Lee Loadmaster index issue.

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  1. Captain Quack

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    After all the help you guys have given me I had my press already to make boom boom. Loaded up the powder measure. Cases loading in the feed hopper. Bin of 115 gr FMJ RN ready to hand.

    The index rod/flapper suddenly doesn't slide properly anymore. It was working fine all morning and suddenly this out of the blue.

    Doesn't ride back on the frame like it should unless I press it against the frame and then when I get it to the bottom it jams against the shell plate. It just seems to be really stiff sliding back and forth and not flowing smoothly. I'm not using the on press priming system so none of those parts are installed. I cleaned the rod and where it slides. I lubed the rod. I stripped them with mineral spirits. I reset the shell plate. I tried everything I can think of. Any other Loadmaster folk run into this problem or should I just buy a new rod and hope that solves it?

    https://drive.google.com/file/d/1tBPPGA7DpSgbbmmFH6SkHP3a9eihr7lj/view?usp=sharing

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  2. LoonWulf
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    LoonWulf Contributing Member

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    Sounds like your carriers timings a little out. Im not the best at adjusting the loadmasters, but ive had that issue, and readjusting per the numerous youtube video instructions seems to usually get it running fine again.
     
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  3. Captain Quack

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    And that fixed that. Quick video on setting alignment and timing and it's cranking along just fine. I never though about timing and alignment. It had been working fine an hour earlier. Your a genus Mr LoonWulf! I thank you. I know what I'm going to be doing tomorrow. Borrowing a torque wrench and cranking out boom boom lol.

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  4. T_Bone

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    With the Lee Loadmaster, timing can be an issue that can reappear. You have to make sure your carrier bolt (the long one that goes all the way through) is tight but not overtight.
    Overtightening your carrier bolt can deform the carrier bolt housing, meaning cause it to bulge ever so slightly. This is evident by a suddenly tight shell plate that was not tight before cranking down on the carrier bolt.:(

    When your press is operating correctly there is minimal to no resistance when you complete the handle into the upper position. If your carrier bolt isn't tight, and you have more resistance, there is always the possibility that when returning the handle to the upright position, meaning it contacts the flipper rod, you can 'bang' the carrier slightly out of timing.

    I'm an expert on this! :cuss:
     
  5. Captain Quack

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    Thanks T_Bone. Now I just have to find a torque wrench. I priced them and I can't quite justify that kind of money for a one use piece of hardware. I'm trying to borrow one without much luck right now.

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  6. Dudedog
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    Check auto supply stores, sometimes they rent tools.
    Rent one if you don't want to buy one.
     
  7. Blue68f100

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    How much torque does it call for?
     
  8. Captain Quack

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    Now that's an idea Dudedog! I never thought of that. I know one in town that does as a matter of fact. I'd have to watch the video again and check the sheet to get the torque value but I know they are in my shooting bookmarks.
     
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