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Lighting/powder charge confirmation recommendations for Dillon 550B

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by jwc17, Sep 1, 2010.


  1. jwc17

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    I have a florescent light fixture above my Dillon 550B and it provides enough light to confirm my powder charges with 9mm cases, but not with 38 Special cases.

    I am not sure if better lighting will help as the 38 Special cases are taller than 9mm and I am only charging them with 4 grains of Winchester 231 powder.

    What do other users do to solve this problem?
     

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  2. AZBru88

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    I added a clamp on light to my loading room. Can move it any where I need to. I was having problems seeing into my 9mm cases. My other 550 press seems to get plenty of light. Simple, cheap and easy to relocate.
     

  3. n2extrm

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    A few people put a mini mag light in the center hole in the tool head, using a oring on the other side to hold it in place. C4W had a bendable light held to the press with poster putty, and a 45 case drilled to hold the head of the lamp attached to the press as well. Maybe he will drop by and post a pic for you. If not send him a message. I thought it was really a cool set up.
     
  4. GioaJack

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    My butler wears a miner's type headlamp when he loads... he looks like an idiot.


    Jack
     
  5. TonyT

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    I solved the problem by sing Trail Boss powder. Trail Boss is less dense than most other powders.
     
  6. XDRoX

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    I believe Steve built a series of mirrors that when adjusted correctly you can see one granule of powder at the bottom of 308 case:supergrin:

    Actually, like Tony I switched to Trail Boss for 38spl. I'm really impressed by this powder.

     
  7. D. Manley

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    My shop is florescent lighted fairly well but I purchased an additional florescent "shop light" and hung directly over my bench and as low as possible not to interfere with loading. I then added a flexible necked clamp-on light and replaced the 60 watt incandescent bulb with a 60 watt halogen spotlight bulb directed downward at about 45 degrees toward the powder station. I can see the flash hole pretty well on most any pistol cartridge and even on .357 Mag, the powder is easy to detect.
     
  8. Colorado4Wheel

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    My Harbour Freight light pooped out on me and I now just use a goose neck light to shine in the case.
     
  9. njl

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    Yeah...the batteries that come with those lights ought to be thrown in the trash as soon as you unpack the light. Mine leaked before they died...and almost killed the light. I managed to save it, and it's still working for the moment...but it's probably not going to last. I still have it strapped to the primer magazine.
     
  10. Colorado4Wheel

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    Mine got a short in it's neck that I couldn't find.