Skeetmax
Skeetmax
3 posts
Joined June 2018

Crushed hulls on shot station

I only reload 20 and 28ga on this machine. Worked perfectly for several years then it started to crush hulls when it tried to seat the wad. I have done the following: adjusted the pivot arm, flared the wad, made sure there is no shot on or under the pivot arm, mad sure the hull is sitting straight up. It seems that the wad guide fingers do not enter the hull correctly each time. I end up with a crushed or split hull and shot everywhere. I think I have more shot on the bench and floor than I do in the hopper. You can not back it out so once it has started to crush a hull you have to go through with it knowing there will be shot going everywhere. I have pictures of dozens of 20 and 28 hulls that are split or crushed. I showed them to the Dillon booth personnel at the NRA show. They all said that the drop tube must be bent. Nope...drop tube on both heads are fine. It might make sense if one tube was bent but it would be a strong coincidence if both tubes were bent. I crush at LEAST 4-5 hulls per box. I spend more time cleaning up then reloading. I'm ready to call Dillon and give them an earful at this point. I have a 550 as well (love it) and I am still using my Dillon case vibrator that I purchased in '93 or '94. But I am near the end and might have to go back to a MEC. Anyone have any ideas that I might be able to try?
dillon
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dillon
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Joined July 2007

RE: Crushed hulls on shot station

Does the spring-loaded sleeve that the plastic wad guide goes into freely spring back when pushed down? If not, use a very light oil very sparingly on the outside of the sleeve. Do the plastic fingers on the wad guides look worn?
Skeetmax
Skeetmax
3 posts
Joined June 2018

RE: Crushed hulls on shot station

It does spring back. I tried reloading some 28 gauge just last night. Three perfect shells and then a crushed one. I went slow and tried to make sure it was aligned but it still crushed 2 more. So I stopped. I guess I could try replacing the wad guides. Wouldn't hurt.

Thanks.
dillon
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dillon
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Joined July 2007

RE: Crushed hulls on shot station

Please email us to request a new wad guide. Be sure to include your address, and size.
Skeetmax
Skeetmax
3 posts
Joined June 2018

RE: Crushed hulls on shot station

I did as requested and Dillon sent me new wads guides for the 20 and 28 ga as well as new plastic sleeves for the shot drop tube. Appreciate the parts and the assistance. I changed out everything and it worked a lot better then before. It didn't crush as many hulls as before but it still did. I have still been playing with it, going slow, lining everything up, watching the wad line up with the tube, watching it line up with the hull, etc. Just tonight at 10 p.m. while I was working on 28 ga and watching it crush a few hulls something different happened. The wad didn't go into the hull but rather right down the side of it. The hull was flattened side to side so it appeared the hull wasn't lined up even after I made sure it was before I completed the pull. I then emptied the shell plate and watched it as I pulled the handle slowly. Each time I pulled the handle...right as the wad guide centered itself under the drop tube...the shell plate went backwards about 3/16" - 1/4". It did it every time. I tightened the shell plate bolt a little at a time until it stopped doing it. I loaded 2 boxes without a crushed hull. HOWEVER, the plate is so tight that it is a little stiff when I bring the handle up and rotate the plate. I put a small touch of grease on the ramp under the plate hoping it would help it slide better but it didn't help. Is there anything I could do to keep the shell plate still be not as tight as it is now?

Thanks....
dillon
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dillon
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RE: Crushed hulls on shot station

Remove the shellplate, and check for powder/debris around the detent ball. Normally, about half of the ball is above the top of the platform.