Jumping Frog wrote:
I received an email question from someone I shoot with. Since I don't really know the Pro-1000 at all, I thought I'd post it here for help:
I am emailing you in an attempt to solve a problem. I wanted to graduate form single stage to progressive, Single stage loading I am fine with but just wondering if you could help me out here.
After getting a Glock 19 and Lone Wolf Barrel I purchased the Lee pro 1000 progressive press. I heard they can be a "pain in the ass to setup" but I have never experienced anything like this yet. I have everything together and the press cycles for what the naked eye looks right. I have adjusted the timing very little and still am having a major issue. When I resize and deprime (die number 1 in the front) the brass gets caught in the die and then I have to use a screw driver to get the shell plate assembly back down. If I just pull on the level the ram rod that goes into the shell plate just sticks and the operation goes no where. I am confident that die is setup properly I just do not know what could be causing this.
Got any suggestions I can pass along? (I already asked him via email to confirm he has a carbide sizing die.)
This may mean that the shellplate assembly is at a slight angle relative to the ram, rather than being perfectly perpendicular.
Have him do this: first, raise the ram and lubricate it. Then raise it and lower it a number of times to ensure the lubricant is spread evenly on the ram. Now loosen the hex bolt that holds the shellplate carrier onto the ram while the ram is lowered. Place a case in station 1 of the shellplate and raise the ram, forcing the case into the decapping/sizing die. Then lower the ram very slightly, just enough to ensure that the shoulder is clear of the shellplate carrier. With the shoulder of the ram just touching the shellplate carrier, tighten the hex bolt. Then lower the ram. That should pull the case out of the die.
As long as there isn't a manufacturing defect in either the ram or the shellplate carrier, the above should ensure that the shellplate carrier is properly aligned with the ram so that the shellplate is perpendicular to the ram.