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Hello All, I recently received my XL650 and have run into a snag when setting up my dies for 300 Blackout. I almost exclusively reload subsonic with cast bullets for the 300 blackout. Because of this, I need to bell the case mouth ever so slightly to avoid cutting into the bullet. On my old Loadmaster, I had five stations so I could fit an Expander die in slot 2 and run with it. On my XL650, my only extra station is taken up by the powder check so no room for the expander die. I need solutions. From my point of view, I have two main options: Remove the Powder Check(prefer not to since I bought it) or Run exclusively jacketed/plated bullets(not really financially feasible for me). I have been unable to find a powder funnel that would bell the case mouth for the powder measure (please correct me if I am wrong. At this point, I'm probably going to end up removing the powder check but are there any other solutions you guys/gals can think up? Thank you for any help!
Got my RL550B on Saturday and spent Saturday evening setting it up and doing some loading on it. Showed it to Mrs. Jones last night and her comment was "That is cool - why didn't you buy it sooner?!" (I guess because I'm an idiot?? Questions: 1 - While setting it up I got confused about setting up station 3. The manual says the following "Put a case into the shellplate at Station Three. Raise the platform up and screw the die down until it just touches the shellplate and back it out two turns. Now back your seating stem out." When I did this, using a freshly resized 9mm case, I could not get the die (Lee) to screw down to touch the shellpate as instructed in the manual. I could get it to go down over most of the case but not completely down to touch the shellplate. What I ended up doing was screwing the backing the die out until it touched the case and then set the seating stem. I ran some rounds through (without primers or powder) and then ran them through the crimp die. Afterwards I pulled them and there weren't any cuts in the coating so I'm pretty sure I'm good to go but just wanted to check because the station was not setup exactly per the manual. I did take 25 of the rounds I loaded to the range yesterday and they all went bang so I think I'm good to go. 2 - I currently have my press loaded on a Workmate with extra wood on top to serve as a strong mount. I'm planning to build a shelf to attach to the wall. I have an area that's 24" wide which should find for the width. What I'd like to how is how deep should I make the shelf so that I could mount a casefeeder at some point in the future. 3 - Speaking of casefeeders are you required to use a strong mount with one? I don't think you are but I don't want to mount my shelf and then have to move it when I get the casefeeder.