Re: I need to vent
All of this is the result of a press with auto indexing. I have had three progressive presses with auto indexing (Older Hornady shotgun press, Dillion SQ Deal, and LEE 1000) and each was to some degree of a nightmare when they screwed up. Auto indexing is a waste. I can operate my Dillion RL550B without auto indexing nearly as fast as any of these auto indexing presses.
Several things happen with the auto indexers. The action is usually abrupt which can throw powder out of a case moving from the powder station to the bullet seating station. The indexing can be less than perfect causing the die to not be in alignment with the case or the primer system to screw up because the case is not in alignment with the primer system. When the table/shell holder is moved by hand you can control it to keep the motion smooth and get it locked into alignment perfectly.
Then when it does screwup you got powder all over the press and down in the workings of the press (auto indexing mechanism). This requires clearing the press to clean the powder out. Sometimes you have to take the press apart to get all the dumped powder out of it. Now, how does that save time when reloading?
This thread is the first one I have seen that shows that the Hornady LNL progressive press is not the reliable press that you get with the Dillion RL550B. Funny how others have had similar problems with the Hornady LNL and not mentioned it before(??). Some come here to argue that the Dillion RL550B is over priced and has fewer features than the Hornady LNL progressive press. Well you guys can keep your Hornady press with its auto indexing if this thread is indicative of it. While the Dillion is not perfect it is not this imperfect. Based on this thread the Hornady press design is very suspect (6 broken pawls for the auto indexing before the poster dumped the press entirely!). There is something to be said for the Dillion design which is over 30 years old, has been evolutionarily updated along the way, has an excellent reputation overall, and changed the way service is done across the entire industry. Its continued popularity must say something (??).