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First rounds on the 550.

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by RustyFN, Aug 20, 2011.

  1. RustyFN

    RustyFN

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    I loaded 200 rounds of 223 on the 550 today. I took my Lee dies out of the classic turret. I am using cases that have already been cleaned, sized, trimmed, chamfered and the primer pockets swagged. I left the sizing die out. Using the Dillon powder set up. Using the Lee seating die and FCD. The first 100 rounds I had three cases with no primer and one sideways. The second 100 I had one case with no primer. I think most of the priming problems were due to primer pockets not being swagged good. It will take a little getting used to. I found myself a lot of times reaching for a bullet when I should have been advancing the shell plate because I'm so used to the auto index of the classic turret. Overall I am very happy with the press.
     
  2. Zombie Steve

    Zombie Steve Decap Pin Killa

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    This thread is boring because other than the fcd, you know what you're doing.
     

  3. Zombie Steve

    Zombie Steve Decap Pin Killa

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    Make something explode or something.
     
  4. n2extrm

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    When I sold the 550 and bought the 650 I kepttrying to inex the press with my left thumb! It gets better!
     
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    Zombie Steve Decap Pin Killa

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    Congrats, by the way.
     
  6. Steve Koski

    Steve Koski Got Insurance? Millennium Member

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    No kidding. Break it, or start the house on fire. Make it exciting.
     
  7. ron59

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    The 550 comes with the large primer magazine installed. I had the same problem as u until I put the small one in.
     
  8. PCJim

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    Good point, and one that is oftentimes overlooked.

    Rusty, if you tumble a second time to remove the lube used during resizing, get yourself a universal depriming die and put it into station one on your .223 toolhead. If will provide you with added assurance that the flash hole has not become clogged with media.
     
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    Rusty, consider rigging up one of these Harbor Freight flashlights, #95414, to provide concentrated lighting to the mouth area of your rifle cases. Runs about $8 when they are on sale, otherwise $10.

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    The body is held loosely in place against a recess in the rear frame with a tie strap, and the LED head is held in place with a twist tie.
     
  10. Beanie-Bean

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    Congrats, Rusty! Good to hear that the press is working out for you.
     
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    Thanks for the tip! HF is not too far from the house, so I'll go see what they've got in stock.
     
  12. El_Ron1

    El_Ron1 AAAAAAAAGHHH!!!

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    $8? You can use the one they give you!
     
  13. RustyFN

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    Ron the first thing I did during the install was change the primer slide and tube to small and the powder bar to large.

    Jim I tumble with the primers in and then don't tumble again until they are loaded to clean the lube off. I will have to look into that light though.

    Thanks for the tip's everybody. I really think it was poorly swagged primer pockets because I don't have a swage tool I do it with a drill bit and sometimes don't get enough. I actually had two cases get pushed out of the shell plate and bend the rim.
     
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    Makes sense.
     
  15. unclebob

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    This lamp works a lot better. Plus no battery to change.
    http://www.kmart.com/shc/s/p_10151_10104_9990000083912011P?prdNo=16&blockNo=16&blockType=G16
    Not the same lamp but this how I installed mine. To bad Lowe's quit selling these lamps.
    <a href="http://s139.photobucket.com/albums/q281/Unclebob46/Reloading%20bench/?action=view&amp;current=100_0640.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://i139.photobucket.com/albums/q281/Unclebob46/Reloading%20bench/100_0640.jpg" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a>
     
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    I have one of the lab lamps on the extension arm, with built in magnifying glass (for giving my primers a quick scan before picking them up). It clamps to most surfaces, I clamped it to a shelf just over my bench. It extends, tilts, swivels, whatever you want.

    I am able to position it in exactly the same place you have yours. Gives excellent lighting on the shellplate, particularly the expander/powder drop station. But I also feel mine gives added value, as I can quickly swing it over to my work area when I'm cleaning a gun, picking up primers, etc.
     
  17. Colorado4Wheel

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    Rusty,

    It takes a little time to get used to the process. But as time goes on it becomes second nature.
     
  18. unclebob

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    If you look to the left you will see that I have the same light. I have testing out at least 5+ different lights. The best light that I have found for looking inside the case is a 20 watt halogen light.
    <a href="http://s139.photobucket.com/albums/q281/Unclebob46/Reloading%20bench/?action=view&amp;current=100_0631.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://i139.photobucket.com/albums/q281/Unclebob46/Reloading%20bench/100_0631.jpg" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a>
     
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    What are the two tubes coming out of the bowl?
     
  20. unclebob

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    Do you have media all over your reloading bench from the media coming out of your case feeder? That is what they are for. They go down to the container under the strong mount that also catches the spent primers.