I use wheel bearing grease. Oil attracts dirt and dirt will wear the bore/cylinder of the press over time.
  10. 243winxb

    243winxb Well-Known Member

    Lube with Break Free CLP, load 1000 rounds. I bet that will fix it. Just dont load up side down. :D
  11. gamestalker

    gamestalker member

    I use white lithium on mine. And once a year or so I take them apart and do a good cleaning on all the linkage and ram, not that it's really necessary. I like my tools to function smooth, I can't stand any grabbing or stuttering. In all honesty, I feel like a clean working press makes it easier to feel crimps, and primer seats, and all other tasks. I like to feel the ram is home.

  12. ArchAngelCD

    ArchAngelCD Well-Known Member

    The press was not designed to be turned upside down to make it work. If everything feels smooth and nothing is binding don't worry about the ram not moving when you turn the press upside down. Like I said, that's not what the press was designed to do...
  13. jinxer3006

    jinxer3006 Well-Known Member

    Mount the press to a bench. Then you won't be able to turn it upside down. Then you won't notice. Problem solved. :evil:
  14. Rem700CDLSF3006

    Rem700CDLSF3006 Well-Known Member

    lol im just saying is a little tighter than the 2 I used previous
  15. ATLDave

    ATLDave Well-Known Member

    Correct. The prior post was a fine example of Muphry's Law at work. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muphry's_law
  16. flashhole

    flashhole Well-Known Member

    My experience has been - with stiff ram movement it's usually the linkage that has been over tightened and you are feeling excessive friction between the moving linkage parts, not the ram in the casting.
  17. dickttx

    dickttx Well-Known Member

    I was using a 40+ year old CH CHampion that was smooth as silk when I bought a new Lee Classic Turret. I thought something was wrong with the LCT there was so much difference. However, after cleaning and lubricating the ram and lubricating the linkage, after a few hundred rounds it too became very smooth.
    The CH may have been stiff too, but I really can't remember 40 years!:rolleyes:
  18. splattergun

    splattergun Well-Known Member

    Thouroughly clean the press and and check for burrs or loose material. lube ram with light oil and the other parts that move against each other with grease. I like white lithium grease. A little goes a long way.

    Clean the ram and re-lube every 1000 rounds or so.

    Dissasemble and clean the dies. Lightly oil or wax for rust protection.
    Make sure any other equipment in your kit is clean. Sometimes bits of cleaning or polishing material gets stuck in critical points. Also check for burrs.
    More expensive equipment is better cleaned and polished at the factory than less expensive equipment, but even the best stuff will occasionaly have a minor issue.

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