I need to replace that plastic collet that allows only 1 primer at a time to drop. What is the proper way to remove this part and replace it? I don't want to force it and break something. Thanks in advance. Ed
Or you could try to pull it off with your hand. If your like me you will have to put a lot of downward pull, jiggling it back and forth till it pops off. Of coarse when it gives way and your hand slams against the press you will have blood coming from somewhere. lol
Don't worry about breaking the old fingers - they already are broken and not useful for anything. What you want to watch out for is damaging the metal drop tube that the plastic part attaches to so stay away from pliers or anything that might damage the tube. I just use a sharp pocket knife and split the plastic all the way through then the fingers just fall off.
The replacement part just presses on and will snap into place in the retaining groove of the drop tube. You can use your press leverage to do this if the tube is still installed in the press. If you do pull the drop tube out of the press, check the mouth of the tube for burrs and roundness and clean it up before installing the new plastic fingers if need be.
most problems i had w/my 366 were w/the primer station.so i took the deprime off/the primer tube off/primer seater off and got a cheap mec to deprime/reprime hulls.when i reload w/the 366 all i do is feed hulls/ place wads and pull handle.works great.no primer half in and shot all over the floor,no fail to drop primer for what ever reason(failed to fill primer tray most of the time).works for me,but then i am the guy that drilled a hole in the top casting so i can change powder bushings w/out taking it apart.it works good also.to much time on my hands i guess. love this retirement.
exo, I had the same problem last fall. Called Hornaday and whined a little and they sent one out free. They said a 9/16 open wrench put over it with a tap it a time two and it will come right off. Worked great. Mike
Yea, you might be right about a sharp knife not being the best tool for the job, the 9/16" open end sounds like a good way to get the removal job done. I tend to go to the blade for all manner of things just because I always have it clipped in the pocket and it only takes a quick flip of the thumb and there ya go....my bad