Dead in the water.

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Captain Quack, Apr 19, 2021.

  1. Average Joe

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    Throw that thing away and get a new die !
     
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  2. shootstraight57

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    They look like someone used a pipe wrench to adjust them!
     
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  3. GeoDudeFlorida

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    It's a bit of a drive. Road trip!!! ;)
     
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  4. Captain Quack

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    I used to hang out here on The High Road back when we were actively shooting a lot. I had forgotten the incredible amount of generosity of knowledge and support. This forum in particular has been essential to getting me back up and running without pulling out what's left of my hair. Without all you fine folk I would have given up by now.

    I like the reference to "Soviet Russia level desperation". I remember reading some of the extremes they would go to. Give me a roll of gorilla tape. A good made in America multi tool, Some bailing wire, Bubble gum and I'll build you a space ship. I just hate to give up on something just because it's not quite up to spec. Last night I was going through a box that had been in the back of the shed and found a shoe box of shot 9mm (I think I now own more 9mm cases that the Idaho National Guard) so I do still have a use for a decapper die pin and an empty space in my press head for Mr WestKentucky's fine gift.

    Captain Quack.
     
  5. rfwobbly

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    Correction. It's what's left of a Lee sizing die.

    Contact me through PM and I can fix it for you.

    Once repaired, use only a 6-point socket or 6-point box-end wrench on that collet bolt.
     
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  6. kalielkslayer
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    There hasn’t been a die set I couldn’t find in the last 4 months if I looked hard enough.

    That’s my suggestion.
     
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  7. mdi

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    Skipped most of the previous posts, but; That die is trash! Cut the threaded neck off between the nut and die body. Stem will fall out. May have to use a cutoff say/hand grinder as it might be hardened. Since the die is already junk you won't be out anything but you'll be able to size, but not decap...
     
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  8. PWC

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    I to skipped most of the previous posts. If wrench/vise grips don't work (but they should), cut off the head of the nut with a dremel, just below the split in the nut head, at the split. The spindle is held by the friction of the nut "fingers", like a collet. With no top holding the spindle, a punch should drive it out down thru the die body
     
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    Ahhhh yes......one of the 3 little sentences that'll get you thru life.....

    Joking aside, round file ...........
     
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    I have always wanted to see, Idaho!
     
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  11. Bush Pilot

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    Looked hard enough and was willing to take out a 2nd mortgage.
     
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    I started a Go Fund Me Page for your sizing die.
    So far we're up to $3.22.
     
  13. troy fairweather

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    Link?
     
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    Naw, that was kind of a joke, albeit maybe a poor one at that.
     
  15. GeoDudeFlorida

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    I laughed. That alone should tell you it was in poor taste. :eek:
     
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    Like the old saying, "I'd never belong to a club that would have me for a member."
     
  17. BBarn

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    Punching out the pin out the bottom is perhaps your best chance. You can thank Lee for using a tapered pipe thread with a hacksaw cut in it, threaded into a standard non-tapered thread for your troubles. It makes for a lousy "collet" to clamp the decapping pin, and often requires considerable tightening to prevent the pin from sliding. The result can be galled threads, and after experiencing that myself, I no longer purchase Lee sizing dies. Good luck.
     
  18. Encoreman

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    It is too lightweight to be an anchor, somebody didn't just use or abuse this thing, they tortured it. And yes a pipe wrench was used at one time as a not so nice adjuster of sorts. If that die could talk, we could have a book and a movie made about it. We could sit for hours and laugh, then point and laugh some more and it may end like ole yeller and we might shed a tear. Thanks Mr West Kentucky!!
     
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  19. Bush Pilot

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    Sounds like me, sometimes I'm the only one in the room laughing at the dumbest jokes.
     
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  20. DukeConnor

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    Plenty of 9mm die sets on amazon and ebay.
     
  21. WeekendReloader

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    I pulled the decapping pins from my sizing dies. I decap with either a LEE universal decapping die or a FA hand decapper tool before wet tumbling.
     
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    You....laugh at something in poor taste....well of course, those are usually the funniest.

    I'm really not a fan of how Lee puts that decap pin in a collet like that. You sometimes have to really give it some torque to keep it from shifting. Obviously, the proper tools(Cresent wrench , metric or standard ) work the best. Looks to me like that jam nut was tightened with a pair of vice grips with worn out teeth........
     
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  24. NMexJim

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    My guess is that it's not just the decap especially as you've used it in the past. I'd say you didn't get enough lube and have a stuck case.

    Give us a shot of the bottom of the die.
     
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  25. CWTISME

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    I had a .308 die that stripped the threads. I sent it back to Lee and they replaced it for free.
     
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