shortrest stroke press

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porthos posted this 18 November 2020

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

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Hoppy posted this 20 November 2020

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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RicinYakima posted this 18 November 2020

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 18 November 2020

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 18 November 2020

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

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porthos posted this 19 November 2020

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

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