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Lyman multi expand / charge die issue

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by OB_WAN, Nov 2, 2009.

  1. OB_WAN

    OB_WAN Member

    First of all I do enjoy this die. It simplifies the process significantly on my turret press. And the expand die has a taper that works well for seating lead bullets. But I have a bit of a problem and was wondering if anyone else was experiencing the same thing.

    The appropriate expander screws in to a sleeve that's supposed to slide in to the die and be tightened by a set screw. Unfortunately the sleeve fits SOOO tight in the die that it's extremely difficult just to get the sleeve in/out of the die. I had to use a hammer and punch to get the sleeve out.

    I was wondering if anyone else is experiencing this problem. I'm thinking they had a issue when machining the inside diameter of the die since both the short and long sleeves are binding inside the die. I plan to call Lyman tomorrow but thought I'd check here to see if it was a 1-off problem or common issue.

  2. GP100man

    GP100man Well-Known Member

    If no burrs or powder residue build up it sounds as tolerences were held too tite .

    Polishin may help but I`d give Lyman a call first 1-800-22Lyman & see how they want to handle it first.
  3. Walkalong

    Walkalong Moderator

    Yep, some polishing will most likely make a world of difference.
  4. OB_WAN

    OB_WAN Member

    it was a brand new die and no burrs found so I'm guessing you're right. I'll call lyman and see if I need to go purchase a dremel or if they'll fix it for me. thanks for the feedback.
  5. GP100man

    GP100man Well-Known Member

    no need for a dremel just a snug fittin swab & lappin compound , or a wood dowel split on the end with a peice of emory cloth or finer grit wrapped on it!!

    final polishing with some flitz on the swab will shine it good!!
  6. OB_WAN

    OB_WAN Member

    props to lyman customer service. I told them what my problem was and they immediately sent me a new die body. the new one works like a charm. thanks on the tips for opening up the other body.

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