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Presses with an upswing?

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by taylor, May 8, 2011.

  1. taylor

    taylor Willamette Valley Well-Known Member

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    Are there any presses that load on the upswing? everyone I've seen you bring the lever down to engage an action never up. I think pushing instead of pulling would be a more natural movement.
  2. rodell

    rodell Newcastle, WA Active Member

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    The trouble with pushing is you lose the help of gravity.

    I have all kinds of presses, and, seating a primer is much easier on the downstroke with a better "feel" on my Redding than when pushing on my Dillon.

    The real work gets done near the end of the stroke - seating, crimping, full-length resizing. Much easier pushing "down".
  3. deadshot2

    deadshot2 NW Quadrant WA State Well-Known Member

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    Food for thought

    Reloading presses have been available since the beginning of (reloading) time. Some are loading on presses that are well over 50 years old. In all that time they have all taken on some similarities due to "what works" and what doesn't". They all use handles that do the heavy work when pressed down.

    As for rodell's note on priming, I don't really notice an issue on my Dillon when priming on the "Push". Maybe it's that 200# behind the "push". For rounds I don't load on the Dillon I prefer to hand prime using a LEE Auto Prime. Gives me something else to do while watching evening TV.
  4. Box13

    Box13 Beavercreek Member

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    Early Pacific C presses can be easily switched from down stroke to up stroke.Some people prefered the upstroke for priming and for loading smaller cases that dont need a great deal of leverage...Robin
  5. Browning55

    Browning55 Seattle-Everett Area Active Member

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    2nd the handheld priming tools. I find I like the "feel" of seating the primers better. Presses can do the job, of course - just too much leverage for me when it comes to seating primers.