September 19, 2009, 01:13 PM
It would work great if I can adjust the powder die lower, but it is already almost contacting the shell plate. It feels as if the PTX should have been made a little longer.
Last time, I ended up raising the upper clamp on the measure's threads, but I have since readjusted the position of that clamp for another caliber and this time I can't seem to replicate my past success...
What am I doing wrong? :what:
September 19, 2009, 02:11 PM
I solved this problem by using a separate expanding die just in front of the powder drop die. In the powder drop die, I use the universal pistol insert, and I don't use the powder through expander at all.
So far, this has worked very well for .38 Special, .40 S&W, .45 acp and 9x19.
Hope this helps.
September 19, 2009, 02:55 PM
I'm going to do that, but first I'll have to replace my 9mm Hornady dies with another brand, because I understand that Hornady has a roll-crimp feature instead of the correct taper crimp. This is why I use a Hornady taper crimp die on the last station. Because of this and the RCBS lockout die, I don't have room for the expander die.
I was hoping to use the PTX, but I have not been able to get it to work since my press came back from Hornady with the EZ Ject retrofit. I just can't get the powder die to sit low enough for the PTX to work unless I lower the die so much that it pushes down and flexes the shell plate.
September 19, 2009, 03:26 PM
I normally have dies from several different manufacturers for the calibers I load a lot of, so I mix and match until I get the desired results. Sometimes I forget that other people don't do things the way I do, which is one of the reasons I can't get a car in my garage......... I don't like to have to reset seating dies all the time for different bullets, so I just have seating dies set up for a specific bullet and just change dies. It simplifies things for me.
Sometimes at gun shows, or the on-line auctions, you can pick up used dies pretty cheaply. That's what I've done over the years and have lots of dies. I also don't use the lockout die, since I look in each case before seating the bullet.
Hope this helps.
September 19, 2009, 05:14 PM
I solved this problem by using a separate expanding die just in front of the powder drop die.
Yep. I just use the same expanders I have always used. I do like Fred and install them in station 2, just before the powder drop. Your die set came with one, just use that one in station 2.
September 19, 2009, 06:26 PM
Throw that lame Hornady PTX as far as you can. Go here to get a replacement that actually works.
September 21, 2009, 08:59 AM
Keep trying, you will get it. Order the replacement lower part of the powder measure and use it on your main caliber. The PTX worked fine for me in 9mm & 45. I added the universal PTX when I needed more flare for my RCBS bullet feeder. The standard Hornady dies were fine for me until I needed to remove the huge flare required by bullet feeder. Added the H taper die.