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aka the Dillon 1050. Mine is an older RL1050 (compared to the Super1050) but can still churn out the goods.


The green boxes to the right are my processed, ready to load 223 cases. I absolutely loathe processing brass so when I get in the mind to do it I bust 'em out and do as many as I can so I don't have to do it for awhile. You can get about 2K in each box. not exact math but close enough given what I've dumped in there in terms of known quantities. Decap; swage out the crimp, if present; FL size and trim with a 1200B trimmer and then back into the tumbler to get the juice off. I'll deburr and inspect on a case mate then into a box to get loaded. (The press is set for loading in this pic however.)


Here's a full shellplate for loading. Here I'll neck size in the first station (the 1200B doesn't have an expander), prime, drop powder, check powder drop, and then seat/crimp. Once you get into a rhythm it's really neat to watch that shellplate rotating and the rounds being spit out.

My next upgrade eventually will be one of these.

http://www.mrbulletfeeder.com/

Here's a vid. He's loading pistol on there but it'd be the same. About a minute in he zooms in on the toolhead. That's titties if you ask me.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VtfHuN7MrU0
 

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Nice setup DCM, very envious. The 1050 is a great (but expensive) machine. Maybe If I would stop buying every firearm I lay my eyes on, I could finally buy one and start reloading again. ;)

Another curious question.....In the 2nd picture, what is that blue tab under the case locator button?
 

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Makes it easier to grab hold of the button. I took them off most of them because I'd keep knocking them out when I was moving my hand around the machine for one reason or another.

I bought this one used but if you look around you can find deals on them every now and again. If I could find another one for the price I paid for this one I'd pick it up in a heartbeat.
 

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About that tab.....can I get it for my 550? Im having trouble with my shell plate either too loose and the case isn't secure or too tight and it is binding. I love your setup and am learning a ton from you.
 

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I'm sure they sell those tabs. I got some in a spare parts kit awhile back. I'll root around in my parts box next time I'm down there and see if I kept any of them.
 

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Right on my friend . That's a nice machine. Im glad I picked a dillon. Though my shell plate is frustrating
 

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He is just so talented he just needs to look at it and they perform a function haha. I think pistol reloading requires more stations. Not sure though....that's why I got a rl550b
 

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i cant wait for my retro check at the end of the year..........hello dillion!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 

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get the blue press every month in the mail.....drool over the thousands of rounds i could reload evry month.of course the models are nice too,lol.
 

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Holy crap Darren. Very nice sir.

Just a question, how do you check the powder level? By eyeball or is there a level tool?

Damn I can't wait to get into re-loading!
 

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I use a Hornady Powder Cop. Just a simple rod with a washer that slides in the die as the ram is lowered. Not super exact (the Dillon powder measure is usually very good on its own) but it'll guard against a squib load or a double charge should I get loopy on the press. I had a Dillon die that did the same thing, but, uh, I may have been messing around and not paying attention and crunched it. Allegedly that was what happened.


Yep, there's a lot of stations on there and when loading rifle you don't really need to use some depending on how you do it. When loading pistol you can go directly from fired case to loaded round so usually all the stations are used.
 

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I looked and think those tabs only work on the 1050 since on other machines it'll lift the locating buttons too high.
 

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They'll lift the button about 1/16' but as long as they are still holding the case in the shellplate it shouldn't be an issue I think. I don't have much press time on the 550 though.
 

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I came across something where it doesn't support the brass properly may depend on case though. Im having trouble with my indexing. It is binding. Going to call dillon later. I did what they said for tightening the wheel but its binding at station 3.
 

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Does it bind consistently at that station, or, just every once in awhile? Might have something in the shellholder recess of the plate or maybe a burred case head if it's intermittent.
 

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It seems to be working now. Not too tight or loose for the bolt holding the shell plate. It was prettymuch one spot it would bind. Ill keep an eye on it. Tomorrow is my last night in town for a few weeks so I hope to get some reload time after. Ill treat myself to some nice dies.
 
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