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Hornady lnl issue.

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by 1in9twist, Dec 19, 2011.

  1. 1in9twist

    1in9twist

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    Maybe someone else had this issue and can save me some investigating. I picked up another LNL (brand new), bolted it down to the bench, cycled it by hand a few times and noticed that something is dragging\binding at the primer seating portion of the stroke. The ram stays stuck down in the seating position if you let go of the handle.(Spring is installed)
    It isn't the primer slide assembly
    It seems to possibly be the brass tube that the spent primer drops thru is not inline with the hole bored for it in the press frame. (So it binds when the ram brings it closest to its hole in the press frame)

    The ram looks good with no obvious drag marks or scratches. I lubed everything and cycled the hell out of it and it still sticks down. [​IMG]

    I think I might have to knock the tube out of it and see if that helps.

    Any thoughts?
     
  2. jbrown13

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    I don't fully understand this sentence. Please elaborate.
     


  3. Colorado4Wheel

    Colorado4Wheel

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    I bet it's the tube. I would also bet you would be better off just calling Hornady and getting them to send you a new one. I heard that once you pull it out you will likely mangle the tube and need a new one. I was able to remove mine with some pliers after wrapping it with a old scrap piece of rubber inner tube
     
  4. Either the primer punch is getting stuck or the spent primer tube is stuck up. Does it get stuck with the shell plate off. I managed to push out my spent primer tube after a primer back up. It went back in without a hitch.

    Good luck.
     
  5. 1in9twist

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    If you push the lever forward like you are seating a primer, and you let go of the lever, it stays there. It is supposed to come back up to the "idle" position by itself.
     
  6. 1in9twist

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    Yep, sticks with out the shellplate or the primer system attached. :steamed:
     
  7. 1in9twist

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    I am thinking the same.

    I really didn't wanna mess around with it, but prolly will cuz its just as much of a pain in the ass to send it back. :supergrin:
     
  8. jbrown13

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    A stab in the dark, so forgive me if I'm wrong. I have the LnL AP, but have given up on the priming system and prime by hand. That said, isn't it the spring on the primer punch that returns the handle to "idle"? Have you checked the primer punch to see if the spring is bound up or dirt is causing it to stick? I was having constant problems with this occurring when I was priming on the press. The punch would stick in the up position and the primer shuttle would catch on it.
     
  9. Colorado4Wheel

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    If you call Hornady they will send you a new one. It's then easy to just grab the old one with some pliers and pull it out. I won't matter if it gets mangled. The new one is just a compression fit. Tap it in gently and your done.


    There is a spring around the primer discharge tube that holds the ram up. If you don't have one that would explain your priming issues.
     
    Last edited: Dec 20, 2011
  10. WiskyT

    WiskyT Malcontent

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    [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Dec 20, 2011
  11. jbrown13

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    Steve, I have that spring in my press. I was going from memory, which I should have known better. My priming issues were intermittent, but exasperating, so I gave up and went to the RCBS hand primer. I no longer have primers that take two strikes to go bang.
     
  12. Colorado4Wheel

    Colorado4Wheel

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    My solution for the same problem was to get a 650.
     
  13. GioaJack

    GioaJack Conifer Jack

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    Literal translation... QUITER.


    Jack
     
  14. thorn137

    thorn137 Walther

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    - Lift the ram to the top, and push UP on the priming pin (from under the shell plate) to be sure it's moving freely up and down.

    - When the ram is down, move the handle slightly back and forth as if you were priming over and over. You should feel no friction, resistance, etc. If you do, try loosening the priming pin a bit and retightening.

    - Look down into the hole where the primer goes, and wiggle the handle. The pin should not be touching the primer slide as it comes up.

    - As mentioned earlier, you should have a spring around the spent tube between the ram and the casing. (EDIT: Apparently this isn't your issue, though)

    Hope that helps -

    thorn
     
    Last edited: Dec 20, 2011
  15. Fuerte

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  16. 1in9twist

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    Hmm....Some very good info here! Thanks! I will try tomorrow.
     
  17. 1in9twist

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    Ok, so I had some time to play with this thing. I stripped all the primer linkages,pins etc. unhooked the press linkages (Which was missing a "C" clip and a wave washer by the way) So, what I was left with was just the main cylinder that I could move up and down manually. The ram still sticks in the down (priming) position, and actually took some effort to get it "unstuck. The brass tube (Spent primer tube) was removed as well. The only thing left is that the main ram is out of spec. :dunno:

    Called Hornady, they want it back. So I reassembled it and its on its way.