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Dillon powder check on lnl AP no press mods

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by sugarmaker, Oct 15, 2011.

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  1. sugarmaker

    sugarmaker Member

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    No need to modify the press. Use a hardware store bracket, I put a slight bend to make the measuring a little more precise by pushing closer to the hinge. Attaches to the neck bell stop on the newer powder measures. It needs a case in the powder drop station to work, not a problem for me. It's very reliable for .223, haven't tried it for other calibers yet.
     

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  2. DaveInFloweryBranchGA

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    Great mod sugarmaker. Thanks for posting this, as I was planning on getting one of those for my new press.

    Dave
     
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    Can you pan back a bit or draw a diagram. I'm just not following the set up...and I'm interested. I have the same powder check and have not yet installed it.
     
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    Yes, I agree, more pics would be good.
     
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    Can I ask why you would want to use a dillon powder measure on your hornady press? Didn't the hornady come with one? Or is this an effort to keep the hornady adjusted for one caliber and the dillon for another?
     
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    "Can I ask why you would want to use a dillon powder measure on your hornady press? Didn't the hornady come with one? Or is this an effort to keep the hornady adjusted for one caliber and the dillon for another?"

    He's not using a Dillon powder measure, he's using their powder checker, which checks for low powder in a case. Very handy for preventing squibs.
     
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    I think he should get a Dillon powder measure as well. :D Then he can make a small profit selling the Hornady, and get a smoother easier to operate press as well. :):)
     
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    Another view of the powder check. Could have bought a Dillon, probably better if all someone wants is a reliable bone stock press to crank out ammo. I bought the LNL AP so I could trim / chamfer / deburr on the press and also make more consistant ammo. I don't think the setup I have would work well on a Dillon. I can change cutter shafts and dies in the LNL bushings in about 2 min. and have sub .001" trimmed, perfect chamfer, sub .001" accurate shoulder setback, and sub .001" accurate seating. I can trim 44 mag / 10mm / 30-06 / whatever other caliber I decide to trim on the press. Cases go in the hopper and come out match quality. I can beat a 650 / Giraud combination 2:1 or better on throughput with superior quality (5 second cycle time per case). This has taken some work, but the results are very satisfying. Just comparing the straignt presses, I'm inclined to think the Dillon will work better out of the box, but I have access to a DRO equipped vertical mill, metal lathe, and an excellent tool and raw stock assortment. Not to start a flame war, but the AP is better siuted to what I do.
     

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