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mec grabber problem

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by slayer, May 30, 2012.

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  1. slayer

    slayer Well-Known Member

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    The collet on my mec grabber wants to pop on the upstroke. When it does this it occasionally makes the primer jump and flip over or fall on the floor. the only solution is to frequently spray the collet with silicone. is there an adjustment on this? thanks Bill
     
  2. Shooting Jack

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    Bill, do you use lube on the outside of the collet so when it slide into the sleeve it will keep it from hanging? You can order it from Mec, Brownell's etc but I just went to NAPA and got can of anti seize and it works great. Jackie B.
     
  3. stokinpls

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    1. Try backing the collet adjustment off a couple clicks.

    2. Use a heavier lubricant or Never-Seize.

    Good luck.
     
  4. hmb

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    And don't forget to check for a piece of shot between the blades. HMB
     
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    Make sure you clean it. There is probably some smashed piece of shot or something that is making it stick and then put some lube on it.
     
  6. halfmile

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    Anti seize is the stuff. Put it on with a q tip. the steel on steel when the collet closes makes for sticking. regular oils vanish in a few strokes because of the pressure.

    HM
     
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    Never-sieze is ok but it is like the plauge,once you have it some where it just spreads. Get a good heavy grease. And pick all of the shot and powder out of collet.
     
  8. stokinpls

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    I always recommend it, for anyone who always wanted to play the "Tin Woodsman" in the "Wizard of Oz".
     
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    Spray silicone,one squirt in the collet and "POP" is gone in two or three pulls.
     
  10. slayer

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    OK...cleaned the collet and used anti-seize on it. It stopped popping for about 3 boxes and then resumed doing it. It looks like the primer rests right on the edge of the collet, so any "pop" at all can mess with the position of the primer. Don't know if this is normal or not. I may resort to grinding the edge of the collet in that spot a little so the primer doesn't actually rest on it. I don't see how adjusting the collet pressure could do anything because it wouldn't change the height of the collet. Any more insight on this? Is there any way to lower the collet a little? Bill
     
  11. phil calvin

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    The link above on Shotgun World is a pretty good guide on all things MEC9000.

    The primer popping out of position problem is addressed in the first link of that post

    http://www.shotgunworld.com/bbs/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=148737

    -phil
     
  12. hmb

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    Part of the collet is a threaded tube that screws into the base of the press. It is locked in place by a nut. Loosen the nut and rotate the collet clockwise. That should lower the collet if it is not already screwed all the way in. HMB
     
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