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Just got my Hornady 338 dies and the Microjust a short while ago. This is my first Hornady set of dies as I have always used Lee’s. The microjust instructions all it says is to “turn out the std bullet seating depth adjustment stem and turn in the microjust seating stem”. I tried using both the rubber washer and the seater lock nut that came with the die when installing the Microjust, but that only left me with one thread turn to screw the microjust in.

I noticed that the std Seating Adjustment Screw that comes with the die has a hole at the top of the seater adjustment screw which allows the air to escape as I pushed the alignment sleeve/seating stem up the die. Yet, when I tried it with the Microjust (w/o rubber washer and seater lock nut), it was much harder to push the alignment sleeve/seating stemp up the die, and the reason is that there is no hole at the top of the microadjust which means that as I push up, it is compressing air.

Does anyone in the forum use the microjust instead of the regular seater adjustment screw, and if so, do you install the microjust with: (a) the washer, or (b) the seater lock nut or (c) neither. I thank you in advance for any assistance.
 

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Thanks Ricochet- yes it did help because it confirmed what I did which was not to use the washer or lock nut that came with the original die.

However, I must say I'm disappointed with the Hornady seating die because the 'floating' seating stem gets stocked on top of the alignment sleeve and I have to tap it or remove the case/bullet and go up/down with the press arm a couple of times for it to slide into the alingment sleeve.

Other than that, it works fine.
 

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Thanks Ricochet- yes it did help because it confirmed what I did which was not to use the washer or lock nut that came with the original die.

However, I must say I'm disappointed with the Hornady seating die because the 'floating' seating stem gets stocked on top of the alignment sleeve and I have to tap it or remove the case/bullet and go up/down with the press arm a couple of times for it to slide into the alingment sleeve.

Other than that, it works fine.
Clean it up and then put a couple drops of Rem oil on it and it shouldn't get stuck.
 

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Clean it up and then put a couple drops of Rem oil on it and it shouldn't get stuck.
Big Med...that is exactly what I told him. I douched mine out with brake cleaner, and used Rem-Oil. That certainly helped, but I also don't like the Hornady dies. Mine were free, so don't look a gift horse in the mouth!
 

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I did that (cleaning/lube) too, but I used case lube. I'll clean it again and will use Rem oil this time. However, I think my problem is more due to the use of the microjust (instead of the factory delivered adjusting screw/washer/lock nut) which seems to be creating kind of a vaccum and that may be holding the seating stem up some when I remove the seated bullet/case.
 

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Could be. I don't have the micro adjust.
 
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