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PREPARATION FOR LOADING

Your DL-300 Loader if factory adjusted to load any regular 2 3/4: shell case that was originally supplied with star crimp.  To load cases that were supplied with roll type crimp, special equipment is necessary.

1.  First, mount your DL-300 securely on a sturdy bench.  When mounting loader be sure operating lever can be moved all the way down against stops.

2.  Sort cases as to brand, place about 100 empty cases in shallow pan and place on left side of loader.

3.  Place proper size of primers on bench on left side of loader as shown in photos.

4.  Place proper wads in wad dispenser and place on right side of loader.

5.  Check to make sure desired charge bar (300-31) is installed in loader.

6.  Install measure hoppers (300-41) in position as shown with measure baffles (1-300-47) in place on top of measure casting (300-9).

IMPORTANT: DO NOT place powder and shot in hoppers at this time.

STOP:  Before proceeding read the following instructions.  (Several times if necessary).  Be sure you understand the function of this type of loader.  It is best to be alone the first time loader sequence is set up, and until you have loaded at least 100 shells.  When you are finished loading leave 5 shells in shell plate so set-up procedure need not be repeated.

CAUTION:  Before reloading shells that you have picked up, remember, they may have been discarded after several firings.  Each shell should be carefully examined both inside and out.  Any shells found defective should be discarded or destroyed.

A.  Any shell having two piece base wad construction, in which one of the pieces has burned through or blown out.

B.  Split shell head.

C.  Thin mouths.

D.  Charred area in paper body along the body seam or at the top of the brass head.

E.  A loose body, one that has started to pull out of the brass head.

F.  Swelled head.

SET-UP PROCEDURE

Every movement of operating lever must come to a complete stop.  Once lever is moved you must follow through to avoid double charging.  A case that has been over charged will be very obvious, as it will not accommodate a double charge of shot.

A.  With left hand, place empty case into shell plate (300-45) station #1.

IMPORTANT:  If there is any resistance to putting case into shell plate, set case aside at this time.

- Move operating lever (300-40) all the way down against stops.

- This operation decaps shell in station #1.

B.  With left hand, place primer of proper size n primer post (300-15).

- Move operating lever (300-40) all the way back against stops and release.

- This operation reprimes empty case.

IMPORTANT:  Proper size primers must be used or base of case will be concaved causing misfire.

C.  With left hand, rotate shell plate (300-45) so empty primed case will stop at station #2.

- Place proper type of powder into front hopper.  (A full powder hopper will load over 100 target loads).  REPEAT INSTRUCTIONS A AND B IN STATION #1.

- This operation decaps and reprimes in station #1.  Charges powder into case in station #2.  With left hand, rotate shell plate so case with primer and powder is in station #3.

D.  With left index finger, hold down on wad guide bracket (300-25).  With right hand, place proper wads into wad guide (300-21-M).  (Both wads are seated at one time.)

- REPEAT INSTRUCTIONS A AND B

- This operation decaps and reprimes case in station #1.  Drops powder into case in station #2.  Seats wads into case in station #3.

E.  With left hand, rotate shell plate so case with primer, powder, and wads is in station #4.

- Place proper size shot into back hopper. (A full hopper of shot will load 100 target loads 1 1/8 oz.)

- REPEAT INSTRUCTION A, B, AND D

- This operation decaps and reprimes case in station #1.  Drops powder into case in station #2.  Seats wads into case in station #3.  Drops shot into case in station #4.

F.  With left hand, rotate shell plate so case with primer, powder, wads, and shot is in station #5.

- REPEAT INSTRUCTION A, B, AND D

- This operation decaps and reprimes case in station #1.  Drops powder into case in station #2.  Seats wads into case in station #3.  Drops shot into case in station #4.  Crimps case in station #5.

