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  1. No, it's steadying the case as it moves from the powder drop to bullet drop on this press. It could sit between any of stations 5/6, 6/7 or 7/8 to suit different configurations.
  2. Precisely. And that wobble caused powder spill (when there is powder in the cases). So it stops powder from spilling - a problem that shellplate bearings, delrin balls and cable ties has so far failed to solve.
  3. After trying the shellplate bearing kit, delrin ball and using cable ties I still needed to use my finger to steady the case to completely prevent powder spill on shellplate indexing. I was thinking about making some kind of spring-loaded fibreglass rod to replace my finger, then I saw the DAA PSP brush mentioned here & thought I'd give it a try. I made this video showing the 'before' & 'after'. See what you think. I had to trim the brush a little to stop it pushing the case in too much (otherwise it would catch the bullet dropper). I also read here that the brush breaks-in a little after 100 rounds or so.
  4. I use a case-activated measure with a funnel to drop weighed charges. It solves a couple of issues with the static funnel approach: 1) Interrupting press cycling to drop the powder isn't the best route to consistency. 2) It's easy to drop the powder at the wrong time, which is messy and time-consuming to clean-up. It does introduce another problem though, which is the potential to drop a second charge into the measure, which is also messy (or dangerous). To counter that there's a camera and light viewing into the funnel. I used a RCBS powder measure as I wasn't convinced the Dillon measure would drop every single kernel when used this way (plus I had a few RCBS units lying around). The dispenser shelf is mounted to the wall and uses anti-vibration mounts for further isolation from the press and bench. In the video the funnel is the purple part (made from a household cleaning spray bottle). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QvHruJ8Af68&feature=youtu.be
  5. That would be perfect...if it fitted in the primer station. Maybe I'll try and engineer something that mounts like the EGA solution and takes a Dillon swage mandrel. Thanks all.
  6. Hi, I was about to order the primer hold-down die from EGA, but they say it's not for use on rifle brass. Does anyone know of a solution that would work for rifle, specifically .308? After all, if it reaches the head of a .45 case it should reach a .308, and it's only doing the same job as a swage back-up die. Does anyone else use the EGA primer hold-down die with .308/rifle brass, or is there another solution that can be purchased or engineered? Thanks!
  7. Pretty similar to my process, but I actually run the flare on the loading press, otherwise I found that tumbling off the lube was removing or reducing the flare. Have you tried polishing the M die mandrel to a bright finish? In the end I split the neck-expand and flare tasks into 2 steps. The neck-expand occurs at the end of the prep pass, using a floating carbide mandrel which helps reduce sticking and reduces runout. I run the flare during loading with a custom floating mandrel so the narrow part is barely touching the ID and it only puts on the tiny flare for the bullet dropper.
  8. Mine sits at eye level on heavy-duty wall mounted brackets with anti-vibration mounts and a glass/granite shelf, so it's completely isolated from the bench and presses. The brackets are designed for bus shelter seats, so they're good for quite a load. The balance is a lab-grade force-restoration model. I've never had issues with interference from lighting or phones etc, either with these lab balances or analytical balances, but maybe some models are more susceptible. The white strip leading-in from the bottom-left corner of the image is a fluorescent light.
  9. Unfortunately I don't know. It came with a used 1050 that I picked-up.
  10. I've never used it, but I had one lying around so I fitted it, and it does clear and cycle as shown in the photo (there is good clearance all around, despite how it may appear). Yes. The RCBS Uniflow hopper is pretty tiny. On the left is the Hornady, middle the Uniflow, and the right is the hopper from a RCBS 'Quick Change' measure. You can order the Quick Change hopper (plus baffle and cap) to upgrade a Uniflow (or "Competition") measure, but I doubt it would fit under the case feeder - if anyone is really interested I could test that configuration after my vacation. Note that there is also a RCBS "Quick Change High Capacity" measure, which is *not* compatible with the uniflow body. I had to grind the Uniflow body (top of photo) to fit next to a Mr BF. It would probably interfere if it had the standard hopper in it.
  11. I always thought that the sleeve should be operated by the case (specifically, the case shoulder against the shoulder in the sleeve), ensuring positive location, concentricity etc. If the sleeve is driven by the shellplate then the case isn't necessarily even in contact with the sleeve and guided by it, so you might as well use a standard/sleeveless die. In other words, if the sleeve contacts the shell-holder/shellplate when a case is present, the die isn't adjusted properly. Consequently: fully cutting down the sleeve retains the intended function. ..
  12. I'm curious why you would leave an uneven portion of the sleeve like that. Is that what you mean by 'functioning as intended' ? If so, how does it function more 'as intended' than cutting it all the way round? ..
  13. I had to cut the sleeve flush with the die body, otherwise the bullet interferes as the shellplate starts to advance. I am very happy with the Redding comp seater on my S1050 though; I wouldn't use anything else. The photo shows a Sierra 2156 just clearing the die; the mic is wound almost all the way down, so you don't get a huge range of adjustment. Of course, you could back the die out but then the case wouldn't properly engage on the shoulder of the sliding sleeve.
  14. I used to get a bit of sticking when I expanded with M dies. These days I use a Sinclair expander with floating carbide mandrel, which reduces the sticking, then flare a little with an M die with a custom mandrel; the first part is fractionally undersize and just serves as a pilot, so it is flaring only and doesn't stick.
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