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  • Easy way to take off expander ball without pliers?

     james updated 11 months, 2 weeks ago 2 Members · 7 Posts
  • james

    Member
    June 15, 2021 at 7:42 am

    Easy way to take off expander ball without pliers?

  • OGIVE

    Guest
    June 15, 2021 at 7:42 am

    Hornady expanders are difficult to get a grip on. I’ve found using a case mouth/neck to be most effective.

    Slide the mouth of a disposable case over the expander, and turn. If that doesn’t work, grab the case neck with pliers (while over the expander, of course).
    Break it loose.
    Thread the expander onto the new stem.
    Yank the case off and throw it in the recycling bin/jug/bucket.

    If you don’t like that option, try this:

    1) Loosen the stem nut/collet and run the stem down into the die until the expander sticks out well beyond of the end of the die body.
    2) Tighten the stem nut/collet.
    3) Clamp the expander in a vise with leather or perhaps hardwood blocks if leather isn’t available.
    4) Grab the die body and twist (which hopefully will unscrew the expander).

    Another options are heating the expander before clamping. You can also use a wrench on the die body or stem nut/collet for more torque, but the limitation is usually the expander slipping in the vise.
    If heat and leather won’t work, I’d say it isn’t coming off.

    The easiest solution is to just call Hornady and ask for a replacement, since the thing was cave-man-torqued when new.

  • mfrank86

    Guest
    June 15, 2021 at 7:42 am

    Wrap some needle nose pliers with electrical tape.

  • StinkyPotato69

    Guest
    June 15, 2021 at 7:42 am

    Its a Hornady 223 die. I can’t seem to remove the expander ball and I dont want to use pliers.

    Im just trying to remove the decapping pin

  • The-J-Oven

    Guest
    June 15, 2021 at 7:42 am

    It’s not threaded?

  • NuGundam7

    Guest
    June 15, 2021 at 7:42 am

    a pair of vicegrips and something to wrap the jaws in: rubber sheet, neoprene, shitton of electrical tape… something to keep it from marring the expander

  • NutRounder59

    Guest
    June 15, 2021 at 7:42 am

    Thread it in the doe backwards and lock it down put it in the vise and grip it with leather and crack it loose. That’s the best way I’ve found to get stuck ones off

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