ahjack3
ahjack3
3 posts
Joined August 2008

Cases Sticking to Powder Funnel

Hello All...I have tried absolutely everything suggested in the Help Guides and by tech support and this problem simply will not go away.  Cases (9mm) continue to stick to the powder funnel.  It seems that the powder funnel is too large for the sized cases...is that possible..these things really stick.

Any additional help would be greatly appreciated.  I really want to enjoy using this press, but this issue will not go away.

Thanks ...Aaron

harvbrittain
harvbrittain
2 posts
Joined July 2015

RE: Cases Sticking to Powder Funnel

If you have a 1/2" drill pur the powder funnel in the chuck and spin it up with some Emory cloth. I then polished on my bench grinder with polishing pads and polish to a high shine. The press runs slick as butter now no sticking.
Nik0251
Nik0251
20 posts
Joined September 2014

RE: Cases Sticking to Powder Funnel

Try lightly lubing the cases then shake them till most stand up then quick shot in case mouths, works for me on all calibers
UsbpAjo
UsbpAjo
1 post
Joined May 2017

RE: Cases Sticking to Powder Funnel

It comes down to how you wash your brass and what you're using in your tumbler. Use only distilled water to avoid hardwater or salt from the water softener. Only air dry, no ovens.....at least that's my opinion.
Dave O
Dave O
7 posts
Joined September 2013

RE: Cases Sticking to Powder Funnel

I had the same problem with the 45 ACP, 10mm, 40 S&W, and 9x19mm cases.

I'd micro-polished the respective powder funnels more than once after which the "sticking" would cease for a couple hundred rounds, but gradually increase back to the "serious sticking" level.

My fix is to use Dillon's Spray Lube which solves the sticking problem; however it adds post loading lube removal step. I dilute the lube with 90% alcohol as only a small amount is needed to fix the problem and reduces the post cleaning time.

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rojo170
rojo170
1 post
Joined May 2013

RE: Cases Sticking to Powder Funnel

My 550C powder funnel sticks so bad in all my new and wet tumbled 9mm cases that I have to yank the handle up to dislodge the funnel from the brass. I've tried using Emory cloth to clean the bottom sides of the funnel below the belling position to no avail. I will try to lube the cases to see if this might help but this is very frustrating. I'm reading posts here from almost 10 years ago complaining of the same issues...... it is apparent that there has been no fix from Dillon in all this time. I love the press after loading single stage for so long but this is unacceptable! Please help, Dillon....
Bucolic_Buffalo
Bucolic_Buffalo
67 posts
Joined June 2016

RE: Cases Sticking to Powder Funnel

Careful cleaning the funnel. It has a mirror finish. At least smooth. If you roughen it, brass will stick even worst. Brass sticks to brass real bad.

If you are going to use new brass, or clean your brass by washing it. Then you are most likely going to have to lube it.
Dave O
Dave O
7 posts
Joined September 2013

RE: Cases Sticking to Powder Funnel

All my new, used, clean, or dirty 9x19mm, 40 S&W, 10mm Auto, and 45 ACP cases stick to the powder funnel. Cleaned and polished the powder funnels more than once which helped for a short while. The fix... a very slight amount of Dillon spray lube inside the cases solves the problem.
pegrannan@gmail.com
pegrannan@gmail.c...
14 posts
Joined July 2010

RE: Cases Sticking to Powder Funnel

I had the same problem after I switched to wet tumbling with stainless steel media. Brass got "too clean" I was told. I polished the powder funnel and that did not fix the problem and I did not like the idea of spraying lube on the brass after they were cleaned to a "look like new" condition.

So what fixed mine was to pull out the old media tumbler. Before I start loading I tumble the brass for about 45 min and add a cap full of NuFinish to the dry media. This seems to add enough of a slippery surface that the powder funnel does not stick
DeerValley1999
DeerValley1999
3 posts
Joined March 2019

RE: Cases Sticking to Powder Funnel

I started having the powder funnel stick. I wasn't sure what was going on, as I'm new to the Dillon press. I Googled the problem and one of the places it brought me was this forum. On one of the previous answers mentioned a YouTube video. After watching it, I removed my powder funnel and examined it under a high power magnifier. Sure enough I saw the little ring of brass on the funnel. I didn't have the items he used to clean it, so I tried a bunch of things. Razor blade didn't work, neither did a scotch brite pad. 00 steel wool was a little too much, and 0000 was too fine. Fine abrasive cloth was taking some off, but was leaving scratches. I got out the Dremel, put on a felt wheel, added some polishing rouge, and polished it. This worked great at taking the brass ring off, and even took care of the fine scratches. If it happens again, I may try a little film of case lube on the funnel.
pegrannan@gmail.com
pegrannan@gmail.c...
14 posts
Joined July 2010

RE: Cases Sticking to Powder Funnel

I wet tumble with pins and had the same issue. I polished the funnel but eventually the issue came back. What solved it for me was to use McGuire's wash/wax in my wet tumbler and to not do a lot of renceing. This leaves enough of a film to stop the sticking.