Joe
Joe
116 posts
Joined September 2007

XL650 Primer Locator Tab Spring

Is there a trick to getting that darned thing back into its slot? I made a mistake by taking the locator tab off because I misfed the primers into the primer magazine and had to remove the primer feed assembly. I took out the wrong screw...and saw the spring take off. I was able to locate it, and after several attempts, I was able to get it into the slot, but had a different problem when I put the machine back together, and of course, I lost the spring again. I managed to locate it one more time, but after several more attempts, it popped out and bounced off the back of my reloading bench, and I don't know where it went after that. Maybe I need longer fingernails to hold the spring in place while I push the locator tab down over it.
Thanks.
Joe
Joe
116 posts
Joined September 2007

RE: XL650 Primer Locator Tab Spring

If I could, I'd like to make a suggestion:
On the primer locator tab, perhaps a small post (maybe 1/4") spot welded to the side that faces the spring housing slot, as well as making the slot where that primer locator tab spring fits into the feedbody an enclosed slot, rather than an open slot. If not closed all the way, at least part way so the spring doesn't suddenly fly out of the slot. When I would try to hold it down, sometimes it would slip out and would flop over between the tab and the feedbody housing.
Joe
Joe
116 posts
Joined September 2007

RE: XL650 Primer Locator Tab Spring

I ordered two replacement springs, and they came today. I got it installed, and tightened the retaining bolt down enough to allow the indexer tab to move freely against the shellplate. Does it need to be any looser (or tighter)?
dillon
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dillon
2,945 posts
Joined July 2007

RE: XL650 Primer Locator Tab Spring

The tab should freely pivot. Adjust the set screw so that the tab is within a few thousanths of an inch away from the case.
krusemichael
krusemichael
1 post
Joined July 2009

RE: XL650 Primer Locator Tab Spring

Yes, order extras and either spot weld or tighten the screw on top of the Primer Station Locator Tab (they call it a BH screw and has a washer under it; I also screw the set screw in the Primer housing that adjusts the Locator tab all the way in.

Once it is out, remove your shell plate and everything else, the place one end of the spring in the "slot" that is behind the Locator Tab and use the Tab to push the other end of the spring into the slot. Keep in mind that while you are doing that with one have you should have the BH Screw ready to re-attache the locator tab or the spring will fly out again.

Have to remember every time you remove the shellplate to tighten down both screws for the primer locator tab and the loosen the BH screw and re-adjust the tab locator with the set screw.

Be patient but once you get the hang of it, it becomes easy. You have to use the tab locator to hold the spring in place while you push the Locator and the spring until it lines up with the hole for the BH screw.

Good luck!

Michael