Auto Breech Lock Pro Indexing Clutch Inspection
Since I purchased my Auto Breech Lock Pro I have had reliable service, however recently I have had indexing issues which would not allow the shell plate to advance completely to its next station. I tinkered with the twist of the index rod with no change and looked around the Internet. What I found said that the clutch was damaged and recommended an inexpensive repair kit which I ordered proactively; upon disassembly I found that I did not need the repair kit, only to clean the clutch of powder residue.
I have been experimenting with some different powders recently. I had picked up a copy of Propellant Profiles, a very good resource, and had decided to try some ball powders in my 9mm loads, specifically Western/Ramshot True Blue. True Blue is a very fine spherical powder and as such leaked badly in my Lee Auto-Drum powder measure. Always the tinkerer, I picked up an Auto-Disk Powder Measure, the double disk kit and an adjustable charge bar, but apparently I had already gotten a good bit of powder down the shaft where the indexing rod enters the clutch and the hard, tiny kernels had embedded into the clutch serrations. Cleaning was all that was required.
It seems to me if the clutch elements had been inverted with the concave part on top and the convex on bottom it would have been self cleaning. However with the concave on the bottom the powder kernels were trapped.
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I owned a Marlin 60 since 1987, but never really got ‘into’ guns until 2011 when I bought my first 9mm pistol. That was soon followed by a .380 and a 12 guage pump, and I was all in. I had done some 20 guage reloading growing up, and threw myself into 9mm and .223 reloading in 2017, .380 in 2019 and 7.62×39 in 2020. It is so satisfying to go to the range and string together ever improving groups with ammo I loaded myself; it doesn’t hurt that I’m a little OCD about technical things, the tangible/visible rewards are really gratifying.
I have a nagging but as yet unattained ‘want’ for a .358 Yeti unloader, it just looks like a really cool caliber. My next learning curve, space permitting, is casting and coating.