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Dillon 650 Tips

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Shmackey, Dec 19, 2011.

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  1. Shmackey

    Shmackey Member

    Dec 24, 2002
    I've been monkeying around with my new 650, having changed over from a Hornady LnL. Here are a couple of things I figured out.

    1. I wanted to see what could be done to stop the endless procession of primers into (and off of) the ski jump when first trying to set up and dial in all the dies on a toolhead. The LnL doesn't replace a new primer with yet another new primer until the first one is inserted into a case--and I was very accustomed to this feature. When trying to run just one case through all the 650 stations to set everything up, the five escaping primers were bugging me. I figured out how to stop that. All you need to do is remove the large black sloping plastic piece on the very front of the machine that causes the primer feed to advance. It functions a lot like the large cam block on the casefeed. One screw removes it quickly. Just remember to screw it back in when you want primers to start up again. :)

    2. Similarly, if you're trying to run just one case through all the stations, you don't really want cases to keep flowing from the case feeder. I noticed on one of the Ultimate Reloader videos that Gavin had a special metal clip that keeps the pivoting case bushing shelf from moving. I made one myself out of a piece of stiff wire coat hanger. It looks like a gigantic staple. One end fits into the case bushing itself, and the other end sits on the outside of the press to keep the unit from returning back under the tube to fetch a new case.

    Hope this is helpful to someone out there....
  2. jmorris

    jmorris Member

    Sep 30, 2005
    A ziptie looped around the primer tube can be hooked/unhooked to the advance arm stopping/starting primers anytime without any tools.
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