frpickering
frpickering
1 post
Joined August 2013

SL900 Woes

I have literally never gotten this press to work with any consistency. Tonight, out of 100 shells that I finally got loaded, 10% were throw aways because of bad crimps, 30% dropped the shot way short of the set load, I had to set over 50% of the primers by hand after the primer either didnít line up and fall down the tube or it did but it didnít get into the arm and just fell out on the floor. Itís so inconsistent on dropping shot that I just leave a Lee dipper in the hopper to top off the short ones. It drops powder everywhere. With all of the cleanups, setting primers, and topping off short shot loads, it took me 2.5 hours to load 100 shells. It has so many things going wrong at the same time, I'm not even sure where to start.

zopfi
zopfi
27 posts
Joined February 2008

RE: SL900 Woes

I'd recommend starting here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ND38ReGshy0&list=PLz8ghq-EGAmfj0KMjwhCgMW7pAzkZcPNX

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gLfeduj8gMc&list=PLz8ghq-EGAmfj0KMjwhCgMW7pAzkZcPNX

Lots of good information contained in these two videos.
deibertm
deibertm
3 posts
Joined May 2010

RE: SL900 Woes

In my experience, the SL900 is very consistent. It drops powder within .1 grains and  #7.5 shot to within +/- 3 beads from shell to shell. I load Remington Hulls with Chedite primers, and get perhaps 2 - 3 bad crimps ( which I use for skeet shots) I have loaded over 9,000 shells over the past 3 years.

I did have more trouble with Winchester Hulls and primers in my SL900, and went to Remington and Chedite. One thing to be vigilant about is an occasional shot ball getting  jammed in the shell holder grooves. Get in there with a flashlight and pick to inspect periodically. I also keep lube on  all moving parts except the primer tray and chute - I use a light Teflon spray in that area, so there is no tack.