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Why are my primers suddenly missing the catch tray?

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by wrx04, Apr 10, 2011.

  1. wrx04

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    I loaded about 1000 rounds yesterday with no problems, but on the last 50 or so, the spent primers were flying all over the place. It seems the "chute" which guides them into the tray is not closing the bottom end when the faceplate rises (downstroke of the handle)....should it? Anyone know how to fix this? I tried, but cant figure it out. Thanks.
     

  2. shotgunred

    shotgunred local trouble maker

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    What type of press are you using?
    If it is a 550 check the pin that holds the two jaws together. most people end up changing it out for something that does not bind.
     
  3. wrx04

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    Sorry, its a 550. It does seem like its the pin thats binding. Maybe i will try switching that out
     
  4. wrx04

    wrx04

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    Shotgunred, that is exactly what was happening. The pin was bent and was binding. I bent it back, and its functioning back to normal. Thanks a lot.
     
  5. GioaJack

    GioaJack Conifer Jack

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    WHAT... A DILLON THAT MALFUNCTIONED!!! I am shocked to the core.


    Jack
     
  6. El_Ron1

    El_Ron1 AAAAAAAAGHHH!!!

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    Replace the aluminum cotter key with a small safety pin.
     
  7. hmchardy

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    Got a picture?
     
  8. XDRoX

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    [​IMG]
     
  9. wrx04

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    I'll do that. Thanks for the tip.
     
  10. Colorado4Wheel

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    Also, make sure that the chute is not binding as it goes into the closed position. Do the test several times and try to force it in odd positions.
     
  11. EL_NinO619

    EL_NinO619 EX-Swage Monkey

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    Oh thats classy. Kinda like a teenage punk rock press..
     
  12. Colorado4Wheel

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    I used paper clips that I cut and bent to the right shape. No big deal and easy to make. I don't have any safety pins.
     
  13. njl

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    I had to do the same thing. All the safety pins I could find in the house were either too big or too small.

    Besides, for the OP, the real question should be how did his 550 catch all of the first 1000 primers? Even after replacing the pin, some primers just go flying...at least one every few hundred.
     
  14. Colorado4Wheel

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    You just have to live with some of them hitting the floor. I had to take some medication and learn to accept it.
     
  15. XDRoX

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    :rofl:
     
  16. EL_NinO619

    EL_NinO619 EX-Swage Monkey

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    I say dillon over enginered the design..LnL's tube does a perfect job..
     
  17. Colorado4Wheel

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    Your over compensating.
     
  18. EL_NinO619

    EL_NinO619 EX-Swage Monkey

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    :dunno: you dont agree. Im not bagging im just sayin "kiss" keep it simple stupid..