So… Been tinkering with Dillon 650XL last couple of evenings. Thought I’d share a few learnings and I am guessing a few of you will contribute to this post as a living Dillon 650 wiki sort of…
Dillon spanner - definitely useful. I did not get one, I bought a variable spanner today which is pretty small to fit on the busy toolhead.
Emptying powder hopper after use is a c*nt. entire toolhead needs to be taken out, tipped and shaken and what not. Not a fan. I will print me one of this (when I get around to it):
Since I am using powder check system, I am a station short and need to seat and crimp in one step. Read the manual and set-up DAA (Double Alpha)( 2-in-1 seat and crimp die, nice. Works well. Following the instructions helped. Feel dirty now.
Everything works well so far.
Took apart DAA bullet dropper die, why? Because I can’t help myself and need to see how it works. Anyway, ballbearings went everywhere. Not a big deal, but had to read the manual (again) to know which holes BBs need to go into (varies based on calibre).
Setting up powder thrower, always a prick. I started by using knob that came with kit (more on that later), I took it off, I figured it’s very easy to nudge and you only set it rarely. Better safe than wasting time readjusting. Knobs I found to be useless, for me anyway, but a very nice touch to include them with the kit.
Setting up powder check system was pretty easy, watch this video, it’s great:
After market roller bearing
Smoothed things out a bit.
Hit Factor Ultimate Bearing Kit For Dillon Xl 650
Knobs, meh, described above
Thumb (set) screws also came with the kit, I did not like them, using standard hex bolts. Could be your thing, but not my thing.
Using Camming Pin Bearing surprisingly made a big difference.
…then added new spring, bearing and bearing washer. Again, smoother things out quite a bit. I went pretty fast when I was testing stuff and wanted to see if there’s any powder spillage - went very smooth with zero spillage.
Tonight, will finish hopper adjustments and try to load a hundred or so rounds.
After setting everything up, there is no way in hell I am changing this, this is how they draw you in, damn it! So I’ll be getting another couple of things to make calibre conversions easier. That said, just from loading dummy rounds and doing dry runs, I can see how I can achieve in 20 minutes what used to take me at least a couple of hours.
That’s it for now.
thanks @1Fatman for doing heaps of research on this I just reaped the fruits of your labour.