melb
melb
6 posts
Joined September 2019

I need help

I spent the last five hours trying to reload some lite 41 magnum loads with my 13 year old grandson. It was very frustrating to say the least. I tried setting the powder bar to 7.5 grs. I was showing him how to adjust the amount of powder, but it would jump everywhere from 6.3 to 8.9, finally we got four in a row that were close enough to the 7.5 that we started loading. I told him that every 5 charges we would check the weight to be safe. It started going far off that we couldn't continue. So I decided to take it all apart and clean it even though I was sure it wasn't dirty. After putting it all back together we loaded about 15 rounds checking the powder weight of each load. They ranged from 7.3 to 7.8 so we continued on. Then the primer feed stopped picking up primers, I took it apart cleaned it tried again. Now our powder drop was ranging from 6.0 to 7.9 grns. and the primer pickup was picking up a primer about every 3 tries. I don't know what to do next. I've loaded about 2500 rounds with this machine since I bought it 10 years ago, It's had a few problems like this but I've always been able to get in working order and continue on. If I could afford it I would buy a brand new Dillion and continue to teach my grandson how to reload without all the hassles, but I can't afford one.
Cleaning it is not the problem, but I'm at a lose what to do next.
Thanks for your help.
dillon
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dillon
3,222 posts
Joined July 2007

RE: I need help

What powder are you using? For most powders, use the small powder bar to dispense this small of a powder charge. Be sure to start with the hopper at least 2/3 full, then throw 10 charges before you begin weighing.
Make sure the powder bar goes fully in both directions, to ensure a consistent amount of powder is dropped. Cases must be flared at least .010" larger than a sized unflared case mouth measures.
Be sure the failsafe rod is installed correctly, and that the blue wing nut is tight enough to fully retract the powder bar.
See the knowledge base for primer feed information.