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Hornady LnL not EZ-jecting.

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by justin 561, May 3, 2015.

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  1. justin 561

    justin 561 Member

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    Hi, I keep running into a ejecting problem on my LnL while depriming brass. I have the shell plate as snug as possible, the brass will eject a few and get stuck on a few. All are same headstamp from same year, TAA 01. At first I thought maybe the brass was the issue, so I tried some hornady brass and some LC which also did the same.

    Has anyone encountered this problem?
    Any fix to reliably eject 308?

    The problem doesn't happen on my 5.56/.223 brass. It is a minor inconvenience, but a inconvenience that starts to add onto time when you are depriming 1-2k lots.
     
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    I think a lot of it has to do with the weight of what is ejecting. Fully loaded cases don't give me near as much trouble as empty cases. For depriming, I just use my single stage.
     
  3. Walkalong

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    Interesting, mine rarely hangs up with any caliber, loaded or empty.

    Which shell plate number are you using? It should be a number 1.

    # 45 for .45 ACP.
     
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    Mine rarely hangs up. When it does it usually with brass where the rim is rounded badly. I may find 1 every 10k rounds. Smaller the base the easier it hangs, has a tendency to tilt.

    Measure the clearance between the shell plate and base. The min is around 0.002" , spec allows as much as 0.010". 0.003-0.005 is considered ideal.

    When one hangs it caused but the base of the brass not contacting the ejection nub squarely, causing it to tilt. A rounded base.
     
  5. justin 561

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    It is the #1plate sorry I forgot to add a picture. I thought maybe it was because the brass was really dirty, but it even happens with clean brass. I have the little bump it hits to eject it well lubed. I have tried to polish it with steel wool but no difference achieved. I thought about the drastic step of filling it down a stroke or two but decided I'd rather pick yalls vast knowledge before a drastic action as a file.
     

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    What ever clean up you do to the EZ-eject hub Make sure you keep it's 90deg angle true. If this get flattened it will cause the brass to tilt. The only way to clean/polish one is to use a square steel block flat against the base and attach some sand paper to it. If I recall I polished mine when I received it for mine was very rough.

    At one time Hornady had issues with this and they changed the opening on the shell plate. May need to contact Hornady, may have a bad shell plate.
     
  7. dirtengineer

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    I would keep track to see if it is every station on the shell plate. I did have the occasional problem with 9mm, but a dremel and some jeweler rouge on a cotton wheel smoothed things out on the shell plate.
     
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    It appears that you have the correct shell plate, and that it's tightened properly (so you stated).

    Is it possible that your retainer spring is worn (although it doesn't appear to be from the pic)?

    The only other variable I can think of is your speed/motion when raising and lowering the handle. Is it consistent?

    That were my best guesses. :)

    Good Luck
     
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    One more thing that Hungry1 mentioned was the retaining spring. If the spring is not getting out of the way completely it will cause the brass to hang. Now if the spring has kinks in it it may be the problem. The simple easy fix is to knock off the 90° edged on the base, where it drops off. Just use a file, sanding drum on Dremel to knock this off. Just do a 45° angle cut taking it back 1/8". This will allow the spring to get out of the way sooner. This was a mod that was needed with the wire ejector.
     
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    Does it work with clean shells? I don't suppose the dirty shells are a little rough and that is causing them to hang...
     
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  13. justin 561

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    Thanks for the replies. I am going to give Hornady a call and see what they can do for me regarding the shell plate. If theres nothing they can do, I will try my luck with the modification walk along suggested. Thanks again.
     
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