Disassembly for cleaning - press, powdermeasure


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romulus
January 5, 2004, 01:51 PM
I got a Hornady AP progressive press and accoutrements as a christmas present. It's used but looks good, it is extrememly grungy (dust mixed with grease, etc, it's been in storage)

Is it inadvisable to disassemble the main assembly (leaving subassemblies alone) for cleaning and relubing? I have the exploded drawings that came with the press.

On another note, the ram exhibits vertical striations, like score marks. I can't feel any difference when I run my fingernail across the striations, I'm just wondering if this is normal or whether it's an indication of excessive wear, requiring sending to Hornady for a rebuild.

Thank in advance

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romulus
January 5, 2004, 01:52 PM
Forgot about the powder measure...it feels sluggish, can that be disassembled for cleaning as well?

Thank you again

Car Knocker
January 5, 2004, 05:58 PM
I take my Hornady Projector apart every couple of years, spritz it really well with brake cleaner, reassemble and lube. Mine also has some striations on the ram but has no evidence of wear. I've used a couple of powder measures with the Projector (RCBS and Hornady). Both can be disassembled by unscrewing the micrometer stem from the drum and popping the drum out to the side. Use a dry lube when re-assembling.

romulus
January 5, 2004, 06:24 PM
Car Knocker, you'se be a gem. Thank you.

romulus
January 6, 2004, 01:40 AM
BTW, how do you remove a circlip without buggering up the press? :uhoh:

Car Knocker
January 6, 2004, 01:31 PM
The circlips on my press each have two relief slots. I insert the tip of a medium screwdriver blade into one of the slots and twist. I sometimes have to alternate slots because the circlip wants to rotate in its grove. It doesn't require much effort or force to remove the circlips.

romulus
January 6, 2004, 04:47 PM
Thank you again!

Car Knocker
January 6, 2004, 05:40 PM
You're welcome!

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