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What did you do in the reloading room recently?

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by andrew1220, May 19, 2015.

  1. mac1911

    mac1911 NES Member

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    I was going to keep my old stove for bullet coating and heat treating but looking at it under the deck I could not have it.
    I will snag a small toaster oven at some point
     

  2. HarryPottar

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    Been loading for a few years but still call myself a novice, tonight was probably the worst reload night of all.

    Fighting two issues on my Dillion 650 and one stupid error on my part.

    The white collar on the powder safety bar/rod keeps breaking, third one now and can not figure out why.

    Secondly my small pistol primers are fighting me and they are winning. My disk suddenly locks up and I find a crushed primer although I stop at the slightest resistance. Took the primer system apart at least 8 times tonight, going to call Dillion in the morning.

    Then about 20 bullets shy of 500 and what a tough 480 it was, really tough. My son walks by and says the powder looks odd.

    I had loaded the hopper with Varget instead of tightgroup, concentrating on the primers....

    So I just finished separating all the parts again, cleaned out the powder hopper ready to start tomorrow night. Only saving grace I now have 480 pre primed cases, I removed the deprimmer pin and will run them through with the correct powder.

    arghhhhhhhhhhh
     
  3. Fritz the Cat

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    Ya know, it's supposed to be a relaxing hobby.
     
  4. mac1911

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    Problems with the Blue KoolAid Machine! Impossible!
     
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  5. mac1911

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    Are you 100% sure theres no bullets loaded with varget?
     
  6. HarryPottar

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    Yes thanks, absolutely positive, all my newly mades where in one ammo box, which started empty, I separated them all last night so I didn’t have any bad bullets around..

    harry
     
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  7. Michael J. Spangler

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    I love Dillon but not the 650.
    I’ve heard too many horror stories mainly with the priming system.
    Get a 550 or get a new 750.
    I feel your pain. I’ve chased my tail a night or two and it sucks. I bet Dillon knows what the issue is and after a quick adjustment you’ll be up and running
     
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  8. headednorth

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    Had issues with mine lately, mainly the case feeder. Cases making their way down the tube upside down and a couple of times getting lodged sideways at the funnel at the top of the tube. More of an annoyance really, just weird because it ran fine in the few years I've had it and both problems have popped up just recently.
     
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    Just for clarification, I have thousands of rounds through my 650, thousands. Prep (RT 1500) and load 223, 44,45,357,38,9mm.
    I hand load all my precision rounds like 308 on a single stage press.

    I’m a neat freak, so kept very clean and I follow the maintenance video to the letter, correct grease machine oil etc.
    While I’ve had to work the primers in the past normally they settle down by the time I have checked powder weight and ready go full steam.
    Last night they kept locking up, might be humidity, might be bad batch, same primers I always use, will try a different box tonight.

    The collar breaking on the safety bar is a new one though, it moves freely, bar looks in good shape.

    I will call Dillion today see what they have to say.

    harry
     
  10. Michael J. Spangler

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    Let us know how you make out.

    That reminds me that I need to ship a 450 back to them for the spa treatment.
     
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    I spoke Dillon tech today.

    The powder safety rod collar breaking was a quick fix, the plate that it sits in was bitting the collar and weaken it. Simply took a large flat blade screwdriver between the opening and twisted.
    This opens up the hole and now the collar moves freely, there should be no resistance. They are sending me a couple of replacement collars.

    The primer issue; he said that the primer disc should be swapped out every so often they are soft metal and any microscopic wear can cause friction and lock up the disc.
    They are sending me a replacement disc and primer magazine tube.

    I will update when I receive them and let you know.

    Harry
     
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    Dillon tech support is phenomenal.
     
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    Just ordered the above from Dillon for .38/.357. I've been reloading 9mm and just started reloading 357Sig.

    I shot a LOT of .38 this summer and I picked up a fair bit of the brass. Bought the conversion kit this morning from a guy in a forum. Now I just have to do some research on bullets.
     
  14. Uzi2

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    Standard warning for .38spl.......watch your powder charges carefully. Its a tall case and with most powders it can easily hold a double charge, some even triple.
     
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    Love Dillon.
     
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    With the light charges for the HBWC, I think it was seven charges of Clays before the .38 Special overflowed. Kind of forget the details now. Definitely capable of errors, if not tending to your process.
     
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  17. HarryPottar

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    Another update on my Dillon primer issues.

    I have not yet received my new parts as I only spoke with the tech today.

    However, while I was looking up the number I was on the Dillon site and was watching the videos.

    Dillon Precision Product Videos

    I saw this; basically take an alcohol wipe, I have a bunch for my classes and optics, take a small section and push through the primer pickup tube with the primer rod.

    I did the same with the primer magazine. Tons of dirt and yellow stuff came out, did it a few times as I had not done it before.



    I did nothing to the primer disk, didn't even take it off, just removed the primer magazine out the top.

    Same primers ran smoothly, no jams, locks ups, loaded a 1,000 rounds.

    I'm shocked that it made THAT much difference, last night was so bad that my scar hurt like Tom Riddle was close by, but tonight ran like a dream.

    Harry
     
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  18. slap shot

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    Reloaded my first 200 rounds of 300 blackout subsonic to go along with my newly suppressed AR Pistol. 10.9 gns of 1680 under 220 gn plated Berry’s. These are effortless to load and got me right to 975 FPS and perfect function. Need more bullets now.
     
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  20. Uzi2

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    Loaded 70 new 30rd AR mags. Free state living is the best.
     
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