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Old June 18, 2005, 04:24 PM   #1
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Pacific Reloader

I was recently gifted with a Pacific DL 105 single stage press. Anyone familiar with these? All seems pretty straightforward. Been using Lee Load All 2 for years and about worn out. Already found powder and shot bushings from Hornady will fit. Hope to load with it this weekend.
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Old June 18, 2005, 05:45 PM   #2
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Hi Farmall,
Your mention of powder and shot bushings implies that your press is a shotgun reloader. Pacific brand reloading tools were well known, good quality products in the 60's and 70's. My memory is a little fuzzy but seems like Pacific, C-H, and Bair rifle/pistol reloading presses were very similar. Bair may have made the Pacific and C-H reloaders. Don't know what happened but all three brands disappeared. Perhaps some other oldtimers have more specific knowledge and/or better memories. If your Pacific press is in working condition, then use it.

Good shooting and be safe.
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Old June 19, 2005, 03:58 PM   #3
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I use an old Pacific for my 12 ga loads. I just bought a new MEC for my 28 ga loads and the two are almost identical in operation.

I can load a box of 12 ga on the Pacific in about 10 minutes.
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Old June 20, 2005, 06:33 PM   #4
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Pacific DL 105

Been using a DL 105 in 12 & 20ga for many years & it turns out good loads when properly adjusted, particularly the crimp & finish taper. Hornady bushings fit. Be sure to check actual weight of powder & shot thrown as it may vary from the charts as in the Lyman shotshell manual. BTW, if you don't like your press, let me know!
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Old June 21, 2005, 08:36 PM   #5
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Thanks for the help, guys. I set it up this weekend. Loaded a few shells Sunday. I got the crimps adjusted ok, but still leaving tiny hole in the center. Any idea where I could get a manual for this thing?? I will try Hornady tomorrow. Here in Southeast NE, all things Hornady, Pacific, and Bair turn up fairly regularly, so maybe I'll have some luck. Who Knows?
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Old June 23, 2005, 06:49 PM   #6
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Very impressed with Hornady. Called them and instruction book and bushing charts are on their way, free of charge! Not too bad for a machine thats been out of production for over 20 years.
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