Tuning the Index Pawls

These need adjusting when shell plate rotation does not align the shellplate correctly to the decapping hole or the priming hole in the base plate.

To adjust the index pawl, loosen the lock nut with a spanner, and turn the screw with the correct hex driver. As you turn the screw, you will see the index pawl either retract or protrude further out.

If the shellplate is travelling too far, the index pawl must be retracted a little bit.

  • When the alignment is out on the upstroke, the right pawl needs adjustment.
  • When the alignment is out on the downstroke, the left pawl needs adjusting.

If the shellplate is not travelling far enough, the index pawl must be adjusted to extend a bit further.

  • When the alignment is out on the upstroke, the right pawl needs adjustment.
  • When the alignment is out on the downstroke, the left pawl needs adjusting.

If the press jams on the upstroke, the right pawl is extended too far.

if the press jams on the dowstroke, the left pawl is extended too far.

If the press jams on the upstroke, and the right pawl is fully retracted, the index pawl arm is out of position. Adjust the index arm so the pawl moves forward.

If the press jams on the downstroke, and the left index pawl is fully retracted, the index pawl arm is out of position. Adjust the index arm so the pawl moves rearward.

If the pawl does not engage on the upstroke, the right index pawl should be extended. If the index pawl is fully extended and the shellplate is not rotating, the index pawl arm needs adjustment.

If the pawl does not engage on the downstroke, the left index pawl should be extended. If the index pawl is fully extended and the shellplate is not rotating, the index pawl arm needs adjustment.

It is advised to make incremental changes, as the adjustments are sensitive and fine. It is easy to be heavy handed and miss the correct points.