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Disassembly for cleaning - press, powdermeasure

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by romulus, Jan 5, 2004.

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  1. romulus

    romulus Member

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    I got a Hornady AP progressive press and accoutrements as a christmas present. It's used but looks good, it is extrememly grungy (dust mixed with grease, etc, it's been in storage)

    Is it inadvisable to disassemble the main assembly (leaving subassemblies alone) for cleaning and relubing? I have the exploded drawings that came with the press.

    On another note, the ram exhibits vertical striations, like score marks. I can't feel any difference when I run my fingernail across the striations, I'm just wondering if this is normal or whether it's an indication of excessive wear, requiring sending to Hornady for a rebuild.

    Thank in advance
     
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    Forgot about the powder measure...it feels sluggish, can that be disassembled for cleaning as well?

    Thank you again
     
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    I take my Hornady Projector apart every couple of years, spritz it really well with brake cleaner, reassemble and lube. Mine also has some striations on the ram but has no evidence of wear. I've used a couple of powder measures with the Projector (RCBS and Hornady). Both can be disassembled by unscrewing the micrometer stem from the drum and popping the drum out to the side. Use a dry lube when re-assembling.
     
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    Car Knocker, you'se be a gem. Thank you.
     
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    BTW, how do you remove a circlip without buggering up the press? :uhoh:
     
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    The circlips on my press each have two relief slots. I insert the tip of a medium screwdriver blade into one of the slots and twist. I sometimes have to alternate slots because the circlip wants to rotate in its grove. It doesn't require much effort or force to remove the circlips.
     
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    Thank you again!
     
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    You're welcome!
     
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