dmccord
dmccord
64 posts
Joined July 2015

Just Kind Of Bummed Out

I just called Dillon to get a expanding powder funnel for the 223 I am about to load, I told him I was loading powder coated cast bullets so I need to expand the cases. He said they do not have one, most people load FMJ for 223 and he is correct. He said I was in the minority (people that load cast bullets for 223) but are we not all in the minority that reload? Most people do not reload at all the just go and spend lots of money for a few rounds where we spend even more money for LOTS of rounds.

I have a Lee expander die ( I work up my rifle loads on my single stage press) so I can expand the case mouths and then just hand weigh each charge instead of using my powder drop system but I am still just sitting here underwhelmed. I guess I am so used to calling Dillon and being able to get what I need that I just never considered that Dillon would just choose not to support something.
slrosen
slrosen
30 posts
Joined November 2008

RE: Just Kind Of Bummed Out

Well, if you've got a toolhead set yo to do case prep (trim/re-size) you can add a Lyman M-die to expand the case mouths as part of the prep stage...
slrosen
slrosen
30 posts
Joined November 2008

RE: Just Kind Of Bummed Out

Well, if you've got a toolhead set to do case prep (trim/re-size) you can add a Lyman M-die to expand the case mouths as part of the prep stage...
Bucolic_Buffalo
Bucolic_Buffalo
59 posts
Joined June 2016

RE: Just Kind Of Bummed Out

You could still do it on the Dillon press. So it takes you two runs though. You can pull the unused dies or setup two toolheads. You would not be the only person using non-Dillon dies to accomplish a desired result. There is still the benefits of the case-feeder and automation. On the pass where you are not priming, pull the primer feeder. It just requires some thought in the steps. Some would even do it all in one pass, but I like a lockout die checking powder levels.
dillon
Administrator
dillon
2,891 posts
Joined July 2007

RE: Just Kind Of Bummed Out

If we made a powder funnel to expand 22 rifle cases, the through-hole in the funnel would be too small to allow powder to flow freely. A Lyman M die is the best way to accomplish what you want.
Currently
Currently
11 posts
Joined September 2014

RE: Just Kind Of Bummed Out

One thing to get used to with this hobby, there will always be a tool or modification that will make a task easier and or better.

Then one justifies it by believing how did I ever make do without this!

The ingenuity of the American people never ceases to amaze me ... from Mike Dillon to all these people that take a problem and develop an ingenious solution to make it better!

For the record, I use Lyman M dies for all my military calibers that require case prep. All my Dillon's have Inline Fab Ergo handles. Even the RockChucker has one. The 550's have the primer slide bearings. Snowshooz has this new primer disconnector that I'm going to buy for my 650.

I've come to terms that it's never going to stop.

In the meantime I get this dreaded magazine every month that MAKES me buy more and more blue stuff!

It's a conspiracy I tell you!

:)
vmoss0363
vmoss0363
1 post
Joined August 2009

RE: Just Kind Of Bummed Out

I only load 9mm on my 650, but i have loaded a lot on .223/5.56 on a single stage and I never flare a case mouths. If the case is chamfered correctly you should not have a problem,
Van