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RCBS Turret Headbolt Problem

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Historian, Sep 14, 2011.

  1. Historian

    Historian Well-Known Member

    Does anyone know of a way to keep the turret headbolt from backing out as I move the turret head back and forth between stations? As I move the turret from decap/sizing to charging to seating and then back, the bolt gets loose and the turret head develops more and more play. Is there a way to prevent this? Thanks.

  2. ranger335v

    ranger335v Well-Known Member

    You might do what I did with my turret, wrench lock it down so it can't move and use the press as an expensive, funny looking single stage.
  3. steve4102

    steve4102 Well-Known Member

    I crank mine down tight with a socket wrench, the turret rotates just fine and the bolt cannot come loose without a wrench. If you cannot wrench it down and still rotate it, call RCBS, either the washer is oversized or the head is out of spec.
  4. Jesse Heywood

    Jesse Heywood Well-Known Member

    I usually tighten mine with a combination wrench using the press handle as a lever against it. On one of my heads that is too tight, so I back off some. Another I use an arbor shim to take up the slack. Also lube the bolt shaft, washer and head with some white lithium grease, just not on the threads.
  5. fguffey

    fguffey Well-Known Member

    Turrets that rotate or shell holders holders that rotate on a progressive press? Nothing aggravates me, I have a Herters with a turret, it locks down with a large bolt through the center of the turret,if it is loose enough to rotate while rotating the turret, the reloader is just wasting their time, the bolt must be tight.

    On a progressive press, if the bolt is backing out when backing the shell plate up or getting tighter going forward I would drilltap the ram for a set screw.

    F. Guffey

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