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The Turret Stabilizer is designed to completely stop any vertical movement or rocking of the turret and keep the locking screw from coming loose. If the turret is not held in a tightly locked state it becomes impossible to hold a consistant COAL (cartridge over all length) measurement. Yes, there are other parts of the press that also contribute to this problem and they are covered elsewhere on this site. The turret movement can be easily stopped WITHOUT ANY MODIFICATIONS TO YOUR PRESS by simply using this plate.
The Turret Stabilizer plate is made of 13 gauge (.090") cold rolled steel and is clear zinc plated to inhibit rust. There are five 10-32 x 3/16" long set screws in the plate used as "jack screws" to provide the force required to raise the turret snugly up against the locking lugs in the press frame. The Turret Stabilizer is HELD IN PLACE BY THE DIE LOCK NUTS and nothing else. Using the Stabilizer along with balanced die contact on the shellplate to stop the carrier and shellplate from flexing will result in much more consistant COAL dimensions even when the shell plate is not fully loaded.
Another benefit of the Turret Stabilizer is that you can use it as a way to properly "clock" your turret so that the turret and the shellplate are in perfect alignment. I have had a few turrets in my shop that when installed in the press and locked into position with the turret lock screw, were out of alignment with the cases in the shellplate by 1/16 of an inch as shown in the picture below. There is NO adjustment on the LM that you can make to remedy this other than rotating the turret so it aligns properly. With the Turret Stabilizer installed, you can leave the lock screw loose and rotate the turret into proper alignment and then tighten the five setscrews and the problem is solved. You can leave the lock screw laying on the table because at this point it is useless.
The Turret Stabilizer won't solve COAL problems completely but it is a great addition to your press and a big step toward producing higher quality rounds simply because it gives you more control over your LM press.
The Turret Stabilizer is available for $11.25 plus shipping. Texas residents pay sales tax. USA and Canada only
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