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Hornady LNL Small Primer Feed Problem

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by asdpoiu, Jan 18, 2009.

  1. asdpoiu

    asdpoiu Member

    I am using a Hornady LNL and I am having a problem with my small primer feed system. I have loaded several thousand rounds of large primer ammo without this problem. It appears when I reach the top of the stroke and the primer slide is fully extended (the point at which the primer drops into the slide) that the primer feed tube is drifting up ever so slightly, at which point the primer slide gets stuck and wont return to the seating position with a primer. When the arm is at the top of the stroke, I can touch the feeder tube and it will press back down into position. I think the extra small gap between the primer tube and the primer slide is causing more than one primer to drop and is jamming up the works, which causes the hassle of unscrewing the system and sending primers everywhere. I am THIS close to dumping it and trying a Dillon, but if you have any advice I would appreciate it. Thanks.
  2. Guy B. Meredith

    Guy B. Meredith Well-Known Member

    Check with Hornady--they are very helpful.

    I load nothing but WSP and with the new primer system have no problems other than occasional need to clean the path. The previous system needed special adjustment on the nut holding the tube to the slide to reduce friction on the shuttle.
  3. Kentucky Jelly

    Kentucky Jelly Well-Known Member

    I would contact Hornady. I have never had trouble with the primer tube on mine.
  4. Shoney

    Shoney Well-Known Member

    Call Hornady at 1-800-338-3220
  5. doctorxring

    doctorxring Well-Known Member


    Don't dump a LNL-AP for a Dillon. I've had both. The LNL-AP
    is a better machine. Even the "Blue God" RL550 can have a
    bug in it likes yours that needs sorted.

    Hornady will get you running.


  6. Idano

    Idano Well-Known Member

    I am assuming that's the frustration oozing out, if not I suggest that you get out of progressive reloading; occasional mechanical issues and troubleshooting are the nature of the beast.

    You stated that you have had good luck with the large primer setup so the problem is with the small primer conversion; either the pieces or the timing. Check these things first:
    • Verify that there are no dings or burs on the small primer slide. If there are polish it until it is smooth.
    • Verify that there are no dings or burs on the face of the small primer tube. If there are polish it until it is smooth.
    • Ensure that the track the primer slide fit into is clean and free of dings or burs. If there are dings or burs polish them out.
    • Make sure the primer tube body housing block is sitting flush on the sub plate if there are dings or burs on either surface polish them out.
    • With the small primer slide in place, the primer tube body housing block bolted down, and the return spring in place lower the handle and make sure the hole in the primer slide is centered within the primer tube body housing block; if not adjust the timing wire.

    By the time you finish this list you should either have the problem solved or the defective piece identified. Hope this gets you going.
  7. pinkymingeo

    pinkymingeo Well-Known Member

    Let me know if you plan to dump the press. I had the same problem out of the box and it was, as Idano already mentioned, the timing wire. Remove the blast shield and primer tube. Move the shellplate to the top of the stroke, and look at the alignment of the hole in the slide. I had to move my wire about 1/8", and the small primer feed has been perfect ever since. For whatever reason large primers weren't involved in the problem, or solution.
  8. DickM

    DickM Well-Known Member

    +1. The small primer problem was driving me crazy until I figured out that I could adjust that wire track - no problems (with primers, anyway) since.
  9. robctwo

    robctwo Well-Known Member

    Timing wire adjustment.

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