Need information on old R.F. Wells / Herters model C. reloading press.

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About a year ago I picked up a R.F. Wells model C. Reloading press at our local Habitat For Humanity store. I know that this was also sold under the Herters brand name. There is no way to mount a shell holder on the ram. The top of the ram is threaded and appears there is a part missing. I bought a adapter off of eBay that allows you to use RCBS style shell holders on this press, but it won't work for this model. If I had a lathe I could fix the problem, but I don't and I can't afford to pay a machinest to modifiy it for me. I don't need this press as I already have a RCBS Rock Chucker press, but I could leave this setup for decapping only. Any idea what part is missing ? Here is several pictures. I only paid $15.00 for it, so I am not out much money if I can't fix it.

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got this from another gun site

Order a universal shellholder adapter ~$18.95 @ch4d.com....order extra clips for ~$1.(I call them Jesus clips,as in ,"Jesus! Did you see where that thing went?!?".
And where else are you gonna find a single-stage piece of history at that price?
 

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Mine has male threads at the top of the ram. Your shell holders also have male threads. I have no idea to make the picture bigger.
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then, i'd suspect you need a threaded collar....????

screw one end onto the ram, and the shell holder in the other.>???

i'll look for more pics, gimme some time.
 

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That looks like my press, but the ram is different. It does not have that slot machined in it for the tool to eject spent primers.

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might be a later model..maybe the primers had to be popped out by a hand tool back then..???

or

maybe that ram you have, is not the original to the press..????

i dunno..i never heard of Herters until maybe about 3-5 months ago, n another site for reloading, that a guy had from his granddaddy..??

you might have to try seeking out Herters press collectors..???

this from another gun site
 

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I will just keep checking eBay for the part I need and if I don't find one, I will buy one of those inexpensive LEE presses for decapping cases. Thank you OLE X ME for your time and effort.

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good luck bro...

i only been reloading for over a year myself.

personally for the money....

Get Lyman single stage press, extra heavy duty....

i got this one, cheaper....i think from midsouthshooters..???

 

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might be a later model..maybe the primers had to be popped out by a hand tool back then..???

or

maybe that ram you have, is not the original to the press..????

i dunno..i never heard of Herters until maybe about 3-5 months ago, n another site for reloading, that a guy had from his granddaddy..??

you might have to try seeking out Herters press collectors..???

this from another gun site
Yeah, I was thinking it was a older model. Who knows, if I run accross somebody local with a lathe to machine mine.

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good luck bro...

i only been reloading for over a year myself.

personally for the money....

Get Lyman single stage press, extra heavy duty....

i got this one, cheaper....i think from midsouthshooters..???

I have a brand new RCBS Rock Chucker kit with everything that I must have bought 15+ years ago. I have everything I need to reload, just have not done it because ammo prices use to be so cheap and it was cheaper to buy at the time and I was working all the time. I am retired now and have more time. The only thing I wish I had like many others is more pecussion caps.

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I have a brand new RCBS Rock Chucker kit with everything that I must have bought 15+ years ago. I have everything I need to reload, just have not done it because ammo prices use to be so cheap and it was cheaper to buy at the time and I was working all the time. I am retired now and have more time. The only thing I wish I had like many others is more pecussion caps.

CHEVYINLINE6.
same here (retired) and i have a DIllon 550c, and a Lee Pro-4000.....i also have a Lee single stage press, for swaging only, and that Lyman i linked you to, for my Forster set up, bullet pulling only

the Lee is a light weight press, i can actually "see" it slightly "bending" when i swag some brass..

that Lyman is solid cast iron, weighs about 15 pounds (+/-) and it is stout....

i only reload when my stock of reloaded ammo is down by at least 1,000 rounds.......so...with my shooting...???

that can be a few months before i reload again.
 

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Adapters in post #2 appear to be both internally and externally threaded; could work, no personal experience. A bit of research indicates that the male threads on the press ram are probably 7/8"-14, which would be easy to check by comparing to standard reloading dies. If that's the case, there are a number of ways to make a adapter to the adapter.

I have one of the Herters O presses with the set screw shell holder. My experience is that for as strong as it is, it does not provide all that much leverage and is a bit difficult to use.
 

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Adapters in post #2 appear to be both internally and externally threaded; could work, no personal experience. A bit of research indicates that the male threads on the press ram are probably 7/8"-14, which would be easy to check by comparing to standard reloading dies. If that's the case, there are a number of ways to make a adapter to the adapter.

I have one of the Herters O presses with the set screw shell holder. My experience is that for as strong as it is, it does not provide all that much leverage and is a bit difficult to use.
good catch..!!

all i was seeing was the external threads.......they very well may work
 
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