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About the time you think you have seen it all....

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by 320090T, Dec 18, 2011.

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  1. 320090T

    320090T Well-Known Member

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    I have been reloading since 1978, thought I'd seen and done it all, made every mistake possible and then...... this. I load on a PW and a primer snapped out of the post and disappeared. I looked for it but it was gone to where other stuff goes that you can't find. I put another primer onto the post and continued loading. The next day I loaded up more shells until the loader arm wouldn't go all the way down, indicating something was hitting or at least touching. I checked all the places that might hit and all was clear. I saw the old primer fall out so it wasn't a stuck primer but I put my finger under the primer eject spot and felt something there. I backed the primer knock out ram up and the obstruction was still there. Now the issue required a flashlight and low and behold there was still a primer there only upside down. The primer that was lost? I found it! It had ricocheted into my shell hopper and worked into an unloaded shell. I know, you are suppose to check all shells before placing them onto the loading station. Live and learn.
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  2. JACK

    JACK Well-Known Member Supporting Vendor

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    About the time you think you

    similar happens to MECs. a primer gets into the empty and as you deprime the rod goes past the loose primer and all seems well. but then at the next primer seating station the loose promer gets jammed into the drop tube adn some powder drops, but not much and you go on loading those till youdecide to check a dished crimp andfind out youhave jjust smidgons of poowder. Usually you can pick out the light powder loads by looking at the crimp. I forget how I got the stuck primer out of the drop tube.
     
  3. Ross

    Ross Well-Known Member

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    That's a new one to me and I've been re-loading for 40+ years, just goes to show me I can't be too careful. Ross Puls
     
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    320090T Well-Known Member

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    What are the chances of a primer getting into the correct position to push out the old primer and enter the pocket? I felt the resistance and started checking to see what was wrong. What would a hydraulic system have done? I probably could have shoved it on through although I'm sure the primer would have went off and that would have been noisy.
     
  5. Dr.Longshot

    Dr.Longshot Banned Banned

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    That is one of the reasons I got rid of my Last PW, to much trouble, and had to always be on the lookout, but that is what you are supposed to be doing while reloading. Just too many things, especially sizing the Top Guns w/steel
    heads, they required a lot of down force to re-size and a lot of force to get them out of the Dies, when done.

    Gary Bryant
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  6. Ross

    Ross Well-Known Member

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    DR.Long I had the same problem, one day I was grumbling about it when a shooting buddy offered to "lend" me his mec. ss #77 re-sizer, said once I re-sized my hulls & shot them in my gun they would be much easier to re-size, if needed at all (tight chambered M31 TC) well I'm skeptical but thought it's worth a try. I now own a #77 re-sizer, yes it is an extra step but well worth it to me. I now just re-size just as a matter of course & don't even think about it. They chamber just like new shells. I'm not a Mec fan but that thing is the best re-sizer I've ever used. Ross Puls
     
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