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Thread: Alignment pins have walked out

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    Alignment pins have walked out

    Like the title says.... The alignment pins have worked themselves proud on my Lyman mold. It won't close properly.
    I can't get them back in... I've heated the mold very hot and everything in between. I gave it a tap with a punch and mallet, and as that got no where I beat it with a punch and hammer. Nada. I dimpled the brass punch in the process. I tried pushing it out from the other side. I tried squeezing it in with a vice. How the pins ever worked themselves out when they are so reluctant to budge is a mystery.

    So... ideas? I'd hate to scrap the mold because of these !?**#@ pins.

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    JonB_in_Glencoe's Avatar
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    Welcome to the forum.

    Check this out.

    Also, be sure to check the mold blocks, to see if there is metal peened around the alignment pin hole.
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