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Pro 1000 case feeder, shellplate

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by ForneyRider, Feb 22, 2008.

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  1. ForneyRider

    ForneyRider Member

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    I've been reloading .45ACP about 500 rounds now.

    The shellplate is not really grabbing the case very well.
    I tend to have to hold the case in place so the shellplate will rotate and not damage the case.

    The bulletfeeder has issues too. It tends to spit the case out. What height should I use to set it? I have the bent rod for the 45 cases, but it still tends to pop off.

    I'm trying to be smoother with the progressive to make better rounds and eliminate downtime during a session.
     
  2. Eric F

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    I am having a hard time seeing what you are describing here. But I would loosen the hex bolt and reseat the shell plate and reset the the timming with the other screw. and see how that works.

    adjust the height so it is a few millimeters higher than a case is. Reset the z bar as per instructions.
     
  3. johndeeere1979

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    do you have the right size case feeder and shell plate?
     
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    I don't know about the case feeder problems, but I just got the Pro 1000 and was having the same problem with .45's and the case feeder. I found that straightening the z bar just a little bit tends to make the feeding a little smoother. It still snaps forward, but now it's farther into the feeding cycle instead of earlier, so instead of tipping the case over, it's just "firmly" seating the case into the shell plate.
     
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    I'm about in the same spot as Eric F--and if you have trouble resetting the indexing, get spare parts in from Lee for the indexing mechanism. Have you cleaned the base / indexing recently? Otherwise, do double-check that you have the proper shell plate installed--it's no. 2.

    For the case feeder--in addition to tweaking the bend as AmbulanceDriver suggested, consider lubricating the slide with a bit of STP on the edges. Very little--just enough to stay on the edges and not the surface. That should help smooth out the sliding.

    Jim H.
     
  6. ForneyRider

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    It's the #2 shellplate.
    I keep the base pretty clean with compressed air.

    I have the large case feeder installed.

    I also have the small case feeder. But have not used it yet.

    I'll try adjusting the base and feeder assembly as suggested.
     
  7. lee n. field

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    IMHO, remove both the case feeder and bullet feeder.
     
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    From my experience, the case feeder will work just fine when tweaked.

    The bullet feeder (not tested on the Pro 1000, but used / tested on the Load-Master, in three different calibres) is a PITA and not worth it.

    Jim H.
     
  9. ForneyRider

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    Case feeder(large pistol) and shellholder(#9) worked great with the 41 Magnum.

    But they were factory adjusted.

    Case feeder is getting better with the 45ACP.

    Bullet feeder looks like a pain.
     
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    You may need to adjust your Z bar because it is not "snapping" into place at the end of stroke and is sort of running out of steam just pushing the shell towards the shellplate. The spring-loaded dingus the Zbar attaches to is supposed to give a little as the shell slides into the shellplate.
    I lubricate the moving parts of the case feeder, the pivots of the Zbar and the hex shaft and the ram with silicon spray, it makes everything work smooth. Put the silicon spray just in the grooves in the case feeder block and not on the top of the rail, or else the cases may not want to stay in place as it moves.
     
  11. ForneyRider

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    Yea, it's been several hundred rounds since last major clean and lube.

    I have some Hornady One Shot and 3in1 oil.

    I'll shoot some Hornady in there.
     
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