clinton43613
clinton43613
5 posts
Joined September 2019

WHAT'S UP WITH MY OPERATING HANDLE HITTING MY CARTRIDHE COLLECTION BIN?

I bought my 550C late last year and have loaded around 3,000-4,000 rounds of .223, 7.62, and 45-70Govt' with only the minimal problems that all new owners run into. I have called Dillon once or twice and have always been treated well. SO....let's see if Dillon or anyone else can help me again. I put on the roller handle when I first purchased the press along with the riser and the upgraded bullet trays. I've noticed that within the last 500-1,000 rounds my handle goes forward and actually hits the finished cartridge collection bin. After a while I have to pull the bin back or it falls off the mount. The mount really doesn't have any play to move rearward. I've looked all over the press for a fix but I don't see one. I tightened up the crush washer on the handle as it was slightly off center but it didn't really help much. The only thing I can think of is that the Link Arm, Left(#13583), Link Arm, Right W/Hook (#13747) or the Link arm Pin (#13700) is failing prematurely due to wear. I promise you I baby this press like she is a prom queen. Any insight would be greatly appreciated.
jforwel
jforwel
72 posts
Joined November 2007

RE: WHAT'S UP WITH MY OPERATING HANDLE HITTING MY CARTRIDHE COLLECTION BIN?

Well, that happened to my 30 year old 550B a few years back but not to the extent that you described. My handle would bump into the bin and push it back a bit. But what I noticed was primers not seating deeply enough. It turned out that the crank had a crack in it and when pushing the handle to seat a primer it would flex at the crack.

Dillon sent a new one which had been re-designed. I would think that your press is too new for that to happen. But I am curious.
clinton43613
clinton43613
5 posts
Joined September 2019

RE: WHAT'S UP WITH MY OPERATING HANDLE HITTING MY CARTRIDHE COLLECTION BIN?

That's funny you say that though, because I was having an awful time getting primers to seat a few months back as well. It's been a while now since I got it fixed so I cannot say the reasoning behind it. The primers appeared to be a little high on one side by anywhere from .001'-.00015". I took er' apart and cleaned the ram up below the shell plate but I didn't find anything out of the norm.It does seat the primers where they should be now. I want to say it was something simple like adjusting the return spring on the Failsafe Rod as well as tightening up the mount plate the shell holder sits on. But for the life of me I cannot figure this out. Neither the ram or roller handle appear to have slop in either. I would think you would see play in something like this if it encompasses the ram, pivot(s) or main bearing [Link Arm Pin (13700)] . I don't notice shavings that would indicate break down on the bearing either. The ram travel is fluid and smooth, but it just goes to far by about 0.5"- 1.0" I have tried adjusting the Failsafe Rod (*97000) to the extreme but it still doesn't stop the forward travel of the roller arm enough to prevent hitting the cartridge bin.
clinton43613
clinton43613
5 posts
Joined September 2019

RE: WHAT'S UP WITH MY OPERATING HANDLE HITTING MY CARTRIDHE COLLECTION BIN?

I meant .001"- .0015"