Reloading problem

Reloading problem

This is a discussion on Reloading problem within the General Firearm Discussion forums, part of the Related Topics category; I use a Dillon 550b. It works great , but I seem to bend/break the deprime pin occasionally. I am on #3 . Yes Dillon ...

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    Reloading problem

    I use a Dillon 550b. It works great , but I seem to bend/break the deprime pin occasionally. I am on #3 . Yes Dillon replaces it for free , but I am stuck till the replacement part arrives.
    anyone use a Dillon find the same problem? I thought it was because I was reloading A-merc brass, but now I wonder as I was reloading Fiochi,win and fed brass. (am reloading .40 S&W ammo, BTW)
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    cant help ya as i dont have anything dillon but dies

    but i would order some extra deprime pins there pack of 10 i think not a ad price then swap up out as they break so your always ready to go

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    Wondering Rocky if you are depriming primers that are crimped in - that does place increased load on decap pin.

    Give that A-Merc crap a miss!!! Maybe have to be more fussy over choice of brass ro reuse.
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    Kinda what I was thinking. Seems the pin is made of weak metal.

    not sure Chris, any idea how to tell. the inside primer pocket doesn't seem to show any visible ridge .

    I toss out any Amerc anymore, even before this loading session.
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    I wish I could help, but I have run tens of thousands of rounds through my RL550B and not had that happen. I reload .44, .45, and 7mm Mag.
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    Ive broke a few decapping pins reloading 45acp change the pin and can deprime the same case it broke on i guess its just fatigue also

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    No doubt about it, some brands of cases are worse than others.

    I got a batch of some of the wall .45 brass one time that kept pulling my decap pin out. After that happening a dozen times I quit using that brass and didnt have that problem anymore.
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    I never reload with brass that I didn't originally purchase myself as new and unprimed so I reckon that is why I have not encountered this problem.
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    All the ammo I start reloading is once fired brass. PD issue usually. Just wondering if some brands are more prone to known issues.
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    I've only broken one deprime pin and that was on a rock stuck in the case. If it keeps happening, you might give Dillon a ring they may have a suggestion to help reduce the breakage.

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    rocky,

    It's not normal, I've loaded close to 14K on my 550 this year alone and haven't lost a single pin. Are you using a Dillon die, or another manufacturer?

    Check out the inside of some of your brass and see if you see a scrape mark were the decap pin is hitting the web. IF so, you've got an alignment problem.

    A couple things it could be, all can cause alignment problems:

    1. The little "springy deal" on the feed tray is out of adjustment, and it's allowing your brass to be out of alignment with the decapping pin. It doesn't take much to allow a piece of brass to back out of center. Adjust it so when brass is in it holds it against the shell holder and the "springy deal" allows it to turn still.

    2. You could have a bent decapping rod (might have gotten bent due to step 1), or it's not centered in your brass. I'd loosen the nut on the decap rod, raise a deprimed piece of brass into the die, then tighten the nut up once the decap rod is in the flash hole. This should center things up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck R. View Post
    2. You could have a bent decapping rod (might have gotten bent due to step 1), or it's not centered in your brass.
    I'm with Chuck on this one. I can't speak specifically to the Dillon, but if you have repeated failures, there's a good possibility it's bent or sitting crooked and the pressure is not straight on the pin causing it to bend slightly,then break.
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    I have some rounds were the primer did not seat properly and protrudes, didn't notice till I completed the rounds. What do you guys do with these?

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    Depends how many - but if only a few then use a bullet puller - inertial or otherwise and disassemble the rounds.

    Then put empty case thru stage 1 just to finish primer seating and then proceed as normal - re flare case mouth, recharge and seat bullet again.
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    Thanks guys, will look into the centering of the case /pin once the new pin arrives. Sounds as if it might be the most likely cause.
    Dillon suggested placing a washer under the pin mount to limit pin depth, but I don't think this is the problem. will let you all know what I find ,once the new pin gets here.
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