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Anyone ever converted from LNL bushings to 7/8-14?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by 119er, Feb 3, 2013.

  1. 119er

    119er Well-Known Member

    I am mostly concerned with the LNL AP press at the #1 station. The bushings do the Whack-a-mole when I'm resizing. This can't be very consistent and just generally irritates me. Considering the time it takes to change calibers, screwing in a die isn't really a deal breaker. If the switch is possible, I might do it to station #5, where I typically crimp if needed.

    Maybe if it's not possible I could Belzona or epoxy a bushing in place?

    Anyone else recognize this?
  2. vtail

    vtail Well-Known Member

    You mean the dies are moving within the bushings or the bushings are moving within the press?
  3. hAkron

    hAkron Well-Known Member

    If the lock ring on your die is tight against the bushing, then use an adjustable wrench to sung the lock ring (and by virtue of contact, the LnL bushing) down. It shouldn't move after that. I do that with my powder measure to keep it from coming loose.
  4. ConcernedCitizen

    ConcernedCitizen Well-Known Member

    I'd check the lugs inside of your bushings, just to make sure they aren't cracked. I've read of a few people that have experienced cracked lugs, which might allow for a lot of excess movement.

    Another option would be to call Hornady and ask them for a set of shims. I was having problems with my powder measure working loose, and the shim has made a big difference. You might also try a thicker o-ring, if you can source some locally.
  5. choppinlow

    choppinlow Well-Known Member

    I am not having any problems with my LnL bushings, but I too would prefer to convert to standard threads like my other equipment. If anyone is aware how to I would surely like to hear it as well. I just don't see any point to the LnL bushings really and am happier just threading them in.
  6. hAkron

    hAkron Well-Known Member

    You could probably JB Weld a bushing into each die station which would give you a permanent threaded hole instead of a bushing hole. I don't know if you could go back though.
  7. ConcernedCitizen

    ConcernedCitizen Well-Known Member

    You could, but it would require removing the female bushing from the aluminum press body. I believe they are threaded into the press.

    Perhaps you could find a way to drill and pin the bushing in place?
  8. BYJO4

    BYJO4 Well-Known Member

    There is a simple solution to your problem. Call Hornady tech support and ask them to send you some shims to use under your Quick Change bushings. I always use one on the bushing holding my powder measure. The shims are free and eliminate any movement of the bushing but still allow to remove it by twisting.
  9. ReloaderFred

    ReloaderFred Well-Known Member

    The shim solves the problem and they're free for the asking. Just call Hornady and they'll have them to you shortly.

    Hope this helps.

  10. beatledog7

    beatledog7 Well-Known Member

    I emailed Hornady CS after reading this thread, and a pair of shims are already on their way to me, gratis. I love those guys!
  11. Otto

    Otto Well-Known Member

    Hornady's shims are a band-aid fix that covers up the symptoms but does little or nothing to mitigate the underlying problem of sloppy tolerances.
    No one should have to shim a die to keep it in place.
  12. jjjitters

    jjjitters Well-Known Member

    I think the loosening comes from only hand tightening the bushings. I made a wrench and just give them a little more than what can be done by hand. Haven't had any loosening of anything. I don't see why anyone want to screw all the dies in and out every caliber change. A 1/3 of a turn and the die is out,drop in another, quick twist and done. I put the adaptor in my Rock Chucker and can use all the quick change set up dies in there also.
  13. beatledog7

    beatledog7 Well-Known Member

    I'm not having any issues with my bushings now, but wear happens, and I don't want to get caught out, so I asked Hornady for a couple of these as a precaution.

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