Thursday, February 18, 2010


My upgrade kit arrived in the mail this afternoon, along with some spare parts I'd ordered. So armed with an allen wrench and a clamp, I installed it just after I got home tonight. The process is very simple and took no longer than 20 minutes. The instructions are easy to understand. If you'd like a video step-by-step, stop by Ultimate Reloader and you'll find what you're looking for.

The only part that is tricky is removing the spent primer tube, but it's not exactly a trick - it's just a step you need to do carefully. Hornady includes a small tool to assist in the process, to keep the tube from being crushed during removal. It's very easy to remove the tube, just be sure to do it the right way.

There are a couple of modifications beyond the ejection. The trench that the retention spring moves through (near station #1) has new bevels around the edges. I suspect this is to help the spring rotate more freely. There's also a new bolt for attaching the shell plate to the hub. It uses an allen wrench instead of a standard wrench for removal - conveniently, one is included in the bag. I don't know the reason for this change, but it does look nicer.

The shell plates have been sent to Hornady for the machining, and I hope they'll be arriving next week... I can't wait to try it out.


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