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Automatic primer drop on Dillon 550

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by rkammer, Aug 2, 2010.

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  1. rkammer

    rkammer Member

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    I don't mind loading cases and bullets by hand on my 550B but, loading primer tubes is a pain. Is there an option that will allow me to automate the primer process on the 550? :)
     
  2. loadedround

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    Assuming that you are using the auto primer drop tubes that came with your Dillon 550, you have two options; one, Dillon sells an auto primer tube filler(expensive) that will load a primer tube in a minute; or two, buy several or more extra priming tubes and fill all once. It only takes me about two minutes to fill an empty primer tube with 100 primers. Are you sure you are loading them correctly, or are you loading that much ammo?
     
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    I sprung for Dillon's primer flip tray. If I do the "dump the primer packaging" correctly, almost all are oriented correctly, so a little shake against the ridged surface flips them all shiny side down. Now you "flip" the tray using the cover. With this size tray, it's easy to spread them out so the primer tube nose doesn't have to fight for space. Only takes me 60 seconds to load 100 primers.

    I think it might be more difficult if you don't do it on an absolutely smooth surface with enough room to work. (Like some of the small primer flip trays.)
     
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    You need this. The product was discontinued. It did need a little deburring and fitting but I can have 100 primers loaded in a 650 in less than a minute.
     

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  5. rkammer

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    I checked the price of the auto tube filler and it's $300 and all it does is fill the tubes. I'll put up with loading the tubes myself as I do have about 6 of them.
     
  6. rkammer

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    I like that gizmo. Discontinued? Too bad.
     
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    Bought one years back. Cheaply made and I have to shake it to keep the primers from stacking up, but for $12.00 (???) it works well.
     
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    Vibra-Prime Is What You Want

    Check ePay, Gunbroker & sites like this one's 'for sale' areas. I bought one for around $20 a couple of years ago. Worth its weight in flip-trays...
     
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