The Infernal Device!

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Need to get the “cam wire” figured out, but I managed to figure out how to set the shoulder back on a case using this infernal whirling contraption, and measure it with my headspace comparator gauge-thing!
Sorta. That is I cheated and compared it to an actual round, and then made adjustments screwing the die-down until it matched, which is a way of overcoming my near complete math illiteracy.
So now it goes up and down and around and around – albeit somewhat jerkily as any Steampunk device ought-to, and Piggyback is an appropriate name, but you could call it Hunchback too, from the condition I’ll develop, bending over and fiddling with it…
It’s bit of a kludge, like RCBS never threw anything away, they just rearranged the configurations. It’s one presssitting on top of another, the rams are joined by a link that fits like a male-female case-holder.
UPDATE: Hold on, let me reorient this:
Here’s the new superstructure mounted atop the old RS-3 press. It’s semi-manual, so you pop-in a case and then another and then another and it rotates and goes up and down and when one comes around finallly for a bullet you place the bullet on top and press it up, meanwhile another case is being de-primed and another is being primed, and one is loaded with powder, etc.
The Upside is the shell-plates are the same as the Pro200 and now I have a bunch.
Downside is the arbor height and ram-stroke only accommodates cartridges 2.260″ tall so .30-06/.308 etc. is out – it’s .223 and pistols for me with this baby (and the v.3 is a shorty also). :
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And this is the bottom half.
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And it’s held together and operated by this ram connector.
Fully functional and a good idea, engineeringwise…but it’s definitely not super-smooth in operation though that effect can’t be attributed to this link, it’s just an overall design issue.
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The term Steampunk fits I think? There should be a whistle attached somewhere and a bevel-drive gizmo-something running off the side, and sections wrapped in crocodile skin.
The top die-head is shared with the earlier RCBS progressive press, the “Ammomaster”, and it is changeable but not that easily – it would be a bit like removing your tires to change the transmission, or visa versa…
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I don’t have a powder measure rigged-up and have to buy one, so I don’t know if it throws everything onto the floor…

Meanwhile I’m looking for primer tubes and a powder measure…

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9 thoughts on “The Infernal Device!

  1. I feel your pain. I just had a Lee Challenger 1000 fall into my lap. This thing had been stored in a cardboard box in a crawl space for at least 5 years, and came with parts for some other press as well as a shortage of fairly important ones.

    One thing I learned while doing industrial assembly machines is that every other step should be an inspection of the previous one. So far, nobody does this.

    Oh well, at least it’s faster.

    • Hi Billll! The step re-inspection approach seems like it would eliminate a lot of headaches, and I’m not rushing into this, that’s for sure. I’m thinking off a way to throw powder charges and measure them before I actually go and throw powder charges – maybe using an “Inert-something” instead of powder…Cream of Wheat?

  2. Waiting to see if the adventure leads to an increase in product output with an acceptable yield before conclusions are fixed. Good luck.

  3. You can add crocodile skin anywhere you want, but I suspect elephant skin might be more appropriate.

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