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Lee Case Resizer Decapping pin

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by primalmu, Dec 11, 2012.

  1. primalmu

    primalmu Well-Known Member

    I bought a set of Lee Pacesetter .223 dies today and just sat down to resize some cases. I noticed that the decapping pin was loose and falls out very easily. My .308 die is not like this. Is this normal or should I return the die set?
  2. J.R.W.

    J.R.W. Well-Known Member

    You should read the directions and tighten the collet. It is designed to slip up if it faces too much resistance. You'll need an 1/2" and 3/4" wrench.
  3. primalmu

    primalmu Well-Known Member

    No, the small diameter pin literally falls out of the larger part. The collet is perfectly tight and the entire assembly stays in place if I insert the smaller pin back into its hole and deprime cases.

    I've sent an email to Lee and will hopefully have them replace it.
  4. Certaindeaf

    Certaindeaf member

    Huh. I thouoght they were one piece.
  5. rfwobbly

    rfwobbly Well-Known Member

    The pin is supposed to be a "press-fit" into the stem. Use some Loctite or household epoxy to put it in permanently. It'll be OK in the morning.
  6. jcwit

    jcwit Well-Known Member

    Stick the small pin back into the rod and hit the side of the rod with a hammer while the rod is on an anvil, steel vice or something of that sort. Don't tap it, HIT it.
  7. FROGO207

    FROGO207 Well-Known Member

    The pin is not supposed to fall out. I have pulled a couple out on purpose. Vise Grips and rod in vise sort of tight. Either solution above will work but if hitting with a hammer be careful not to hit the expander ring and deform it.
  8. 45lcshooter

    45lcshooter Well-Known Member

    You may need a "headed" decapping pin. I had a die that the pin just fell out aswell. I rooted through all my drawers and all i found was regular decaping pins. Then i saw a little box i kept shuffling around, and they were headed decapping pins. Looks just like a normal decap pin with a head like a nail. I beleive my packaging was from Lyman.
  9. 1SOW

    1SOW Well-Known Member

    LEE should/likely will replace it. For pistol, I've never broken or had a problem with a LEE pin woith the sizer/deprime carbide die. 50K rds +/-
  10. howlnmad

    howlnmad Well-Known Member

    You shouldn't have to "fix" anything. The pin is not supposed to come out. Lee has a two year warranty, I'd make them honor it.
  11. kingmt

    kingmt Well-Known Member

    I really don't think you will have to make them but I would have them replace it.
  12. upstech76

    upstech76 Active Member

    Lee will replace it without any issues. Go to their website and complete their warranty form. They usually request you to email a picture so its best just to go ahead and take one and upload it with the form. In the meantime, after taking the picture, I would JB Weld the pin in place so you can keep working while you wait on a new de-capper. I broke one a couple months ago and it took about a week to get the new one in.
  13. primalmu

    primalmu Well-Known Member

    I emailed Lee last night and today they shipped out a replacement. Much praise for Lee's customer service so far!
  14. Ken70

    Ken70 Well-Known Member

    This is reality...I bought 100 .062" diameter needle bearings from Enco for $2.00. When a pin breaks, sometimes I'm able to pull it and use one of my replacements. Lots faster than sending it back to Wisconsin and back.
  15. GLOOB

    GLOOB Well-Known Member

    I've never had that problem. But personally, I'd a thunk you'd want to smack the side of the decapping pin with a punch to squish it and make it slightly larger in maximum diameter. Then tap it into the rod with a hammer. That's how I've always made rod-shaped things stick in a same-diameter hole. Maybe the pins are too hard for that.

    If you smack the rod with the pin in it, you can increase the volume of the hole. That trick might only work so many times before the fit starts to go off. Hopefully you only have to do it once.
  16. jcwit

    jcwit Well-Known Member

    Actually it makes the hole oval shaped gripping the pin on opposite sides. I've done it many times when making decapping pins.
  17. Ken70

    Ken70 Well-Known Member

    Gloob, you're one of the people that diss the Loadmaster on Midway, aren't you? If you had a clue, you'd realize smacking the side of a bored hole will reduce the volume, not increase it.
  18. ranger335v

    ranger335v Well-Known Member

    We can't beat using some 'instant' glue for jobs like that. If the pin ever breaks you can heat the rod body and easily pull the remainder out, slip a new one in and go.
  19. Foley tech

    Foley tech New Member

    Lee's warranty is actually really good. I haven't had a problem yet that calling didn't either fix or have replacements in route.
  20. kingmt

    kingmt Well-Known Member

    He is right. with the pin "in place" it would increase the size of the hole.

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