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LnL Case Retainer Spring

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by pinkymingeo, Feb 1, 2008.

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  1. pinkymingeo

    pinkymingeo Member

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    I get kinks in my case retainer spring on my AP. The first one finally broke. Happily I had a spare (which is already kinked). I must be doing something wrong. Any advice?
     
  2. Master Blaster

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    I have had my LNL for one year and I have broken two case retainer springs, they seem to last about 2000-3000 rounds before they break. When they do all of my rounds in the process of being loaded fall on the floor.

    This is something my dillon 550B has never done.
     
  3. Canuck-IL

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    It doesn't hurt to unscrew the ends, de-kink it as much as possible and screw them back into each other. Mine lasted 8-9k until the kinks made the joint unreliable.
    /Bryan
     
  4. pinkymingeo

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    I just called Hornady. They tell me either I have a Projector plate mixed-in with my LnL plates, or there's a burr on the subplate. I'll look and see. Just figured that I'm not unique, so other guys must have been through this.
     
  5. JFettig

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    I have over 5k through my press and I have no problems with my spring, Its fallen apart a couple times, but I just twist it back together and it works great.

    Jon
     
  6. IMtheNRA

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    Someone here had posted they they use a very large O ring. Any idea what size?
     
  7. Shoney

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    I have some where around 25,000 - 30,000 loads thru my LNL Auto, with dozens and dozens of changeovers from rifles to pistols to revolvers. I have not had one bit of trouble with my spring.

    How are you guys doing that??????????????????
     
  8. jenrob

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    I think I've got about 10,000 rounds thru mine. I didn't realize at first that it wasn't a complete ring that it came apart. The first time and only time mine came apart I took it and twisted it the oppisite that it would screw into the other end and then screwed it back together. I twisted it more than I needed to and when I pull it of it wraps around a couple of times but has never come apart again. I heard somebody else had touble so I bought 2 extras to have on hand. It's been almost a year and no problems.
     
  9. pinkymingeo

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    I think I've found the problem. The Hornady rep mentioned that rough edges will kink the spring. I ran my fingernail around the cutouts on my 38 shellplate, where the spring groove is, and found a couple of sharp edges. Pulled out the dremel wirebrush and started polishing. While I was at it, I wirebrushed the subplate cutout where the wire dips down between 5 and 1. Then I ran a quick couple hundred rounds using my backup spring. No kinks! Before, it would have had one. Now I'm going to polish the rest of my plates and see if I can put this problem behind me. Here's a pic of the spring I'm replacing.
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