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Hornady LNL AP broken pawl does not come out!!!!

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by the count, Jul 14, 2011.

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  1. the count

    the count Member

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    For whatever reason during todays reload session the right pawl broke. Called Hornady CS, no problem, will send free replacement. Thought I would get everything ready for the part and take out the old pawl. IT WILL NOT COME OUT. I spent over an hour trying to get it out. The piece thats left inside is so short that nothing is protruding so that you can use a tool on it. It only goes back and forth a bit as there must be a spring behind somewhere. I even tried to drill it out...a exercise in futility, the pawl resists drilling (yet breaks, go figure). Anybody else ever have this problem? I guess I have to tell Hornady to send me that entire piece that houses the 2 pawls....
     
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    There is a spring behind the pawl. pull the handle down or up so the pawl is facing down, you did take the screw out right? and tap on the cast piece with a plastic mallet or hammer handle, Lightly tap tap tap and the pawl section should vibrate its way out and fall out.
     
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    Odd...I recently broke one. After I took the screw out, the spring popped the other piece out.
     
  4. the count

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    No dice, entire toggle needs to be replaced.

    spoke to hornady cs today and told them my story. they wanted me to try the following, take a round file and smooth out the channel the pawl sits in. already did that yesterday with sand paper, but I gave it a try anyway. nothing. as a final step i widened the channel with a drill, banged with a hammer and got my rare earth magnet - pawl still refusing to come out. this must be the pawl from hell. called CS again and they are sending a complete toggle with new pawl, etc. i will send them the bad unit so they can see what the problem was.
     
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