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  1. https://mewe.com/group/5ae5dbb2a40f30748a9003ac https://mewe.com/group/5b29bd486838780f5f694618
  2. I use this on my 200 gr. FMJFP bullets with an OAL of 1.135: http://www.handloads.com/loaddata/default.asp?Caliber=40 SqqqW&Weight=200&type=Handgun&Order=Powder&Source=Winchester I do not shoot competitively, I shoot to train for my LEO job. So, I do not check velocities and accuracies. I shoot center mass and failure drills. These loads have never failed me. HTH.
  3. You may want to give it a shot rustybayonet. It makes the cases "glide in and slide out with a lot less resistance.
  4. All I can contribute to this discussion is my limited experience with the Dillon 550B that I just bought from a friend. I purchased the Hit Factor Shellplate Bearing Kit. It took my variances down to .001s. You have to make micro adjustments to the shellplate bolt to get it set just perfect. I set mine to where there is no vertical movement by rocking the shellplate while adjusting the bolt until there is no play whatsoever. This is what has worked for me. YMMV.
  5. HPJ, it's not the loading process that was causing the stiffness in the ram. It was the 10w/30 Mobil 1 I was using. I got her all cleaned up and used straight 30 weight and it's working like a charm. BTW, I have just recently started lubing my pistol cases and you are correct. It does make the reloading process smoother.
  6. Great idea. Never thought about tumbling loaded rounds.
  7. Agree with that! I keep cleaning off the ram after each 100 round batch. Then I re-lube it up and it is getting easier and easier to press out more rounds.
  8. Yea, I think so. I have read a ton of responses on Google stating to use Mobil 1 30W Synthetic. I had a 1/2 quart of Mobil 1 10/30 and it seemed a bit thick. I went and bought a straight 30 motor oil and it's consistency was much lighter than the Mobil 1. I cleaned off the ram really well and re-lubed with the 30 and immediately could tell the difference.
  9. I was perusing several videos about reloading with a Dillon 550B. I ran across one in which a guy was discussing how to make your own case lube (99% alcohol and lanolin). In that video he said that he would also lubricate his pistol brass. Using carbide dies, I have never used lube on them before. The guy in the video said that it makes a world of difference in the smoothness of the reloading process. I figured I would give it a shot. In order to keep lube from getting inside the case, you need to get a large plastic jar. I used the container that bulk laundry pods come in (I think it was All detergent). I took an old t-shirt rag (about 10"X10") and sprayed it down with some lube. I threw about 100 cases in the container, then soaked down a folded up paper towel with lube on top of the cases. I twirled and tumbled the cases until I figured they were coated really well and dumped them out to dry. WOW! What a difference it made. The case "slides" into the die really slick and smooth now. He was right, it made a world of difference. Anything that will make reloading easier, I'm game. And this is making it easier for me. Just thought I would share with you guys for those that don't lube their pistol cases.
  10. Thanks for the replies. I would like to send it to them, but I couldn't imagine what the shipping would be. This morning I did get some straight 30W motor oil and some needle fittings for my grease gun. I injected the needle holes on the frame with some new grease and cleaned off the ram with a cloth. I spread some 30W oil on the ram and after a good 10-20 strokes it loosened up and is running smoother. It seems each stroke it get better and better. My world is getting better by each round.
  11. I just purchased a used (never been used 550B). It sat around in a friends garage for years and was never used. It's so old that it has the black bearing for the auto powder system (not the tall white one that goes on the rod). I have cleaned it up, however when I lubed the ram with Mobil 1 10/30 synthetic, it is getting harder and harder to throw the lever when I reload. The ram feels really tight. I have cleaned the ram several times with a cloth. I have cleaned with the ram up and down as best as I could. But it has not done any good whatsoever. Should I clean the ram with denatured alcohol and re-lube? I can see the oil that is stripping from the ram, onto the frame is getting black. Could it be that all the years this has sat in the corner that it needs to be disassembled, cleaned and lubricated? Thanks in advance.
  12. Hello all, from the real NorCal. 17 miles from the OR border is pretty far north. :D
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