G.  With left hand, rotate shell plate so case with primer, powder, wads, shot, and crimp is in station #6.

- REPEAT INSTRUCTION A, B, AND D

- This operation decaps and reprimes case in station #1.  Drops powder into case in station #2.  Seats wads into case in station #3.  Drops shot into case in station #4.  Crimps case in station #5.  Sizes and taper-locs case in station #6.

TO REMOVE LOADED SHELL

- With left hand, grasp shell in station #6 near the brass and remove from loader (this automatically rotates shell plate.)

IMPORTANT

- Do not tip loaded shell while removing from loader as this will cause base to drag and make removal difficult.

NOW THAT SEQUENCE IS SET UP PROCEED AS FOLLOWS

1.  Place empty case into shell plate and wads into wad guide.

2.  Move operating lever down to complete stop.  Place primer into primer cup.

3.  Move operating lever up to complete stop and remove loaded shell.

All loaders are factory adjusted to accept a case in reasonable condition that will chamber most guns.  In the case of guns with very tight headspace, the shell plate (300-45) can be adjusted by tightening shell plate bolt (300-46) so only a perfect case will be accepted.

REMOVING EXCESSIVE HEADSPACE FROM CASE

This operation should generally be used when loading shells with low inside base wad.  To operate properly in loader, case must go into shell plate (300-45) without any drag.  All shells that fit snug should be placed into station #1-A for pre-sizing.  This operation is performed automatically when regular sequence of operation is made.

IMPORTANT:  If station #1-A is used be sure to place a good case in station #1.

ADJUSTMENT PROCEDURE

- All loaders are factory adjusted.  Do not attempt adjusting until you are positive adjustment is needed.

WAD PRESSURE

- You will note that wad pressure is calibrated from 30 to 100 lbs. on shaft under movable platen at station #3.  Before reading can be taken, operating lever (300-40) must be in down position against stops and loader in regular sequence of operation.  Adjustment is made by loosening lock nut on part (300-33) and screwing down to increase, up to decrease pressure (1/16" equals 10 lbs.) tighten lock nut.

PRIMER POST ADJUSTMENT

- Be sure primer post is not concaving head of shell.  Primer post can easily be adjusted to seat primer flush only, and not exert pressure on base of case.

CRIMP ADJUSTMENT

- TO adjust crimp depth, loosen bushing lock nut (300-27) and screw bushing (300-26) down to increase crimp, up to decrease.  Tighten lock nut (300-27).

TAPER-LOC ADJUSTMENT

- TO adjust taper-loc taper, loosen bushing lock nut (300-12) and screw bushing (300-65) down to increase taper, up to decrease.  Remember:  The more taper that is used the deeper the crimp must be.  Tighten lock nut (300-12).

CRIMP STARTER DIE AND BRACKET INSTALLATION

(Used only when loading new unfired case)

- Remove complete die assembly from station #5 and #6.

- Place crimp plunger (300-66) (special small size) in crimping assembly.

- Reassemble crimp die and place in station #6.

- Attach crimp starter die bracket to bushing (300-65) with bolt provided.  Install crimp starter die in bracket and place assembly into station #5.

SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS

CAUTION:  Do not use any type of lubrication oil on the charge bar.  For proper operation it must be kept dry and free of oil.  Use only a small amount of light oil on roller bearings and a good grade of gun grease on cam and guide posts.  CHAMBERING PROBLEMS are usually caused from damp cases or excessive wadding or wad pressure.

Do not load damp cases as they will not resize properly and will not function in self-loading guns.  (Unprimed cases may be dried by placing in 180 degree oven for about 10 minutes.)

CAUTION:  Do not get shot mixed with powder as this will cause misfires.

To determine proper Wad Column, remember: When using desired Powder and shot Charge, with proper Wad Pressure, there should be 1/2 to 9/16" of space from top of Shot to mouth of Cause before crimping.

NOTE:  Changing powder, shot and charge bar.  Disconnect charge bar spring (300-37).  Remove top guide post bolts (300-48).  Lift off complete head assembly.

 

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