I have an RCBS JR3 press that I have used as my only press for over 20 years. It has done a yeoman service, from general reloading to forming brass in 8mm-86 and 40-70BN. The only thing I've never asked it to do is swage bullets. Please realize I'm not complaining.
While reloading yesterday I noticed a change in operation. Always before the ram would stay down (handle up) between operations. Now just the weight of the handle pulls the rem up. I also noticed varying pressure resizing cases, but this may have been my cases.
My question is, is there something in the ram channel that has provided resistance that is now gone, and might this then provide more play in the ram than is ideal? Or am I imagining it all?
I did post a poll in the New Forums site suggesting a general reloading forum for this type of question, but until then I figure you are the guys I know, so I'll ask you.
RCBS replied. They say that the Jr press was made with a dimple on the handle to hold the handle up and that there is no fix for this condition. they also said that all of the Jr's they have suffer the same problem. Obviously, they haven't found a solution for the problem. That bungee cord sounds better all the time as I think about it.
Little lesson, The Jr3 press is the simplest of the lot. No compound linkage here, only the handle pinned to the bottom of the ram. Makes for a great "feel" as you size a case or seat a bullet. I only gots one pin, and it's solid.
Yeah, I've thought of that. My only constraint is that parsominy and budget issues limit me to buying one now, and I may (?) want to swage bullets at some time.
The other option is to get a good turrent press and the Lee swager, I can justify that expense and it looks interesting, if it does a decent job. They have .410 dies, and I'm shooting the .40-70BN 2.1" Sharps Hartford model, circa 1995. I'll almost certainly load the Trapdoor as cast from the Lee 405 mold.
Thirty years experience with the Jr3 have convinced me that I don't need the Rockchucker power for anything I do now. That tells me that any of the current turrent presses will be more than adequate for my existing purposes.
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