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Sticky Lee Dies ? 9mm

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by ColdShot, Oct 21, 2010.

  1. ColdShot

    ColdShot

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    I bought a Lee 9mm carbide die set and the powder die is giving me fits,on the up stroke its no problem but on the down stroke the case gets stuck slightly
    causing the ram and bench to jump a little,its not a smooth release like I am used too....Seems the mouthing cone or whatever you call it is acting like the case wants to get stuck......

    Thoughts on how to smooth it out ,this certainly is not normal and a PITA
     
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    I always thought a little snag on the way down was normal. I figured it was because the case is coming out larger than it went in.
     

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    I don't notice this on my Dillon. I figured it was because the machine is so much larger and more stable. But I clearly remember when I use to load on a SS, the snag that you are talking about.
     
  4. GioaJack

    GioaJack Conifer Jack

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    Just polish the funnel with a little jewelers rouge, fine lapping compound or whatever you have handy.

    All you're aiming for is to take out any machine marks or rough spots.


    Jack
     
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    THats what I was thinking of doing,the bell has to be off somehow

    and for the record I am using a 550B
     
  6. Bob2223

    Bob2223 Jack's buddy!

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    Try a little lube on a few cases, I lube 15-20 or so out of a hundred.
    When it starts pulling harder run a lubed case through.


    Bob
     
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    This will help, but my buddy, who is a machinist, found that Hornady & Lee have a back angle cut at the end of the tapered part, only like 0.0015", but it causes the case to stick. So polishing will help, but recutting them on a lath is the true fix. I am just passing on what he told me, but he is good at his profession.:dunno:
     
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    ID try that too.........What lube can I use in a pinch? I have no "Reloading" lube per say but I have about 20 other oils in my shop
    but I think the stickyness is from inside the case not outside
     
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    Boxerglocker Jacks #1 Fan

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    A dry silicon lube would be best IMO if you can't find a dedicated case lube such as Horandy one shot.
     
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    Just curious what kind/brand of brass? My Lee 9mm die does the same thing, but only with CBC (magtech) brass. All other brass runs through very smooth.
     
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    WiskyT Malcontent

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    Does anyone even consider reading the directions anymore? The Lee PTE die is SUPPOSED to stick on withdrawl. The resulting shake ensures the powder drop tube empties all of the powder into the case.
     
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    If these are RPUs, take a good look inside the case mouth for possible sealant residue. I've encountered some that had some remaining residue that would try to stick on the powder funnel.
     
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    Sorry CS I was thinking sizing die :embarassed:

    Your right WT I just started using a 44 Mag Lee die set and it said "and does" exactly what your sayin.


    Bob
     
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    GioaJack Conifer Jack

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    We're men... we don't need no stinkin' instructions.


    Jack
     
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    I emery clothed the bell and got it a bit shiny and it seems
    better....loaded up some 9mm for range tests
    4.2g and 4.5g of universal test loads 124g FMJs

    :)
     
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    ron59 Bustin Caps

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    I have a Dillon powder station, and my cases often are "sticky" there as well.
     
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    Horandy One Shot will cure all your problems. I used it for years.
     
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    GioaJack Conifer Jack

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    HA! Take that Fred! :banana: :banana: :banana: :banana:


    Jack
     
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    What powder measure?

    When exactly is the problem happening. When you are raising the handle just after belling? I want to be sure. Dillons have a common issue with raising the handle just after belling and there is a simple fix. Just need to know what is really happening.
     
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    Take it where Jack? I polish all of the expanders in my dies. Smooth is good.:supergrin: