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str*keraj said: Tonight I was just running rounds off the press and suddenly "SNAP" the bolt that holds the shell plate snapped and the shellplate with 4 cases are stuck at the top in the dies..... What should I do now? How can I get them off? Many thanks http://img403.imageshack.us/img403/8421/img0145u.th.jpg (http://img403.imageshack.us/i/img0145u.jpg/) http://img26.imageshack.us/img26/5616/img0146cm.th.jpg (http://img26.imageshack.us/i/img0146cm.jpg/) http://img833.imageshack.us/img833/8871/img0147pt.th.jpg (http://img833.imageshack.us/i/img0147pt.jpg/)
Sn*wboy said: I'd take 2 screwdrivers and pry the shellplate slowly down
c*linjw said: I would phone Dillon. They should be able to tell you over the phone what to do. Plus they are going to have to fix your machine under the lifetime warranty.
r*dbirddog said: and last night I asked you how it was running, I hope I did not Jinx you. Dillion will mail you a new bolt, so give them a call. If you are still having issues getting the stud out I can slide you an EZ-out kit to remove the broken stud.
str*keraj said: I'd take 2 screwdrivers and pry the shellplate slowly down just tried.... too stuck lol
str*keraj said: and last night I asked you how it was running, I hope I did not Jinx you. Dillion will mail you a new bolt, so give them a call. If you are still having issues getting the stud out I can slide you an EZ-out kit to remove the broken stud. lol i might need to borrow that kit there is no way i can get that thing out
7.62mm said: Can you get wrenchs on the dies and just start unscrewing them? If you have extra lock nuts, screw them on the threads, and tighten 2 together, then use a wrench to take the dies out of the head! The shell plate will hold the cases, and it should pop out. The only real problematic one should be the re-sizer die! Just a thought.
sc*oter24 said: just tried.... too stuck lol Try harder, I've been in the same situation a couple of months ago, ended up using 2 - 18 inch prybars, finally broke it free. Found a piece of an old jacketed bullet that had jammed all up inside the casing. As for the broken bolt I used my little Mastercraft electric pencil grinder and cut a slot on the top of the broken bolt then used a slotted screwdriver and basically unscrewed it.
ch*mo said: apply oil liberally, let sit, then pry it
F*silier said: I'd try removing the dies, powder measure and head from the top and then tapping down into the offending cases. Mind you I don't thin I'd try tapping on top of any case or round that has a live primer in it. You might also try tapping some wedges in between the shell plate and the upper frame. You could even use wooden wedges since it won't harm the metal. Once you're done, Dillon will see you right. I've had my SDB completely replaced (the mounting frame metal actually failed) and I was the second owner of the unit. Best of luck and wear eye protection.
ch*mo said: i dont think he can remove the dies since the brass is all held up by the shell plate
str*keraj said: called dillon manage to get the broken stud out, also the tool head, but the case with shellplate is still stuck... i put a punch in the case that is stuck in the resizing die and whack it with a hammer but it still does not move at all.... what else can I try??
7.62mm said: Put the whole works in the freezer for a couple hours.....take it out and try the punch again! The brass should shrink a little to get some free play!
str*keraj said: Put the whole works in the freezer for a couple hours.....take it out and try the punch again! The brass should shrink a little to get some free play! i dun think my freezer can fit the press.... the square deal resizer die is a drop in into the frame, which is not part of the tool head.... may be i will try using the compressed air can and spray into the brass..... those air are pretty cold...
JB said: ask dillon to send you new parts to fix it and if they want you'll mail them the old parts back
str*keraj said: ask dillon to send you new parts to fix it and if they want you'll mail them the old parts back called them already and they are mailing me a new bolt but the problem is to get the stuck brass out from the die... cold air does not really work.....
C*nuck44 said: I had a stuck case in a rifle die and tried everything including freezing the thing. I would try to explore ways of prying out the cases anyway you can, including drilling them out. You likely are going to destroy the dies in the process. Once you get them out I would send all the pieces back to Dillon. My bet is they will replace all that is damaged. Take Care Bob
F*silier said: I can't tell from your photos but is there a gap between the top of the shell plate and the bottom of the sizing die? Could you get a hacksaw blade in there to cut the bottom of the case away from the part stuck in the die. At least that way you could get the die up out of the top of the press and the shell plate away from the head. You could probably salvage the shell plate but you will want to get a new sizing die from Dillon anyway. I like your idea of using compressed gas to chill the casing. Better still might be a bit of dry ice dropped in from the top.
m*oseman1 said: if there is enough room get 2 or more pieces of treaded rod (ready rod ) with two nuts each,screwing both nuts on completely slide between your top plate & shell holder, back the nuts off the rods evenly ,it should give you alot of force.you might have to go pretty small if theres little room.
W*de Kirk said: I'd try removing any powder in the cases at 2 and 3, filling the cases full of WD or 3in1, squirting penetrating oil around the dies, and go to bed. In a day or so put brass rods (as large as will fit) in the cases at 1 and 3, lay a piece of flat metal (ie a Wunderbar) across the brass rods, and whack the bejeesuz out of it. Wear gloves, long sleeves, and safety glasses/goggles.
7.62mm said: Did you ever get this sorted out?
str*keraj said: now im half way through cutting the base of the stuck brass off with a hacksaw blade.... then I am going to mail the resizing die with the stuck case wall in back to dillon and let them fix it.....
str*keraj said: stuck brass ID.... S&B.... i think may be brass sorting is a good idea after this
7.62mm said: The only problem I have ever had with the S&B brass is the flash hole being undersized. Strange! Still doesn't explain why the bolt snapped like it did.OH well, I guess this is what warranties are for!
j*ckenape said: i dun think my freezer can fit the press.... may be i will try using the compressed air can and spray into the brass..... those air are pretty cold... Well, it's a good thing we live in Canada, and it's January. Most of the country resembles the inside of a freezer. ...ie, put it outside :p
B*ck45 said: S & B brass even if the flash hole is undersized it shouldn't jam up a complete unit. Looking at the Dillon sizing depriming die I guess the decapping/depriming pin would snap first before getting stuck in a flash hole. What did Dillon say that would cause this ...
str*keraj said: S & B brass even if the flash hole is undersized it shouldn't jam up a complete unit. Looking at the Dillon sizing depriming die I guess the decapping/depriming pin would snap first before getting stuck in a flash hole. What did Dillon say that would cause this ... I just mailed in the die with the stuck case in it.... I will see what they say about it.
B*ck45 said: I just mailed in the die with the stuck case in it.... I will see what they say about it. Reason asking is years ago..I had a spent 22 rimfire case stuck in a 38 special. The depriming pin went through the 22 case and still knocked out the primer. The 38 case stayed in the shell holder . The 22 case was impaled on the decaping pin when the die was raised. Just pulled the 22 case off. Now every case gets a visual after cleaning.