MrWilburn
MrWilburn
3 posts
Joined May 2011

Spent primer collection

I've been reloading .45 ACP on my 550 for 8 months or so without any issues that weren't user related.I just started reloading .40 s&w and the only issue is the spent primer bin.After resizing the spent primer is sent any and everywhere except into the primer bin.I've checked everything,and cleaned everything as per the manual but I still get the same results.I switched tool heads back to .45 ACP to compare,and it worked flawlessly.Any help?
dillon
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dillon
3,222 posts
Joined July 2007

RE: Spent primer collection

Check the spent primer catcher chute #13899, be sure it is pivoting to the closed position when you pull the handle down.
MrWilburn
MrWilburn
3 posts
Joined May 2011

RE: Spent primer collection

Yeah that's what it is it seems.It stays in the open position all the time.
MrWilburn
MrWilburn
3 posts
Joined May 2011

RE: Spent primer collection

Problem solved.It was the little cotter key/pin that keep the catch bin together.Somehow it had gotten into a bind and was holding it in the open position....DUH on me big time.Once again,me not the machine.Thanks!
caldrovp
caldrovp
35 posts
Joined August 2011

RE: Spent primer collection

Hey thanks to the original post and to the one that answered it. I got an RL550B for Christmas and have been reloading like a fiend. Tonight the spent primers were going all over the place. Some were landing on the new primer feed ramp which plays havoc with the smooth operation of the cycle. IMO the cotter pin in the spent primer chute is a little too tight. Mine was really jammed in there and in order to get it out I had to grab it with a pair of needle nose pliers and rotate the pliers which wound the cotter pin onto the pliers as it was pulled out. I went back with the same size cotter pin but only one leg of it. Now the spent primer chute operates perfectly.

 

I love my RL550B

Thanks again guys

Vince

rfwhatley
rfwhatley
41 posts
Joined December 2007

RE: Spent primer collection

This is a very common 550 issue. Some people replace the split pin with a safety pin or other round wire. The issue is in the split pin, not the chute.



Dean2
Dean2
6 posts
Joined May 2012

RE: Spent primer collection

If this is such a "Common" and recurring problem, I would think this should be an easy, and next to free fix for Dillon to implement. It would be one less of what are already relatively few customer issues and again add to their rep for the very best designed and built machines.
garryc@charter.net
garryc@charter.ne...
1 post
Joined March 2010

RE: Spent primer collection

I had the same problem, I took the cotter pin and got rid of it.  I then took a primer tube clip and used that.  It fits perfectly and it is round and solid.
seanport
seanport
2 posts
Joined November 2017

RE: Spent primer collection

I have the exact same problem, the cotter pin is hung up and primers are going all over the place. I will replace it with something more solid tonight. Loaded 100 rounds this morning before work and it drove me crazy with the primers going everywhere, seems like a simple design change fix is in order Dillon.
jjd223
jjd223
1 post
Joined January 2012

RE: Spent primer collection

I cut a section of paper towel inner cardboard roll to about 3" and stood it in the spent primer cup, then trimmed it for all the obstructions( Frame, operating rod and spent primer catch chute ) I haven't dropped a primer since.
Currently
Currently
21 posts
Joined September 2014

RE: Spent primer collection

I also added a small magnet so it adds weight to keep it closed.