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Old October 5, 2011, 10:03 PM   #1
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Lock N load not indexing spot on every time

When she indexes, the primer is off sometimes and I have to move the shell plate a few degrees to get the primer to line up with the pocket. Sometimes it right on and sometimes not. Id say about 75% of the time it doesn't line up.
Any ideas?
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Old October 5, 2011, 11:24 PM   #2
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Your shell plate nut is too tight.
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Old October 6, 2011, 12:16 AM   #3
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checked the shell plate nut. needed to loosen it with the allen wrench. then snugged it back finger tight. Same problem.

I also noted that my brass is binding up in the down stroke just before it ejects. I started helping them out by hand and that seemed to lessen the index problem.

The press has just under 400 rounds through it. I checked the index tabs at the bottom and the still look brand new.

I added grease to all the zerks. also no joy
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Old October 6, 2011, 01:16 AM   #4
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Does this misalignment happen on ALL you shell plates, or just one plate?
See if your shell plate lines fails to line up on a SPECIFIC SHELL STATION. If it lines up on 4 stations and fails to line up on the last station, your shell plate may be bad. I have heard of this before. The offending shell plate was incorrectly machined. Hornady provided new shell plate at no charge.
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Old October 6, 2011, 05:21 AM   #5
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I had the exact same problem when I got mine. I had to slightly adjust the indexing pawls. It was only a slight adjustment if Remember correctly but it was some time ago. I would suggest ringing hornady they will no doubt be able to talk you through the adjustment process.
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Old October 6, 2011, 07:05 AM   #6
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Also keep a case in each station, this will help keep the shell plate level.
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Old October 6, 2011, 07:08 AM   #7
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It sounds like it doesn't happen every time, so that leaves two possibilities.

If the small ball-bearing detents on the bottom of the shellplate are fitting fully into the corresponding recesses on the subplate each time, then the shellplate must be incorrectly machined. More likely is that the shellplate isn't rotating enough for the detents to engage properly every time, requiring you to add a final little clockwise push by hand to get it into the correct position (do you feel the shellplate clicking into place when you move it?). That's easily corrected by adjusting the left-hand pawl. Using a small Allen wrench, back out the set screw that holds the spring-loaded pawl a little bit - the pawl will then apply a bit more rotation on the up-stroke of the handle. It doesn't take much adjustment, but it's not big deal to get it right.

In the unlikely event that the shellplate is moving past the correct position (which means you would have to rotate it slightly counter-clockwise by hand), then turn the set screw down a bit.
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Old October 6, 2011, 08:33 AM   #8
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Sounds like a Pawl adjustment. I had to re-adjust mine a couple of weeks ago after 3 years of use for the same reason. The pawl you need to adjust is on the left side of the ram (for the down stroke), and just turn the allen head adjusting screw about 1/4 turn at a time till it lines up. 1/4 turn may be all you need.
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Old October 6, 2011, 09:45 AM   #9
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Thank you all for posting the tips here--I've been watching the LnL videos trying to get information about the AP, and possible issues with the press that I may experience running mine.
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Old October 6, 2011, 08:53 PM   #10
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I had this problem with mine soon after I got it. The little tab that fits in the spot on the shellplate to turn it was broke but not all the way. When I would take the shellplate off it wasn't noticeable because it would re-align from pulling the shellplate up. I screwed around with the pawls a lot but it didn't change. I just happened to notice it one day and called Hornady. A new one arrived two days later.
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Old October 20, 2011, 11:15 AM   #11
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Ok. Im back online. Thank you for all the responses.

I adjusted the left paw and that fixed my indexing problem. The right paw needed a small tweak too.

I ran 50 more cases through and im still having the hang up on the eject.

I started to mark the plate. making a dot with a sharpie at the offending slot.
The results: only one slot had no dots. the rest had a almost equal amount of dots.
Im starting to think that maybe the shell plate is bent. I have a new plate ordered but it will be 6 weeks before im home again. (damn job)
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Old August 30, 2012, 02:37 PM   #12
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I have the same issue with a new L-N-L. Eventually, the press froze and I broke the left pawl.

I called Hornady customer service and they said the press indexing (pawl adjustment) was incorrect from the factory......

In addition to that, I also have a couple of primer issues. Apparently, this was not set correctly at the factory too.
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