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  1. Recently dusted off the 223 dies doing some loading for the mouse guns An old nuisance issue popped back up, and I figured it was time to nail it down and be done with it. Specifically, the spent primers aren't making it all the way out. Sometimes it works as intended, and I got the audible 'tink' of the spent primer popping out and hitting the catch. Other times, no audible indication and when I lower the ram, the spent primer stays with the case. The way this shows up depends on the press being used. On the Co-Ax, the primer is sticking out of the case halfway, and I can pry it out with a pair of needle-nose pliers. On a press with conventional shell holders it's considerably more of a PITA. On the 550, it blocks rotation of the shell plate until it comes loose - at which point it falls into the primer slide feed cup (less than ideal). I've tried adjusting the decapping stem out as far as I can get it - to the point of bottoming out on the case web; it made no difference. The die is nothing special: a Redding Type S F/L bushing die. I've chucked the stem in a drill to check for runout, and I've polished the tip of the pin. Brass is Lapua match. One theory was that maybe the tip of the pin was getting wedged in between the anvil and the cup wall; hence spinning it to check if it was bent, and polishing any burrs. Nothing. Current work-around involves listening for the primer popping out, and if it doesn't then short-stroking the ram to air piston the primer out. It works, but it's a PITA. Ive tinkered with this off and on for a long while. I'm not sure what else to try, short of adding a separate decapping die to the process, or just getting a new sizer. Any suggestions or ideas? Sent from my SM-G960U using Tapatalk
  2. Nope. I had that problem *before* upgrading the bearing slide, because the slide would hang up and then snap forward and flip the primer in the cup - sometimes sideways, sometimes all the way over. If you're getting sideways primers afterwards... I'd look at the plastic tip in the primer tube. Sent from my SM-G960U using Tapatalk
  3. @Tom Freeman Did you do it yourself, or did you send it out somewhere?
  4. Is the Dillon trim die (non-carbide) oil-hardened, or anything like that? If not, would it be feasible to modify one by running a die reamer (vs. chamber reamer) into one so it doesn't 'over' size the cases? Or at least have the neck honed so it's not working the brass as much?
  5. How much are you having to flare the case mouths to get things to work? Are you applying some sort of follow-up crimp to smooth out the necks afterwards?
  6. Just kind of spit-balling an idea here... how well do the various bullet feeders work with the longer, pointy rifle bullets like a ELD-Ms, VLDs, etc.? From some of the pics on MrBulletFeeder.com it looks like *someone* is using that sort of setup... but I hardly ever see/hear about them? Thanks!
  7. Weird... I'd noticed considerable variation in seating depth even on smaller calibers (223/308), enough to be a problem for 600/1000 yd F-class. Sent from my SM-T710 using Tapatalk
  8. Interesting... do you run them thru all in one pass? Or two, one for sizing and one for seating, so that the force required to size doesn't mask the feel of seating? If you already have a Prometheus, what do you hope to gain from an AutoTrickler + AutoThrower ? I moved to the AutoTrickler on my Sartorius GD-503 when they first came out, and eventually replaced it with the FX120i. Ah. I think I recall having to do something like that with seating on my Co-Ax, actually (been a few years). Good to know, though. Thanks, Monte Sent from my Moto G (5) Plus using Tapatalk
  9. FWIW I don't have any intention of loading precision rifle ammo with the Dillon APM. If I set it up like my smaller cartridges it'll be with two tool heads - one for sizing & expanding, and one for charging & seating. Charges would be dispensed on my FX120i + AutoThrower + AutoTrickler. Sent from my SM-T710 using Tapatalk
  10. If you can, take 2-3 fired/cleaned cases of each make, number them, weigh them, and then fill them with water and weigh them again. Distilled water is best, but room temp tap water will work 'close enough' for a quick check. Given the average water weight (weight filled minus the weight dry), along with some other info (powder, how much, bullet, seating depth, MV of the original load) we can plug the numbers into a program like QuickLoad and give some ball park estimates. Sent from my SM-T710 using Tapatalk
  11. Hah! I was wondering what the buttons would look like for a case head that big What die set up do you have there in the Whidden tool head? XL powder die, I presume? What about the seater? I've been using a Forster Ultra BR seater in my Co-Ax; I had some concerns about clearance under the sleeve as far as getting a long bullet like a Berger 300 or Hornady 285 ELD-M in there...
  12. What's the largest cartridge that you have personally reloaded on a 550 or 650? Were you happy with the results over a regular single stage like a Co-Ax?
  13. Triggertech, Huber, Bix & Andy, CG Extreme, Timney and Jewell are all top names for the precision bolt gun game. Sometimes it depends on whether you want single stage or two stage, adjustable trigger shoe, or what you want for a pull weight range. Or if you want a safety. As I've found out recently, they aren't nearly as 'drop-in' as on say, an AR. There's a good chance that it may need some fitting and timing by a gunsmith. Sent from my Moto G (5) Plus using Tapatalk
  14. All set up next to the 550 ready to go Sent from my Moto G (5) Plus using Tapatalk
  15. AutoTrickler.com get the full meal deal, with the A&D FX120i, AutoTrickler & AutoThrower. then head over to Area419.com, and get all the 'bling' to upgrade it (bullet powder cup & trickler base are pretty much essential, IMHO). Fast single-kernel accuracy for about half what the *lease* on a Prometheus costs, much less purchasing one outright. Sent from my SM-T710 using Tapatalk
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