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  1. mpssrh

    Leaking powder measure on 650

    What kind of tape should be used? All the best. Thanks.
  2. Are you using case lube (e.g., Hornady One Shot) on your brass prior to reloading? If not, it may be worth a try. Had an identical problem with CCI small pistol primers, and spraying with case lube resolved it. One other thought: have you cleaned your resizing-depriming die in Station-1 recently? If not, residue in the die body may be contributing to the "sticky motion" at Station-1. That motion may be partially dislodging the primer from the primer cup and resulting in its seating abnormally. Hope this helps. Best wishes.
  3. Look at your Dillon 550b Instruction Manual that came with your press On page 7 you will see a heading (righthand column) entitled "To Begin Reloading." This section and relevant photos continue on pages 8 and 9 of the manual. This will explain the reason for your problem and how to resolve it. Here is the link to the Instruction Manual: http://dillonhelp.com/Dillon Manual PDFs/Dillon-RL550B-September-2010.pdf Hope this helps. Best wishes.
  4. mpssrh

    Sport Pistol powder

    @SCTaylor Will you please tell us... How many grains of E3? Which 125 grain bullet and profile? Which pistol? Velocity? Thank you, sir.
  5. mpssrh

    Sport Pistol powder

    @wtturn Thanks for the data from your Glock 34. What COL did you use for that truncated cone bullet?
  6. mpssrh

    Weird question concerning brass

    Wet a gun cleaning patch with alcohol (or other degreaser) and push it through your crimp die. Depending on how you have it set, you may find that it's creating some of these tiny brass shavings. Hope this helps.
  7. Regarding the suggestion that something may be amiss with one or more of your dies (see Livin_cincy above): You may wish to consider doing the following: --Slightly loosen all the die locking rings --Place empty cases in all four stations --Raise the shell plate so that the cases fully enter the dies --Tighten the die locking rings. This ensures (as much as it's possible to do so) that one achieves correct alignment of dies, cases, and shell plate. I do not own a Square Deal B, and there may be some reason why this suggestion does not apply to that particular press. If so, someone will correct me. Best wishes. Hope this helps.
  8. mpssrh

    550b Case Feeder

    I have had the Dillon case feeder on a 550b for many years. I load 9mm and .45ACP, and it has functioned almost flawlessly for me. The keys to having it function correctly involve installation, routine maintenance, and common sense operation. --Installation: this requires attention to detail (i.e., following the instructions precisely) and a modicum of manual dexterity. Initially, a certain amount of tweaking is needed to get everything aligned and secured (with bolts). --Maintenance: it is important to clean the aluminum channel through which the case travels on its way to the shell plate (it is easily removed for cleaning). The shell plate and the primer system also must be clean because they are integral to the process of getting a case in place so that it can be resized and primed in Station-1. These are things that one does whether or not a case feeder is present. --Operation: the most important thing is not to overload the case feeder bowl. Trying to put too many cases in the bowl a one time can cause difficulty. (I usually put 100 cases at a time, but I think putting 200 would not be unreasonable.) I would never want to be without this case feeder. Hope this information is helpful to you. Kindest regards...
  9. Quote: "One has fired thousands of 147gr American Eagle ammo, which has a truncated cone and a flat tip, with no issues." Have you measured the COL of the commercial ammo and compared it the COL of your handloads?
  10. Paul, Many people on this Forum will tell you from personal experience that round nose bullets are much easier to load than those with a flat-nose, particularly early on in the reloading process. Get some round nose bullets and put a smile on your face. You'll be glad you did. All the best...
  11. mpssrh

    WSF For 9MM......

    The 124gr ROUND NOSE bullets will indeed chamber at a much longer COL. However, the 124gr JACKETED HOLLOW POINT bullets have such a different profile that they will not plunk and spin at longer COL. The reload data for COL with round nose bullets does not generalize to jacketed hollow point bullets. Look at the 2nd post in this thread (from bandw1dth) and you will see that the COL he reported is 1.08".
  12. This thread--and several others like it--make me wish the Forum Administrators would provide an "Ignore" button that we could use at our discretion.
  13. mpssrh

    WSF For 9MM......

    I have loaded and shot tens of thousands of the Precision Delta 124gr JHP. Due to the shape of the bullet (i.e., truncated cone and ogive), this particular bullet usually has to be loaded at a much shorter COL. This bullet usually contacts the lands and grooves in the barrel at a much shorter COL than the one you are proposing. In an effort to be helpful, may I suggest a couple of things that you may wish to do? 1) Make up 2 or 3 "dummy" cartridges using the COL you have asked about to see if they will "plunk and spin freely" in your chamber. 2) Consult the Lyman, Speer, Hornady, and Lee reloading manuals for information and guidance regarding WSF load data and COL when using 124gr JHP bullets. Best wishes.
  14. I have to fit a new thumb safety to a full-size 1911. This will require removing some material in order to allow the safety to interface with the sear. (1) I am unsure about what file to use. Please help me. It is important that I do this correctly. I am planning to use to use the existing safety as a guide to where and how much metal to remove. (I can carry this to the gunsmith with no problem, but I would like to do this myself. If this is something that I should not attempt, please tell me.) (2) If you have advice about how best to go about this (i.e., technique), please share it with me. Thanks for any and all input.
  15. I added the Dillon case feeder to my 550B about 6 years ago, and it has worked flawlessly. It allowed me to give my undivided attention to the powder drop and bullet seating operations. It increased my output and made the entire process more enjoyable--and I think safer. I would not want to be without it. Hope this helps.