First handloads

First handloads

This is a discussion on First handloads within the Reloading forums, part of the Defensive Ammunition & Ballistics category; Just sent my first reloads down the range. Went very well after many hours toiling over the press setup. Is it normal to have powder ...

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    First handloads

    Just sent my first reloads down the range. Went very well after many hours toiling over the press setup.

    Is it normal to have powder getting all over the press? I seem to be messy. What is the best way to clean it up? I seem to make a mess when rotating the indexer.

    I'm using the Dillon 550b.
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    I use a separate powder dropper with a single-stage press. No mess, no fuss. On the rare occasion I spill some (and these days it's enough to make a grown man cry), I suck it up with a shop vac and dump it on the lawn.

    If you're really spilling a lot, something may not be set up properly. Progressives are great when all works well, not so great otherwise. Some "Big Blue" owners here should be able to give you some help.
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    Just watch your progressive operations carefully to see how powder gets spilled.

    I use a can of spray air to blow the few grains of powder or lead/moly shavings off my press after each session;, a small (1-inch) paintbrush would work as well. Vacuum cleaners are generally not recommended due to the risk of ignition.
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    I use a Dillon 550b and don't have any problem with spilled powder unless i do something dumb like forgetting to install the index button after weighing loads.
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    Feel free to call Dillon, 800-223-4570. I called them a couple days ago about some small parts I broke, and I was 17th in queue. My wait was barely over 5 minutes.

    I get some powder residue on my press, but it is usually just a small amount. I think it is possible you may be trying to go too quickly. The 550B is a manually advancing press. If you turn the shell plate too hard, or too fast, sometimes the case will jiggle as the shell plate pops into the detent. It may be that you are getting a little powder bouncing out of your case.

    As OldVet said, losing any powder in today's market does make one cringe at the cost.

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    Ya, I will call them for suggestions. I was having a problem with primers and they were a big help. I was 19th in line and waited about 10-15 minutes. Well worth it for their excellent service.

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    Spilt powder? I use a damp paper towel and dab it off the bench. On my Loadmaster I go slow on the upstroke indexing.
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    My 650 used to spill 9mm powder the cases are a bit short and the auto index was a bit snappy. On the 550 I would suggest using powders that don't fill the case up too high and when indexing going a bit slow as it stops it's foward advance kinda use you hand to aborb the shock.
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    No issues with mine spilling powder , but I don't fill the entire case. Unless I miss loading a primer , then I get a powder mess.
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    Quote Originally Posted by johnaengus View Post
    Just sent my first reloads down the range. Went very well after many hours toiling over the press setup.

    Is it normal to have powder getting all over the press? I seem to be messy. What is the best way to clean it up? I seem to make a mess when rotating the indexer.

    I'm using the Dillon 550b.
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    I use a Lee Classic Turret Press, and I don't see how it would be possible NOT to have at least a little powder spilled after a handloading session.

    I like to save it and put it in my coffee. Just kidding. I use compressed air to blow it off and to blow out the occasional grains that get into the threads of my reloading dies.

    Like Bmcgilvray said, let's hear about the load and how it shot.

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    I know this is an old thread, but I'm curious if the spilled powder issue got resolved. I've used my Dillon 550B for several years, and the only spill isue I've had came from no primer (my fault) being seated in the case.

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    Ya, I will call them for suggestions. I was having a problem with primers and they were a big help. I was 19th in line and waited about 10-15 minutes. Well worth it for their excellent service.

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