MattBrewer13
MattBrewer13
2 posts
Joined July 2017

Now quite lining up?

Hey guys I have noticed that on certain calibers, this time I am seeing it on 380 but have seen it in my 300BLK in the past, that station 2 seems slightly off and station 3 will actually lean the 300BLK over a smidge while I have to lean the 380s over manually to get them to run through the seating die correctly.

If I do not lean them over, they will peel the side of the case open on the little 380s because the die is catching on the lip of the case. just a little bump and it goes in but you can see that it is at an angle. You can see this happen with 300BLK as well. I have not run any 223 in a while so I cant speak to the that.

I realize that they all use the same plate and I can't figure out what's up because it is tightened down to the point that much more and it will not advance.

I am starting to think that maybe the platform is out of alignment?

Anyone got any ideas? I will be glad to grab a video of this happening if they need to see it in action, I am loading a slew of 380s so i will have plenty to make for examples.

Also, even though I am loading these at what seems to be an angle, I can see nothing wrong with the finished product as long as I do not peel the case open on the side. They shoot and the firearm functions as it should. I do notice that some might have more of a "bullet base ring" to one side over the other but nothing that is preventing performance of the ammunition. It is however slowing me down and just a pain to have to correct every bullet going into the 3rd station seater. it is slightly off on station 2 as well but it has not been a problem as the expander funnel slides down into the case. It does lean it a smidge but not like station 3 does.
sdb321
sdb321
9 posts
Joined July 2016

RE: Now quite lining up?

I had the same problem in station 2. I found out that my brass pins was not the right size . I measured them and found some small screws with larger heads that would push the case more toward the center of the shell plate. Also the powder die has a small amount of "play" in it. So before tightening the lock nut I raised the shell plate and pushed the die to make things line up properly. You may find that this method will work on station 3 also. Good luck.
MattBrewer13
MattBrewer13
2 posts
Joined July 2017

RE: Now quite lining up?

How would I go about getting the correct diameter specs for the pins? They seem like they touch the shells about like any other setup I run.
coderpitt
coderpitt
97 posts
Joined November 2012

RE: Now quite lining up?

Make sure that you are using the correct pins for the caliber too. I reload several calibers, so I have to keep a laminated table of conversion parts for the six calibers that I reload, in case anything gets swapped. I've experienced using the wrong pins before and it can be frustrating. The manual for the machine should have the information in the back.
dillon
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dillon
3,111 posts
Joined July 2007

RE: Now quite lining up?

Push down on the edge of the shellplate between stations 2 and 3. If it feels springy, then the shellplate bolt needs to be tighter. A good way to test this is to tighten the shellplate bolt down completely, so that the shellplate cannot rotate. Then, put a case into the shellplate and check the case alignment.