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Hello. I'm using a Lee rotary loading press- I 've had good success with it for many thousands of rounds. But now a used primer is stuck on the tip of the pin, and I can't get into the opening to try to remove it. I also can't loosen the nut that locks the pin in position. Tried about everything. Other than returning it to Lee, any suggestions would be appreciated. Naturally this happened while I was trying to load a bunch of boxes of 9mm. Sheesh.

 

Chuck

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Just raise the handle and it will place the used primer back into the shell. Grind a chisel point on the decapping pin and the used primers can no longer get a grip on the tip on the depriming pin. Some experimentation may be necessary to fine tune the tip but generally a profile of a flat blade screw driver works best.

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I'm a little confused. Since the primer is solidly attached to the pin, I don't see how it gets from the die back into the bottom of a brass case. In any case, it seems to be VERY stuck on the pin. If I'm misunderstanding you, I apologize.

 

Chuck

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are you saying that a primer stuck to the decaping  pin .then it pulled back through the case?

Lets see a picture of that. otherwise what sarge said.And through that case away if it did pull back through.

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Actually, I don't know how it happened. Your question is a good one, but I'm afraid I can't answer it. I only know that there is a spent primer that is very stuck to the tip of the pin.

 

Chuck 

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are you sure its not a .22 case stuck to the de cap rod?

use 2 wrenches 1 on the top of the die the other on the decap rod nut.

heat it up with a heat gun etc if necessary.   hit decap nut wrench with a hammer

sudden shock may break it loose. still would like to see a picture of this.

 

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Die.jpg.200acb9b2fa4189d7eacdbebac4901c9.jpg

You can see where I tried- in vain- to grind the primer out. The die needs a little clean-up after it's done!

Chuck

 

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looks to me the pin is broken not something stuck on the end.

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Holy crap 😲.  That's a new one for me.  Try using needle nose pliers and twisting it.

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On close examination, it does look like the center rod has snapped off. Darn. And Lee Precision is basically closed- no phone number or email address on their website. 

 

Chuck

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Snapping that pin (or bending it) is not uncommon. You might as well pick up some replacements unless you don't mind being offline while Lee ships you a new pin.

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I Forum member has offered one at a below new price. I posted my problem on this Forum before any other, because it doesn't seem like a group of strangers. Nice.

 

Chuck

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Generally the Lee decapping pins just push up out of the die rather than break unless there is something causing a side load on the pin like debris in the case or the collet nut is overtightened preventing the pin from pushing up. 

 

I believe all Lee handgun dies use the same decapping pin (p/n 90027) and it's available on Amazon, Fleabay and else where.

https://www.amazon.com/LEE-PRECISION-90027-Decapping-Handgun/dp/B00HZ9U5H2

 

There are also aftermarket versions that a supposedly stronger, but I have no experience with them.

 

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Aftermarket versions that a supposedly stronger on amazon are a month out in shipping at this time.

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I keep a few spare decapping pins on my bench just in case. I broke one a long time ago at an inopportune time. But that one has definitely snapped at some point.

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I think Midway carries them also.

It'll cost you more for the shipping than the pin!

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I'm up and running again with a new pin. This is a great Forum!

 

Chuck

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Thanks. I'll keep that in mind- just in case. Although, for that price, it might be better to have some spares on hand.

 

Chuck

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