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I reload on the Hornady E.Q. What I am going to tell you is what works for me. Most guys will disagree with me and it's OK to have an opinion but this is my advise. I hope it works and what I am going to tell you works for me. Here it goes.

I ditched the Hornady lock rings for the Lee. For me the Lee's can be tightened by hand and if you need a "Little" more torque then you can use a wrench. However, when the word wrench gets thrown into the equation that is where your problem starts.

If you go into local gun shops where they sell used die sets you will notice that many used reloading die sets are heavily scared from over torquing the dies with wrench's. Many times reloaders tend to reef down on the reloading dies and therefore over tighten them.

If your LNL inserts backing out it is because you are OVER TIGHTENING the locrkings. As a matter of fact the amount of torque that is neded to keep a die in place on the LNL is the same torque (within reason) that needs to be applied on all reloading dies. On the Hornady dies I can literally finger tighten my Lee dies with my fingers and then tighten down the allen bolt and they will remain perfectly adjusted for the rest of the reloading process. Then, once you are done losen the allen bolt on the lock ring and simply loosen the die from the LNL bushing and the die will unscrew without the bushing cominmg out.

If you just want to remove the die/LNL bushing together then just turn the die counter-clockwise and it will slip out without causing the entire threading system to follow but it will still be threaded into the LNL bushing. I believe that is what you are trying to achieve. By not over torquing the reloading die into the press it will unlock and come right out.

If you do get in a bind and the entire die/LNL Bushing/and threads come disconnected together, wrap a shop rag around the threaded piece and gently place it into a vise and clamp onto the threads (you won't hurt the threads) and then take a wrench and losen the assembly. Now you can disconnect everythingand replace the theaded piece into postion and start over. This time don't over tighten the die and you will see that it will work properly like disgned.

Disregard the bushing being bad/ out of tolerance. You will chase your tail trying to prove that theory. What you are experiencing is over tightening. It is as simple as that.

The trick to keep the entire threaded piece to stay put is to not overtighten it in the first place. This is why I use the Lee lock rings becasuse I can literally finger tighten them and when I tear down my E.Q. it comes apart with ease. Try both sets of lock rings w and you will see the simplicity of the Lee lock rings with the o-ring system will work for you.

I am making a series of videos on the Hornady LNL Progresive Press. These videos are going to cover complete setup, trouble shooting, and performance. They will be as detailed as I can get them and I hope they will help you out. I will address the problem you are struggling with in the econd video. The video's appear to be around 30 minutes so they are coming slowly but surely.

I hope this helps you and pm me with any questions. You have a good press and once you figure it out you will be up and running.
 

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I can't add to the sage advice already posted, but I would like to add a comment about Hornady and their customer service.

I have the old Pro-jector Hornady press and today I broke the inner spindle on the full length resizing die for .223. It's the decapping/mouth resizing spindle. I called Hornady customer service, explained the part and where it broke and behold, they are sending me a new one out today. In fact, it's the new and improved part from the one I have.

I actually kind of stumbled with my words when she said OK, I'm sending you one out. I was thinking is that it? No more questions? Do I need to send you the broken part? Nope, they're simply sending out the new part. That's what I call honoring your lifetime warranty.

Good job Hornady...

kevinh
Yes, and I will say that is how Lee and RCBS are. One thing about these companies is they provide good paying jobs and give excellent customer service.
 

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I know I'm not over tighten the die. I have only figure tightened the lock ring. Even with no die inserted into the LNL bushing I have to take a pair of channel locks to turn it to get it to lock in place and to remove it. With the 3 that came with the press I have one that I can install and remove with my fingers
OK, that is good. Here is what you need to do. Place the LNL bushing half way into the LNL threaded piece that keeps backing out. Then take a pair of channel lock pliers and snug the threaded piece back in and you will be good to go. The LNL bushing can be used as a tool to tighten the inner threaded piece back in. After that it should stay put and you will be good to go.

I made a video on what you are trying to fix because it seems to be a reocurring issue on some preses. I will try to post it up on youtube if I can figure out how to.
 

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Out of 3 bushings that came with the unit only one can I insert and remove without channel locks.
To make things really clear to everyone. Lets take the dies out of the picture all together. I cannot tighten the LNL bushing into the press by only using my fingers. On two of the three I have to use channel locks to completely turn it all the way in until it locks
Did you use solvents on the o-rings that caused them to swell? Maybe the o-rings are too thick. Maybe a thinner o-ring?
 
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