How to integrate manual powder drop on a Dillon 1100

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  1. JEBruns

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    Mostly for load development, I want to try using a powder trickler with my 1100. So remove the powder bottle and measure/pour the powder through the dropper die for each reload. Is it as easy as just getting the right size funnel, or does someone make a specialty part for this? Do I need to remove the shell from the machine, pour in the powder and then put it back (hope not)?

    Also, what powder trickler works well? Local Bass Pro has a Hornady and Frankfort Arsenal in stock.
     
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  2. WeekendReloader

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    I use one of these adapters with a LEE powder thru-expander die. bought it on ebay. A search on ebay also turned up a few Dillon adapters as well.
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    If I don't want the powder measure on the press, I use a LEE funnel and set it on top of the LEE powder thru-expander die. This is how I do ladder loads. Just scoop & trickle on the scale, then dump the powder into the funnel.
     
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  4. ballman6711

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    I have both the Hornady and FA and would recommend the FA. They both work, but the FA is heavier and doesn't move if bumped.

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    I don’t own a Dillon 1100 so can’t comment to that, but in regards to tricklers, I’ve tried several, RCBS, Redding, etc, and the FA probably works the best. It has good weight, height and reach.
     
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    Now this man needs to read sum
     
  7. GeoDudeFlorida

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    I have and use a Frankford Arsenal trickler and it's a good tool. I used to use a pharmacist's spoon but it was a pain. Before that I just used a 0.17CC Lee Dipper and tapped in powder until the scale leveled. The FA is the first actual trickler I've tried so I don't have anything else to compare it too except using more basic hand tools.
     
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    Here's my set-up for a 550, all Dillon parts. I assume that it would fit an 1100.

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    You're going to have to get in their catalog and dig out the parts. You use your Dillon powder funnel but need to buy an "old" RL450 style powder die, the adaptor to accept 7/8-14 threads, and the little funnel that fits perfectly onto the adaptor. This is my 30-06 set-up. Sometimes I throw charges from an off-press dispenser, sometimes I screw in my Uniflow and manually charge cases on the press.

    ETA: you must remember to pour the charge while the press is in the up stroke. I inevitably spill at least one charge every session.
     
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    You're not the only one to do that.
     
  10. dannyd

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    I use this works good with progress press
    Hornady 095360 Lock-N-Load AP Powder Funnel Die, Accessory

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    Thanks for the pictures and info. But I can't find that long black spacer on Dillon's site. Do you have a link to it by chance?
     
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  13. SingleActionAndrew

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    This is what I use too. As mentioned, ram UP Only :D

    VV powders don't stick to the funnel, and funnel has a taper in the bottom to fit whatever case mouth size.
     
  14. lordpaxman

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    Actually, that’s how I do it. It’s load development, so it’s not many rounds. I’ll take the case out after the non-powder drop, weigh it, dump a charge and back to the bullet seat. I have an RCBS trickler, it works well, as does the chargemaster. Good luck.
     
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    I use this. Dead simple and cheap. Doesnt spill powder either. The only thing I might like a bit better is if the funnel was just a hair taller to help clear other dies on the press.
     
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    I went with the Dillon powder measure adapter and RL 450 powder die to mount my Redding 10X to my Dillon BL-550. Locks in tight, good smooth funnel area.
    Looking at the 1100, seems like it should work, but call Dillon to be sure.
     
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    You’re looking for the Powder Measure Adapter, Dillon part number 20029.
     
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    Thank you, that's the part I was looking for.

    But in looking at it more, do I need that part? Will the Dillon funnel fit in the top of the RL 450 die w/o 20029?
     
  21. Laphroaig

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    I was trying to suggest looking into this^

    Its a different die than the RL450 and since its shown with the funnel I'm thinking it might accept it without the adapter. The adapter is threaded to install other powder drops. If you never plan on doing that, you might save yourself some money. I just posted what I have that also fits your use but might not be the best option for you looking into it more. I did it so I could also use my Uniflow.

    A phone call to Dillon might get you the right stuff if you tell them what you are trying to do.

    ETA: If you follow the link to the funnel from the AT500 die it states that the funnel fits into the top. Viola!
     
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