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Can't get my Progressive turret to move!

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by treebeard, Dec 6, 2006.

  1. treebeard

    treebeard Well-Known Member

    I just got my Lee progressive 1000 and I have followed the video from the Lee website and looked at the instructions that came with the press and I cannot get the turret to move like it is supposed to! Arghhh...what am I doing wrong? Can anyone help me on this one? Thanks!
  2. Barr

    Barr Well-Known Member

    Are you talking about the toolhead or the shellholder? To get the shellholder to index, there is a helix about 1 inch above the bottom of the rod that passes through the middle of the shellholder.

    Sometimes my Pro 1000 will not completely index to where it will seat on the ball bearing (when you hear the click). There is a screw on the (I think) left side that can be adjusted with a phillips head screwdriver. I do not have my press in front of me right now. You can adjust the indexing capability by initiating the indexing motion and if it comes up short you turn the screw to the right to make the shellholder index to the next position. Sometimes it takes 2-4 times like this to get it to index correctly.
  3. treebeard

    treebeard Well-Known Member

    No matter what I do it will not index!! I have turned the screw you are referring to clockwise or counterclockwise and it still won't index. I even followed the video from the Lee website and still nothing. I am going to call Lee today.
  4. 1911user

    1911user Well-Known Member

    Definitely call Lee and post what the problem was. I keep hearing their customer service is wonderful.
    Last edited: Dec 7, 2006
  5. ilbob

    ilbob Well-Known Member

    the turret does not index, the shell holder does. it indexes on the down stroke. there is a long rod that goes through the shell holder. the last inch of it has a spiral gear on it that meshes with another nylon gear in the shellholder. when they collide, the shell holder rotates.

    could be the nylon gear is missing inside the shell holder.
  6. treebeard

    treebeard Well-Known Member

    Well, I called Lee this morning and spoke with Dave who told me to send the shell plate in. I said okay. After taking the shell plate off I looked at the underside and noticed that the small plastic piece in the middle that turns the rod was cracked in 3 places. No wonder it wouldn't turn. I called Dave and he is sending me a replacement part today. A+ for Lee customer service.
  7. loadedround

    loadedround Well-Known Member

    :) No plastic in the Dillon 550B or 650 guys!
  8. The Bushmaster

    The Bushmaster Well-Known Member

    Oh for Gods sake...Give it a rest...:rolleyes:

    Every thing is plastic these days. Even my Chevy and your Ford.:D
  9. cloudcroft

    cloudcroft Well-Known Member

    ...and there is a reason for using plastic parts in an auto-indexing progressive press. Look it up.

    So it's not simply being "cheap" to use plastic (or nylon).

    -- John D.
  10. benedict1

    benedict1 Well-Known Member

    Dillon Priming System--SDB, 550 and 650--plastic part.

    Tell us about the plastic tip in the primer magazine on the primer tube, you know the one--the little 25 cent deal that fails at the most inopportune moments! You only know it after you loaded about 50 rounds with no primers in 'em. If it isn't just the right flex, or is worn a little, no primer drops into the carrier cup.:uhoh:

    I lived through that little sucker until I sent the Dillon equipment back and got my money. And what's even better, after Dillon sends you a couple they might still not work.:banghead:

    If there was a better material for them I guess they'd find it. Plastic it is for now.

    I have loaded thousands of rounds with a Lee Classic Turret Press and a Lee Load Master in the past 3 months. The plastic stuff is functioning very well, thank you very much.:)

    I'm not trying to start an argument but let's get the facts straight.
  11. trickyasafox

    trickyasafox Well-Known Member

    if your talking about the white nylon gear, your lee pro 1000 should have shipped with a spare in the parts baggie they give you :)

    i'd take the free one, but use the other to load in the meantime:cool:
  12. The Bushmaster

    The Bushmaster Well-Known Member

    And besides the nylon ratchets are cheap, three to a pack. Bought a pack 6 years ago and am on my last one. Hummm. better add that to my list for Christmas. Good gift for a grandchild to get me...:D

    Dillon has a plastic part? Oh gosh, oh dear.:D Lee turret has no plastic parts. Lee turret has only one "nylon" part.
  13. treebeard

    treebeard Well-Known Member

    Judging from the color of it, I would agree that it's "nylon" and definitely not plastic.;) Oh yeah, now I know what that extra little baggie is for.

    Well....I got the index working great......and then I broke the chain that your supposed to hook the powder measure to the frame with!:cuss: :cuss: Looks like I will be going to home depot tomorrow to get a chain!
    Last edited: Dec 7, 2006
  14. loadedround

    loadedround Well-Known Member

    Chill out Bushmaster...I was only joking.:banghead:
  15. The Bushmaster

    The Bushmaster Well-Known Member

    Loadedround...I am chilled out. It's 4 degrees here this morning...:)
  16. loadedround

    loadedround Well-Known Member

    Well Bushmaster, it's a warm 20 degrees here so you win!:)
  17. The Bushmaster

    The Bushmaster Well-Known Member

    L O L I didn't know it was a contest. My horses would definately prefer your weather though...

    Treebeard...All is well I presume?:)
  18. treebeard

    treebeard Well-Known Member

    Yup. I got it going and had to fiddle with the primer attachment to get it to work. It looks like it will do the job. It was 14 here in NH this morning without the wind chill.

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