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Before attempting to follow the instructions on loading procedure, some preloading preparations must be made.

1.  Mount your DL-360 loader securely to a sturdy bench.  When mounting be sure the loader is mounted so that the handle may be pushed all the way down to the stops without hitting on bench.  Mount loader so you will have at least 16 to 18 inches of clear bench space on each side of loader.

2.  Sort cases as to brand and type (high base, low base, etc.).  Cases should also be checked for defects such as base wad burned or blown out, split shell head, thin mouths and holes burned through outside.  Defective cases should be discarded or destroyed.  Place a supply of these sorted cases (approximately 100) in a shallow container to the left of the loader.


4.  Place proper size primers into auto primer feed tube and install on loader.

5.  Determine proper wad column from charts, reloading manual or other source, and placed proper wads in dispenser on the right-hand side of loader.

6.  Make sure the desired charge bushings are in the charge bar.  The location of components as stated is proper  for both left and right handed operators and is necessary for fast, efficient reloading.


1.  With left hand place empty case into station #1 of shell plate.  Move operating lever to full down position against stops.  This operation decaps case and drops primer.  NOTE:  If head resizing is desired, case may be first place into resize die.  This die is located outside shell plate on left side.  (Station #1A).  If case is run through this die, do not forget to place good shell in station #1.

2.  With left hand rotate shell plate so that primed case stops at station #2.  Place proper type of powder in front hopper at this time.  Place empty case in station #1 and repeat step 1.  Case at station #2 will be primed and charged with powder. 

3.  Rotate shell plate so that primed and charged case is moved to station #3.  With left index finger press down on wad guide bracket.  With right hand place proper wads into wad guide.  Repeat operation #1.

4.  Rotate shell plate so that case with primer, powder and wads is at station #4.  Put proper size shot into rear hopper at this time.  Repeat previous operations of placing empty case and wads into their respective places.  Move operating lever to its full stroke, both down and up.

5.  Rotate shell plate so that case with primer, powder, wads and shot is in station #5.  Place empty case and wads in their respective places and move operating lever to full down and up positions. 

6.  Rotate shell plate so that case with primers, powder, wads, shot and started crimp is in station #6.  Repeat previous operations of placing empty case and wads, and operating lever.

7.  With left hand grasp shell form station #6, rotate shell plate with it and remove from shell plate.  Loader is not in sequence, and ready to load on a production level.

Now that sequence is set up, proceed as follows:

1.  Place empty case into shell plate at station #1, and wads into wad guide.

2.  Move operating lever down to complete stop.

3.  Return operating lever to full up position and remove loaded shell

NOTE:  When finished reloading you may leave 5 shells in shell plate so that set up procedure need not be repeated.


All loaders are factory adjusted for the load indicated by the charge bushings supplied with them.  Do not attempt any adjusting until you are positive that adjustment is needed.

WAD PRESSURE:  Wad pressure is shown by indicator and scale on the right-hand side of moveable platen.    Reading is taken with case, with proper wads in place, in station #3 and lever in full down position.  Adjustment is made by loosening lock nut on wad ram and threading wad ram up to decrease or down to increase wad pressure.  When correct reading is indicated, retighten lock nut.

AUTOMATIC PRIMER FEED:  The automatic primer feed is adjusted for correct feeding y loosening lock screw and moving automatic primer feed body assembly up or down until proper feeding is accomplished.  When correct adjustment has been determined, retighten lock screw.  Failure or automatic primer feed to operate correctly can be caused by sizing or crimping dies being adjusted too low.

PRIMER SEATING:  Primer seating depth has been factory adjusted and normally will require no more attention.  Should adjustment be required, loosen primer lever lock nut while holding primer lever rod with screwdriver in slot in top.  To increase seating depth, thread primer lever adjusting nut up, thread down to decrease seating depth.  Make sure that handle is brought completely to stop when checking this adjustment.  Failure to bring operating lever to full down position or crimp or sizing die being adjusted too low to allow complete handle movement will cause partially seated primers which can lock the shell plate.  Primers that have not been completely seated can often be seated by applying firm thumb pressure to primer lever in back of loader.  This should free shell plate to turn.

CRIMP ADJUSTMENT:  Crimping on the DL-360 is accomplished in two stages to provide perfect crimping of all types of cases.  Two crimp starting dies are included with the loader.  For plastic cases the 6 or 8 segment crimp starting die (number of segments is dependent upon gauge) should be used.  For paper cases the crimp starting die without the inside crimp starting points is used.  Properly adjusted crimp starting die will form the case equally on all sides and provide closure to within 3/16".  Adjustment is accomplished by loosening crimp starter lock nut and treading crimp starter up or down in crimp starter holder.  Retighten lock nut when proper crimp starter adjustment has been achieved.

The final crimp die on the DL-360 is factory adjusted and should provide satisfactory crimp on all types of cases.  Should adjustment of crimp depth be desired, loosen lock nut on crimp plunger and thread crimp plunger up to decrease or down to increase crimp depth.  Retighten crimp plunger lock nut when correct adjustment has been reached.  To change amount of taper lock, loosen bushing lock nut and thread entire die up or down as required.  (Do not adjust to full contact with shell plate as this can affect adjustment of other dies.)  Tighten bushing lock nut when correct adjustment has been determined.

Tip-Top Measure: The all new Pacific DL-360 loader has been equipped with the exclusive Tip-Top measure to insure ease and speed in emptying shot and powder from hoppers.  To empty shot and powder hoppers, remove cap from hopper containing shot, release hopper latch and tip complete measure casting forward pouring shot into container.  When all shot has been poured out of hopper, repeat process on powder.  Care must be taken when emptying shot to prevent weight of powder form forcing lid off its hopper and spilling.

CHANGING CHARGE BUSHINGS:  The Tip-Top measure is also utilized when changing charge bushings.  To change charge bushing the tip-top measure is tipped forward.  It is not necessary to have the hoppers empty, but care must be taken to prevent weight of shot and powder from forcing lids off hoppers causing spilling of components.  Charge bar shot screw is removed from charge bar and charge bar extracted until shot bushing is exposed.  Remove shot bushing and continue to extract bar until powder bushing is exposed.  Remove powder bushing and replace with bushing of desired load.  Return bar partially into loader and insert shot bushing for desired load.  Continue inserting bar until original position has been reached and replace charge bar stop screw.  Return Tip-Top measure to upright position.

NOTE:  Powder and shot bushings have been manufactured with different outside diameters, so that they cannot accidentally be interchanged causing extremely dangerous conditions.


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