shortrest stroke press

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porthos posted this 2 weeks ago

what press has a short stroke for reloading handgun amminition??

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RicinYakima posted this 2 weeks ago

The shortest I have seen is the New Yankee Tool Company press and the second is the Belding and Mull Model "B". Or are you liking for something more modern?

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RicinYakima posted this 2 weeks ago

Went looking for presses for sale now. Not one of them is not of the "swinging link" style to increase ram pressure at the expense of a long hand stroke.

For a single stage try to find an old cast iron Pacific single stage in the original small size.

Because of arthritis in my hands and a bad elbow, I use a Harrell's small turret press designed for benchrest shooters for my handgun cartridges. It replaced a 1950's Redding "overhand" press, but only because you can not find shellholders for them anymore.

FWIW

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Ross Smith posted this 2 weeks ago

It's all physics. Long stroke=less effort. and vice versa.

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porthos posted this 2 weeks ago

well; if i get one it will be a Harrell ( after seeing one on line)

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Hoppy posted this 2 weeks ago

I use a Lee turret press which I've modified a bit to limit the length of the stroke for pistol cartridge reloading. First, install the standard Lee collar at the top of the ram, then attach a block under the collar to limit the downward travel of the ram--thus shortening the stroke. I made a neat wood block padded with leather. I also installed a shorter handle, which doesn't shorten the ram's travel, but it does shorten the handle stroke and thus makes the operation quicker and easier. Leverage has never been a problem, even with rather tall pistol cases being resized. This works!

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