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jwc17
09-01-2010, 08:59
I have a florescent light fixture above my Dillon 550B and it provides enough light to confirm my powder charges with 9mm cases, but not with 38 Special cases.

I am not sure if better lighting will help as the 38 Special cases are taller than 9mm and I am only charging them with 4 grains of Winchester 231 powder.

What do other users do to solve this problem?

AZBru88
09-01-2010, 09:06
I added a clamp on light to my loading room. Can move it any where I need to. I was having problems seeing into my 9mm cases. My other 550 press seems to get plenty of light. Simple, cheap and easy to relocate.

n2extrm
09-01-2010, 09:14
A few people put a mini mag light in the center hole in the tool head, using a oring on the other side to hold it in place. C4W had a bendable light held to the press with poster putty, and a 45 case drilled to hold the head of the lamp attached to the press as well. Maybe he will drop by and post a pic for you. If not send him a message. I thought it was really a cool set up.

GioaJack
09-01-2010, 09:18
My butler wears a miner's type headlamp when he loads... he looks like an idiot.


Jack

TonyT
09-01-2010, 11:22
I solved the problem by sing Trail Boss powder. Trail Boss is less dense than most other powders.

XDRoX
09-01-2010, 11:38
I believe Steve built a series of mirrors that when adjusted correctly you can see one granule of powder at the bottom of 308 case:supergrin:

Actually, like Tony I switched to Trail Boss for 38spl. I'm really impressed by this powder.

I solved the problem by sing Trail Boss powder. Trail Boss is less dense than most other powders.

Big Wes
09-02-2010, 18:16
I use this: http://www.walmart.com/ip/Barbecue-Grill-Light/8587359?wmlspartner=RyGyXeX*rtA&sourceid=31029508820072412451

D. Manley
09-02-2010, 18:31
My shop is florescent lighted fairly well but I purchased an additional florescent "shop light" and hung directly over my bench and as low as possible not to interfere with loading. I then added a flexible necked clamp-on light and replaced the 60 watt incandescent bulb with a 60 watt halogen spotlight bulb directed downward at about 45 degrees toward the powder station. I can see the flash hole pretty well on most any pistol cartridge and even on .357 Mag, the powder is easy to detect.

Colorado4Wheel
09-02-2010, 18:33
My Harbour Freight light pooped out on me and I now just use a goose neck light to shine in the case.

njl
09-02-2010, 19:50
My Harbour Freight light pooped out on me and I now just use a goose neck light to shine in the case.


Yeah...the batteries that come with those lights ought to be thrown in the trash as soon as you unpack the light. Mine leaked before they died...and almost killed the light. I managed to save it, and it's still working for the moment...but it's probably not going to last. I still have it strapped to the primer magazine.

Colorado4Wheel
09-02-2010, 19:56
Mine got a short in it's neck that I couldn't find.