Curtis
Curtis
2 posts
Joined September 2011

Shellplate bearing kit

What is the deal with Hit Factor's shell-plate bearing kit? The trouble being. My 550B setup spills powder once in a while. It is the way the shell-plate jerks when rotated from the "powder station" to the "seating the bullet station". Thats when the spilled powder finds its way into the shell-plate. After 200 rounds the primers get out of adjustment because of the few grains of loose power spinning around under the shell-plate. I use a small paintbrush too keep it clean. The cleaning intervals are every 200 rounds of .45 ACP, with 3.9 grains of Clays Powder. The cleaning I can keep it clean, but what about the cases that loose a few grains of powder. Then when the primers get jammed it slows everything down. Is this Hit Factor Shooting Supply LLC an approved solution? Can the Dillon shell-plate be adjusted better? Is there a better way to clean my aging brass? Now I am getting on a roll... lol The de-priming gets the press dirty. The older the brass the worse it is. What is a practical solution? Longer times in the vibrator? More polish in with the corncob and wall nuts? Does ultra sonic clean inside the brass better. Maybe I should change my primers or powder formula to get a cleaner burn? This would result in less dirt to deal with all the way around.
dillon
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dillon
2,923 posts
Joined July 2007

RE: Shellplate bearing kit

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.

 Beware over-cleaning the interior of the brass. If the carbon residue on the inside of the case is completely removed, then the case will tend to stick onto the end of the powder funnel.

divejj
divejj
119 posts
Joined December 2012

RE: Shellplate bearing kit

Curtis,

  The Hit Factor bearing kit works for what it is intended to do, smooth the travel of the shellplate so it can be tightened down, and still be able to rotate. The bearing goes on top of the shell plate. The new issue is that now the ejection wire/spring (on a 650) is higher off the shell plate and it wants to "give" allowing the finished round to jam up against it and stopping the press because the round is still in the plate. It took a while to bend the spring in just the right angle and amounts to stop this. If you're looking on ebay, the guy snowshooze also sells a different detent ball and spring which should help. I didn't get that (yet) I just trimmed my original spring by quarter loop which was nearly too much, but it prevents the big smash when the detent ball slams home on the underside of the plate. Using both those items should help. I'm also a fan of the spent primer fix and live primer fix for the 650, both work. I don't have a 550, but I'm guessing that these aftermarket items would be similar on a 550.

Enjoy, jj

 

Curtis
Curtis
2 posts
Joined September 2011

RE: Shellplate bearing kit

Thanks Dillon and DiveJJ I will use the info you have given me. The shell plate was loose and now it is better.
babavincent
babavincent
4 posts
Joined February 2013

RE: Shellplate bearing kit

If anyone in France is reading this buy the kit from albionsupplies.com