Moving from RockChucker to Dillon & per Forster (and Redding’s) instructions for their micro seating dies I’m trying to setup the die with the base of the die touching the shell plate. “...Continue screwing the die clockwise until you have fully compressed the sliding Die Chamber. “ The problem is using the lock rings supplied with the UniqueTek head and ram fully up, the the sliding die is exposed about 3/8”. Not enough threads left to screw the die down any further.
I notice the lock rings are “thicker” than Dillon’s, but I need the supplied rings for the pin hole.
I seated about 50 rounds of Berger Hybrids and CBTO varies +- .002 or so, ES .005 at worst. Wondering if not being able to fully seat the die might be part of the problem.
Thanks for any help.
(At least I’m getting better at ensuring the ram is up and a case inserted before I hand pour powder!)
The clamp screws below are not installed.
My planned setup is powder in station 1 ( auto thrower/trickler), powder check in station 2 (Varget in 223 & 4350 in 6.5 CM occasionally bridges & clogs the funnel), seating in station 3 and Redding Instant Indicator in station 4.
It’s been my go to load now for 2200 rounds till this morning. White puff of smoke out the vent was my first clue.
Edited... Checked the primer and it was definitely “cratered”pierced; huh, oh well, tried firing another and damn, the trigger is stuck in the fired position. Quick google tells me blown primer plus Jewell = busted Jewell. Not pierced here, just "cratered'"
My only guess is I left a round chambered in a “hot” barrel and cooked the round. But it’s kind of a moderate load and I’ve shot in hot 100 degree TX weather all summer long. Today was a balmy 80.
For the first 1500 rounds or so I've mostly single fed rounds. (Primarily because they've always been clumsy to magazine feed.)
I had my smith look at my feeding problems and he "tuned" the magazine feed lips to see if it improved. It hasn't. The problem is, after a round or two, invariably one will get caught, jammed below the feed ramp against the action and fail to chamber unless I re-seat it. Anyone have any idea what is causing this? Thanks in advance.
(Also while at the shop, we tried a pMag and Alpha mag, but neither fit properly in the mag well)