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 Post subject: Spolar 410 shot drop issue
PostPosted: Sun Jul 13, 2008 8:09 am 
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Reloading some 410 yesterday when I noticed that a few shells were missing shot! I held a cup under the shot tube and tapped the tube. The trapped shot came out.

I continued reloading until it happened again.

I have since the cleaned the hot tube and upper assemble.
The shot tube was dirty but not significantly.

The shot used was a new bag of #9 magnum, not reclaimed.

Has anyone else experienced this?

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 Post subject: re: Spolar 410 shot drop issue
PostPosted: Sun Jul 13, 2008 9:25 am 
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Bridging in the shot tube is not unusual in the 410 in many presses and there are few things that can be done to cure it.

Best solution I have found is to remove the drop tube and polish it internally to a high luster. This seems to help more than anything else.

Also be sure the shot you are using is well graphited, and not oxidised any at all, as this will aggrivate the problem. Adding a small amount of graphite to the shot may help also.

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 Post subject: re: Spolar 410 shot drop issue
PostPosted: Sun Jul 13, 2008 12:49 pm 
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I have never experienced shot bridging when loading .410 bore with my Spolar but I did with a Mec 600 Jr. The problem was solved by polishing the drop tube with a 22 cal bore brush wrapped with 0000 steel wool chucked to an electric drill.
If that doesn't help, call Dixie @ Spolar.


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 Post subject: re: Spolar 410 shot drop issue
PostPosted: Sun Jul 13, 2008 11:20 pm 
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Hmm. I know five shooters here in Utah who load on Spolars, but none has reported a bridging problem in the 410. I would polish and call Dixie, as suggested above. Everybody I know gushes about Spolar service. Can't be entirely without cause, eh?

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 Post subject: re: Spolar 410 shot drop issue
PostPosted: Mon Jul 14, 2008 2:58 pm 
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AP, you didn't turn your vibrator off perchance? I have never had it happen on mine. I would call Carter or Dicksie, I would bet they will solve your problem. They are always there to share their experience.

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 Post subject: re: Spolar 410 shot drop issue
PostPosted: Wed Jul 16, 2008 12:58 am 
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I had the exact problem you are talking about. After much frustration dealing with both Carter and Dixie they finally sent me a new shot drop tube. The original one was machined improperly and there was a ledge that trapped shot. Every literally 5th or 6th shell was undercharged and the next was over charged. Carter said he had "never seen that before." Graphited the new tube and put it on and now I'm in business.


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 Post subject: re: Spolar 410 shot drop issue
PostPosted: Wed Jul 16, 2008 5:04 pm 
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The primer vibrator was indeed activated.

My rate of error is not as bad as dux4all's but is certainly slows down an already slow process.

After the skeet season I will remove the shot tube and polish it.

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