Pampurrs
Pampurrs
42 posts
Joined September 2016

Spent primers escaping

I have an issue with some of the spent primers not making it to the catcher. I'm not sure what it's called but it's the metal thing with the spring that catches the spent primer and drops it into the spent primer cup.
I can count on at least ten out of every hundred spent primers that I punch out of the brass bouncing around and landing on the floor or on my bench, never making it to the "catcher". It's not a serious malfunction, but enough to annoy me.
Is this a common issue? Is there a fix for it?

Thanks
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lessteinberg
lessteinberg
2 posts
Joined September 2016

RE: Spent primers escaping

I agree with replacement of the cotter pin as solving part of the problem. Affixing a washer or small magnet to the back of the chute also helps it open reliably each time. Lately, however, and by accident, I have 99% solved the spent primer problem that misses the cup. For reasons related to bulging 38 Super brass, it was suggested by a friend that I obtain a Lee Undersized Sizing die. I did that and it solved my bulging cartridge problem. I also noticed that no spent primers were being spit out on the floor or bench. Wasn't sure if that problem was as prevalent on 38 Super as it was 9mm and other calibers, but it didn't hurt to try. I replaced my 9mm sizing die with the regular Lee sizing, de-priming die and lo and behold, I maybe lose 2-3 out of 100 or less. It would appear to me that the fixed decapping pin, as opposed to the Dillon spring loaded pin is the difference. It's an inexpensive fix for under $25 at Midway or Amazon.
workonwood
workonwood
10 posts
Joined July 2013

RE: Spent primers escaping

I use a piece of blue painter tape....taped to the inside rear of the catch cup and up into the right link arm. Some times a primer will miss the cup and go between the cup and link arm.....I have maybe one or two every 500 now that don't make the cup.
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