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RustyFN
08-20-2011, 19:48
I loaded 200 rounds of 223 on the 550 today. I took my Lee dies out of the classic turret. I am using cases that have already been cleaned, sized, trimmed, chamfered and the primer pockets swagged. I left the sizing die out. Using the Dillon powder set up. Using the Lee seating die and FCD. The first 100 rounds I had three cases with no primer and one sideways. The second 100 I had one case with no primer. I think most of the priming problems were due to primer pockets not being swagged good. It will take a little getting used to. I found myself a lot of times reaching for a bullet when I should have been advancing the shell plate because I'm so used to the auto index of the classic turret. Overall I am very happy with the press.

Zombie Steve
08-20-2011, 20:11
This thread is boring because other than the fcd, you know what you're doing.

Zombie Steve
08-20-2011, 20:11
Make something explode or something.

n2extrm
08-20-2011, 20:39
When I sold the 550 and bought the 650 I kepttrying to inex the press with my left thumb! It gets better!

Zombie Steve
08-20-2011, 20:51
Congrats, by the way.

Steve Koski
08-20-2011, 21:07
No kidding. Break it, or start the house on fire. Make it exciting.

ron59
08-20-2011, 21:41
The 550 comes with the large primer magazine installed. I had the same problem as u until I put the small one in.

PCJim
08-20-2011, 21:51
The 550 comes with the large primer magazine installed. I had the same problem as u until I put the small one in.

Good point, and one that is oftentimes overlooked.

Rusty, if you tumble a second time to remove the lube used during resizing, get yourself a universal depriming die and put it into station one on your .223 toolhead. If will provide you with added assurance that the flash hole has not become clogged with media.

PCJim
08-20-2011, 22:13
Rusty, consider rigging up one of these Harbor Freight flashlights, #95414, to provide concentrated lighting to the mouth area of your rifle cases. Runs about $8 when they are on sale, otherwise $10.

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6198/6064307172_25fb46bd9f.jpg

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6065/6064307498_819a9aed70.jpg

The body is held loosely in place against a recess in the rear frame with a tie strap, and the LED head is held in place with a twist tie.

Beanie-Bean
08-20-2011, 22:51
Congrats, Rusty! Good to hear that the press is working out for you.

Beanie-Bean
08-20-2011, 22:53
Rusty, consider rigging up one of these Harbor Freight flashlights, #95414, to provide concentrated lighting to the mouth area of your rifle cases. Runs about $8 when they are on sale, otherwise $10.


Thanks for the tip! HF is not too far from the house, so I'll go see what they've got in stock.

El_Ron1
08-20-2011, 22:58
$8? You can use the one they give you!

RustyFN
08-21-2011, 09:11
The 550 comes with the large primer magazine installed. I had the same problem as u until I put the small one in.

Ron the first thing I did during the install was change the primer slide and tube to small and the powder bar to large.

Rusty, if you tumble a second time to remove the lube used during resizing,

Jim I tumble with the primers in and then don't tumble again until they are loaded to clean the lube off. I will have to look into that light though.

Thanks for the tip's everybody. I really think it was poorly swagged primer pockets because I don't have a swage tool I do it with a drill bit and sometimes don't get enough. I actually had two cases get pushed out of the shell plate and bend the rim.

ron59
08-21-2011, 10:03
Thanks for the tip's everybody. I really think it was poorly swagged primer pockets because I don't have a swage tool I do it with a drill bit and sometimes don't get enough. I actually had two cases get pushed out of the shell plate and bend the rim.

Makes sense.

unclebob
08-21-2011, 10:26
This lamp works a lot better. Plus no battery to change.
http://www.kmart.com/shc/s/p_10151_10104_9990000083912011P?prdNo=16&blockNo=16&blockType=G16
Not the same lamp but this how I installed mine. To bad Lowe's quit selling these lamps.
<a href="http://s139.photobucket.com/albums/q281/Unclebob46/Reloading%20bench/?action=view&amp;current=100_0640.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://i139.photobucket.com/albums/q281/Unclebob46/Reloading%20bench/100_0640.jpg" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a>

ron59
08-21-2011, 13:33
This lamp works a lot better. Plus no battery to change.
http://www.kmart.com/shc/s/p_10151_10104_9990000083912011P?prdNo=16&blockNo=16&blockType=G16
Not the same lamp but this how I installed mine. To bad Lowe's quit selling these lamps.


I have one of the lab lamps on the extension arm, with built in magnifying glass (for giving my primers a quick scan before picking them up). It clamps to most surfaces, I clamped it to a shelf just over my bench. It extends, tilts, swivels, whatever you want.

I am able to position it in exactly the same place you have yours. Gives excellent lighting on the shellplate, particularly the expander/powder drop station. But I also feel mine gives added value, as I can quickly swing it over to my work area when I'm cleaning a gun, picking up primers, etc.

Colorado4Wheel
08-21-2011, 13:35
Rusty,

It takes a little time to get used to the process. But as time goes on it becomes second nature.

unclebob
08-21-2011, 15:19
I have one of the lab lamps on the extension arm, with built in magnifying glass (for giving my primers a quick scan before picking them up). It clamps to most surfaces, I clamped it to a shelf just over my bench. It extends, tilts, swivels, whatever you want.

I am able to position it in exactly the same place you have yours. Gives excellent lighting on the shellplate, particularly the expander/powder drop station. But I also feel mine gives added value, as I can quickly swing it over to my work area when I'm cleaning a gun, picking up primers, etc.
If you look to the left you will see that I have the same light. I have testing out at least 5+ different lights. The best light that I have found for looking inside the case is a 20 watt halogen light.
<a href="http://s139.photobucket.com/albums/q281/Unclebob46/Reloading%20bench/?action=view&amp;current=100_0631.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://i139.photobucket.com/albums/q281/Unclebob46/Reloading%20bench/100_0631.jpg" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a>

Colorado4Wheel
08-21-2011, 15:21
<a href="http://s139.photobucket.com/albums/q281/Unclebob46/Reloading%20bench/?action=view&amp;current=100_0640.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://i139.photobucket.com/albums/q281/Unclebob46/Reloading%20bench/100_0640.jpg" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a>

What are the two tubes coming out of the bowl?

unclebob
08-21-2011, 15:41
What are the two tubes coming out of the bowl?

Do you have media all over your reloading bench from the media coming out of your case feeder? That is what they are for. They go down to the container under the strong mount that also catches the spent primers.