• LOADS AND LENGTHS: Avoid maximum loads and
pressures at all times. Use only recommended loads from
manuals and information supplied by reliable component
manufacturers and suppliers. Since Dillon Precision has no
control over the components which may be used on their
equipment, no responsibility is implied or assumed for
results obtained through the use of any such components.
Seat bullets as close to maximum cartridge length as
possible. Under some conditions, seating bullets
excessively deep can raise pressures to unsafe levels. Refer
to a reliable loading manual for overall length (OAL).
• QUALITY CHECKS: Every 50-100 rounds, perform
periodic quality control checks on the ammunition being
produced. Check the amount of powder being dropped
and primer supply.
• RELOADING AREA: Keep your components safely
stored. Clear your work area of loose powder, primers and
other flammables before loading.
• COMPONENTS: Never have more than one type of
powder in your reloading area at a time. The risk of a mix-
up is too great. Keep powder containers closed.
Be sure to inspect brass prior to reloading for flaws,
cracks, splits or defects. Throw these cases away.
Keep components and ammunition out of reach of
• BLACK POWDER: Do not use black powder or black
powder substitutes in any Dillon powder measure.
Loading black powder cartridges requires specialized
loading equipment and techniques. Failure to do so can
result in severe injury or death.
• PRIMERS: Never force primers. If they get stuck in the
operation of the machine, disassemble it and gently
remove the obstruction.
Never attempt to clear primers that are stuck in either
the primer pickup tube or the primer magazine tube.
Never, under any circumstances, insert any type of rod to
attempt to force stuck primers out of these tubes. Trying to
force primers out of the tube will cause the primers to
explode causing serious injury or even death.
If primers get stuck in a primer magazine or pickup
tube flood the tube with a penetrating oil (WD-40), throw
the tube in the garbage and call us for a free replacement.
Never attempt to deprime live primers – eventually one
will go off. When it does it will detonate the others in the
spent primer cup. Depriming live primers is the single
most dangerous thing you can do in reloading and can
cause grave injury or death.
• LOADED AMMUNITION: Properly label all of your
loaded ammunition (Date, Type of Bullet, Primer, Powder,
Powder Charge, etc.).
• BE PATIENT: Our loading equipment is conservatively
rated and you should have no trouble achieving the
published rates with a smooth, steady hand. If something
doesn’t seem right, stop, look and listen. If the problem or
the solution isn’t obvious, call us. The reloading bench is
no place to get into a hurry.
We have done everything we know how to make yourmachine as safe as possible. We cannot, however, guarantee
your complete safety. To minimize your risk, use common
sense when reloading and follow these basic rules.
• REMEMBER: If your machine does not perform to your
expectations, or if you are having technical difficulties, give
us a call.
TO BEGIN LOADING
Now that everything is bolted down and you
understand the safety precautions, you can proceed.
First, decide what caliber you want to reload and take
the shellplate (*#20079) from the caliber conversion box,
Fig. 4. Now, in your parts box, find a bag containing; index
ball (#13891), shellplate bolt (#13794), index ball spring
(#13997), set screw (#13923), and index sprocket (#13720).
Insert the index ball spring (#13781) in the platform as
shown in Fig. 5. Next set the index ball on top of the index
ball spring. Now place the shellplate (number up) over the
index ball spring and index ball, Fig. 6.
* Indicates a caliber specific part. See the caliber conversion
chart on page 16 for the caliber you are loading for.
Fig. 4 - This photo shows a complete caliber conversion;
the powder funnel, shellplate and locator buttons.
Fig. 5 - This photo shows the index ball spring and index
ball being placed in the platform.