Sesta
Sesta
2 posts
Joined September 2016

Shellplate movement

Should the Square Deal shell plate be able to be moved backwards, (anticlockwise) ?

My 550 is out of action temporarily so I started using my backup press, a Square Deal, but I noticed that I can move the shell plate in both directions very easily.
Auto indexing and shell plate advance works fine but when placing a case in station 1, it is very easy to move the shell plate out of alignment in both directions.
I've removed and cleaned under the shell plate and the detent ball seems OK and in the right place.
Since I usually use the 550 for all my reloading, I'm not really familiar with the operation and feel of the Square Deal.
Sesta
Sesta
2 posts
Joined September 2016

RE: Shellplate movement

OK, worked it out, since I am used to a little more room on the 550, I was lifting the ram about 1/2 inch when placing the cases in the shell plate.
This was just enough to clear the ? Index lever and allowed the shell plate to rotate freely.
Nice, simple solution and another lesson learnt.