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Old 03-03-2019, 08:05 PM
Black Jack Black Jack is offline
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Dillon RL 550C

Well, I went ahead and picked up a Dillon RL 550C this morning and got it setup this afternoon. I got everything setup except the powder charge. The powder measure and the dies are all setup, but I have not put any powder into it yet to set the charge.

Since I know that there is a pretty good blue crowd here, I wanted to throw out a couple of questions before I load my first batch of 9mm tomorrow.

1. the Fail-Safe Rod for the powder measure is canted at an angle from left to right, bottom to top. The picture that Dillon calls out as an example in their setup guide shows the Fail-Safe Rod straight up and down. But they also say that when you hang it from the powder measure, before connecting it to the Return Bracket, it should hang in "close proximity to the Return Bracket". Well, it did hang right in front of the notch in the bracket and it "seems" to work (I guess I will find out for sure tomorrow). When I tried adjusting the powder measure so that it did hang straight up and down, like the picture, it did not want to return the powder bar back to its original position, so I set it back to where it seemed to want to be.

Does this sound right?

2. is there anything that I need to do to the powder measure before putting powder in it? I know that some manufacturers recommend cleaning, but Dillon's setup guide does not say anything about it.

3. The setup guide said to adjust the retaining spring in station 1 so that it "almost" touches the case after it is in the shell plate. Well, I did that and the case does push the spring out of the way as I am inserting it into the shell plate and does not quite touch once the case is in the shell plate. The issue I am seeing is that sometimes the spring does not want to move out of the way and the case ends up slipping on top of the spring and does not go into the shell plate. Does this sound like I have it adjusted wrong, or is it just something that I am going to have to get used to working with?

In general, my initial impressions, after having set it up and run a few dummy cases through it, are positive. I like what I see so far. I am planning on starting out with 100 round batch of 9mm tomorrow, at a rather slow pace, to get the powder drop adjusted and verify the die settings I did today.

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