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This is how the ejector in the video looks up close. You can see that the leading edge of the ejector is mostly fine, there is just a small section near the middle that seems to be wearing, and that is where the case rim is riding up the ejector instead of being pushed along the face to eject.


Once the ejector starts to wear, there is no adjustment you can make to any other part to get it working, you have to either re-create it or get a new sub-plate.

The fix is dramatic, but effective. A weld bead deposited on the ejector, then it is ground back to shape with a dremel.

I have fixed both my presses this way, and they now cycle flawlessly.

As I mentioned, Hornady would have shipped me a new sub-plate if I had contacted their warranty department, but time was a factor for me to get the press working again.


The ejector on the Hornady Lock-n-Load is a weak point in the design of the press, and can easily be improved by Hornady.

The ejector needs to be made as a removable part held in place with a tapered head screw. The ejector can be 1mm thick [ not 0.7mm ] and of a harder steel than the sub-plate. As a replaceable part, Hornady could save a lot of money by not having to replace the entire sub-plate whenever the ejector gives problems under warranty.

Note that if the shellplate is not tight on the drive hub, the clearance between the shellplate and the ejector allows the case rim to slip between the shellplate and the ejector, causing a bind.

It takes very little apparent wear on the ejector to render it faulty.

I will proceed to illustrate how a cumulative variation in parts tolerance can contribute to the ejector becoming worn initially.

Last Updated 7 Oct 2023 at 10:17:37