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Old Pacific press questions

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by sterzenbach, Jan 29, 2014.

  1. sterzenbach

    sterzenbach Bend Oregon Active Member

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    Ive got this great guy that I go to for advice, components, and troubleshooting. He pulled out his orignal Pacific ram press today and offered it to me for $100 bucks. ITs like no press ive ever seen before..... Its 3 presses with 1 handle... not a turrent press. Picture a single stage press just times 3. Anyone ever seen one? And are old presses reliable? Its in awesome shape, looks great. If I got it id probably go get it powder coated fresh blue.
     
  2. deadeye

    deadeye Albany,OR. Moderator Staff Member

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    Without a picture it's hard to say. It could be an old shot shell reloader or a regular loader that functions like a shot shell as in moving the round down thru each die/stage.
     
  3. sterzenbach

    sterzenbach Bend Oregon Active Member

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    Its for regular reloading. He says he bought it new in 68'. Used it for every caliber in the book. Real mean looking thing. The sizing is on the right, then middle whatever, left whatever. I cant believe I didnt get the model. But its 3 going left to right, not in a circle. Doesnt look like standard vintage presses, looks modern? Il try to find a picture online
     
  4. sterzenbach

    sterzenbach Bend Oregon Active Member

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    There we go. Pacific Super Mag. Found this pic on google, but thats it
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  5. deadeye

    deadeye Albany,OR. Moderator Staff Member

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    as long as he has the primer arms and you can use standard shell holders and dies I would pick it up.

    some info...Pacific Super Mag
     
  6. Certaindeaf

    Certaindeaf SE Portland Well-Known Member

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    You'll need three case feeders and hoppers. lol
     
  7. SinisterSouthpaw

    SinisterSouthpaw SW WA Active Member

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  8. sterzenbach

    sterzenbach Bend Oregon Active Member

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    Thanks for the history guys. Looks like a fun press. Are the shell holders specific or can the standard rcbs bidders be used?
     
  9. SinisterSouthpaw

    SinisterSouthpaw SW WA Active Member

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    That's a good Q to ask the guy who wants to sell it to you--in fact, I would insist he demontrate it by loading a few rounds.
     
  10. bivy53

    bivy53 Longview, Wa. Active Member

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    I load for pistols on an old Pacific single stage using RCBS dies and shell holders. Wish it was a multi-stage, but it works great.
     
  11. SinisterSouthpaw

    SinisterSouthpaw SW WA Active Member

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  12. 10 Spot Terminator

    10 Spot Terminator Central Oregon Member

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    I loaded using a Pacific single ram press of the same era and the shell holders were an itegral part of the ram which had to be swiched over . I believe I still have one lying around that slipped by when I sold my press . I still see them ( used ) at some older gun shops as well as most gun shows . Some later models came with a universal quick change shell holder feature . I believe you can still get a ram to convert to the quick change from both RCBS and CH tool and die compamies . Pacific was the early leader in reloading presses for years and many other companies copied there designs which later created the demand for the new fangled quick change ram . Didnt take long for the public to figure out the difference in price between a single shell holder vs. a complete ram to be able to load different calibres .

    10 Spot
     
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  13. sterzenbach

    sterzenbach Bend Oregon Active Member

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    I converted this super mag for the quick change, the set screw was a pain and 2 of the 3 were stripped. Again, this was my best investment for reloading. I've loaded hundreds now in over 5 calibers with ease and speed.
     
  14. 574ryan

    574ryan indiana New Member

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    where did u get the rams, and how much were they?
     
  15. sterzenbach

    sterzenbach Bend Oregon Active Member

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    Stock rams. Just added the same little piece the rcbs rams have that puts tension. The little ring deal. God I love this press lol still throwing cases.
     
  16. 574ryan

    574ryan indiana New Member

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    so where did u get them? I can't find anything online or eBay. If I call rcbs, will they know?
     
  17. Velzey

    Velzey Estacada, Oregon Gunsmith Gunsmith Bronze Vendor Bronze Supporter

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    Standard shell holders snap right in the old Pacific presses like the one shown.
     
  18. v0lcom13sn0w

    v0lcom13sn0w Keizer, or Well-Known Member

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    contact hornady and see if they know anything
     
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    v0lcom13sn0w Keizer, or Well-Known Member

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  20. 574ryan

    574ryan indiana New Member

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    The three rams have set screws. And the shell holder comrs loose just a little bit, when I expand the cases, on the down stroke. I can't tighten the screws to much for fear of stripping them. So I am looking for some type of adaptor. I love the press, just hope I can figure this out. Its driving me nuts.