He Got His Money’s Worth


This guy posted a picture of his Lyman reloading press. He reports after 27 years it came apart on him. I know lyman makes good stuff and I have a lot of lyman reloading tools, so I don’t think this would be common. Maybe a flaw in the parts that finally had enough. I used a RCBS rock chucker and rock chucker supreme for my reloading since the mid 90s.


  1. A good look at the broken surface of the center bolt would tell us if it was simple fatigue or a flaw in the part. Since it is a bolt, it can probably be extracted and replaced for another 30 years of service. As an aside his scale and block are RCBS green.

  2. The bolt probably fatigued enough to stress-crack across its diameter and that was that.

    If someone has a problem like this, what I would recommend is:

    1. Put some Kroil or PB down into the bolt’s threads to lube it. Leave it sit over night.
    2. Blow out any excess penetrating lube.
    3. Use a center punch to punch a dimple in the center of the bolt.
    4. Drill a hole carefully down the center of the bolt. NB that if the bolt was a grade 8 bolt, you might need a carbide drill bit.
    5. If you don’t have an EZ-out, you might want to tap the hole you drilled for a screw. This means that you had to choose a drill size for a tap for a screw you have. If you have an EZ-out, then stuff it in there, and use a wrench to screw it in counter-clockwise, which should back out the screw.
    6. If you went with the tap+screw method, use a allen-head bolt or a small hex capscrew. Screw the screw into it, with some blue Loctite. Let it set up.
    7. Back out screw.

    When putting in a new screw for the turret head, coat the new screw with some copper-based anti-seize.

    • If you use a left handed drill in step 4 you might get lucky and have the remains of the bolt back out, in which case you can skip right to step 8.


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