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.
3. Install measure hoppers. DO NOT
PLACE SHOT AND POWDER IN HOPPERS AT THIS TIME!
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
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
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
1. Place empty case into shell plate at
station #1, and wads into wad guide.
2. Move operating lever down to complete
3. Return operating lever to full up
position and remove loaded shell
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 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
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 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.
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
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.
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.
Powder and shot bushings have been manufactured with different outside
diameters, so that they cannot accidentally be interchanged causing extremely