Pics really help. And if all else fails, get a smoothe pre-crimp die. It doesn’t mess up anything.
Checked it each time i noticed a shell precrimp badly, it spins. I disassembled it this afternoon and made sure all the sides were smooth and everything moves freely. I would retrofit a MEC pre crimp if i could!I would first check and see if your crimp starter moves freely and not sticking at all.
That would be station 3, the wad insertion, and it doesn’t really do much “ belling”. The wad guide fingers just go down into the folds to prevent wad from catching like any other loader does.i also own a sl 900 and looking at your pics its hard to tell if the station that opens ( belling ) the case mouth is opening it to much .
Agree here, yes, all those go to practice, and may end up getting tested on the old Grabber to see if that repeats. Are the AAs more prone to this? it seems like more people are gravitating to STS hulls from AA. At one time AAs were favored.I very rarely ever saw that when I loaded tens of thousands of Gun Club hulls. Now I load only STS an N27's and I see it occasionally (1 or 2 per hundred) with my MEC 9000. I fault the hulls. I sort those funky finished shells into a practice box marked for immediate disposable. My cull rate is probably higher than most people's anyway...I don't load gold Remingtons more than 3 times before tossing them. When a poorly crimped shell is fired, it's still obvious that the folds aren't right and it's destined to do it again. They shoot just fine but never make it back to the bench.
Far from it. I love mine. I notice he is missing the case collator/feeder. I can’t crank out half again as many rounds on my Dillon as the 9000 I run also. I only have to insert a wad, and pull the handle. I load all my 6 pt crimps on the MEC, the Dillon sucks at those, I’ll admit that. No bushings to change, holds a whole bag or more of shot.Junk Shells....and a Junk Reloader...get a 366 and don't look back