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Old November 6, 2001, 03:53 PM   #1
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Dillon 650 XL press problem

I recently bought a Dillon 650 XL press with conversion kits for my favorite caliburs. I had just converted the press to load .223 Rem. and was through the setup stage, powder charge, seating & crimping etc. and was loading up a first test load for .223 Rem (My first time ever loading rifle ammo mind you).

on the fifth round the last (now finished) round stuck on the stage instead of dropping off the back into the catch bin. I was in the middle of the downstroak to prime the next case. The stuck round caused the plastic cam that advances the stage on the downstroak to break! :barf: I get this uuggh feeling, how could I?

I called Dillon and they promptly shipped me both the part and a calibration gage to set the stage synced up with the stage advancement cam free of charge. My only concern is that the cam should be metal vs. plastic I think, that way it would stand up a little better.

Anyone here ever have a similar problem with a Dillon press?
 
Old November 6, 2001, 03:57 PM   #2
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I think so...ar you saying that the cartridge wasn't kicked out of the shelplate when it came around, but rather got caught kinda crooked?


I've had this happen with .223's on a 550B. Dillon told me to #1 make sure the shellplate was as low as possible, and #2 make sure the wire that kicks the cartridge out is as far down as possible, slightly rubbing the shelplate, even.

By doing this, you eliminate the extra space under the shellplate and force the case to stay upright.
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Old November 6, 2001, 05:24 PM   #3
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Ahh, that makes sense. I'll give it a whirl when I fix the press.
 
Old November 6, 2001, 06:10 PM   #4
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Antoher thing to watch is the metal wire piece that moves the case out to the bin. If this piece is too high it will interfere and cause the problem you states. Simply push it down and continue.
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Old November 6, 2001, 06:30 PM   #5
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Hmm...sounds familiar.
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Old November 7, 2001, 08:46 AM   #6
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Thanks all, I probably do not have the shell plate close enough to the stage for one, and the wire I'll push it flush to the shell plate. I was a bit disappointed with a plastic cam though, that part really should be metal because it'll see a lot of wear.

Thanks!
 
Old November 7, 2001, 09:59 PM   #7
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Don't Blame the press for operator error.If you encountered enough resistance to break the plastisc part.
Stop and see what the problem is.Check the round that caused the problem for a high primer.BILLG
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Old November 8, 2001, 09:18 PM   #8
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Tens of thousands of rounds loaded on my 650, with no problems (that is, those not attributable to me).

Are you talking about the ring indexer? It would probably take a pretty good pull to break that. A bigger hammer is rarely a good thing in reloading...
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Old November 9, 2001, 11:40 AM   #9
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I thought that the big hammer fixed everything?
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