Pacific DL-105

    The Pacific DL-105 is a single stage press that offers affordability and function at the same time.  It is the cheapest of the Pacific brands shotshell reloaders.  You can compare the Pacific DL-105 to the MEC 600 Jr. in today's standards.  My 105 does not resize the hull, and is not capable of doing so, but yours might be able to if it still has the carbide ring (picture in gallery).  The DL-105 makes the user manually feed the primer.  Although it lacks this features, the 105 is still something to be proud to own.  Even though it is simple, I have found that it works just as well, or even better than some of my other reloaders.  I like to resize my shells and prime them on my DL-155 next to it, then use the DL-105 to do the rest of the work.  It is a great reloader for a great price, and would be perfect for someone just getting started. 

    Since Pacific/Hornady no longer makes the Pacific line, it is hard to figure out a price.  I have seen the Pacific DL-105 run from anywhere around $20 to $50.50, depending on condition and gauge.  I personally traded mine off for about $14 to a friend.  It is a great piece to add to your reloading operation, and it won't take a bite out of your wallet either. 

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Pacific DL-105 Shotshell Reloading Instructions

 

Setting up your 105

1.  Mount the 105 on a sturdy bench at a comfortable working distance, allowing plenty of room on both sides of the reloader for components you will be loading and for finished shells.  Connect the return spring between the operating lever and the base casting.  Do not fill powder and shot hoppers at this time.

2.  Remove bolt at base of measuring cast and lift off entire assembly.

3.  Place measure casting assembly upside-down and slide charge bar from casting.  Insert powder and shot bushings into appropriate recesses in charge bar.

4.  Replace charge bar in measure casting, with charge bar to full-left position so that shot bushing is in center.  (The rib on the back side of the charge bar must fit into the matching groove in the measure casting.  This prevents accidentally reversing the charge bar.)  Now you may fill the hopper bottles with powder and shot, making certain that powder is in the left hopper and shot is in right hopper.

5.  Replace entire assembly onto the 105, being sure that charge bar remains in full-left position, and secure with measure casting bolt.  Caution:  If charge bar is reversed, tightening bolt may break the casting.

Loading the first shell

Sort empty cases as to brand and type.  Inspect cases and discard those with cracks, loose base wads, or any other defect.  You will find it is best to load only one brand and type of shell at a time, so that you may use the same combination of components and loader adjustments without interruption.

The 105 has been factory adjusted, but some slight adjustment may be made necessary by variations in the components you are using. 

STATION 1  DEPRIME AND RESIZE

1.  Insert empty shell case into die.

2.  Lower operating handle to full stop.  This deprimes and resizes the case.  Raise handle fully and shell will be ejected from die.

STATION 2  PRIME

1.  Place primer base down in hole of primer seating pad.  Fit shell over primer seating punch.

2.  Lower operating lever to full "down" position.  This seats new primer.  (Primer seating punch may need to be adjusted by loosening the lock nut and turning the punch to raise or lower it.)

STATION 3  POWDER DROP, WAD SEATING, AND SHOT DROP

1.  Place shell under wad guide and lower operating lever.  while holding lever down, move charge bar fully to right.  This drops measured amount of  powder into shell case. 

2.  If you are using one-piece shot protector wads (such as Versalite) fit wad over powder/shot drop tube before lowering handle.  If using fiber wads, place directly into wad guide.  (Wad guide spring fingers may become damaged with extended use.  To replace,  break out damaged spring finger and snap in new unit from bottom of wad guide.

3.  To seat wad, lower operating lever to full stop.  Read wad pressure indicator while operating lever is fully lowered.  Wad pressure is not critical for one-piece shot protector wads (10-50 lbs. recommended) and may be varied for best crimp.  (If adjustment is necessary, powder/shot drop tube may be turned in threads to raise or lower.)

4.  Raise handle slightly and move charge bar fully to left.  This drops measured amount of shot into shell case.  (Note: There should be about 1/2" to 9/16" between the shot and the mouth of the case for proper crimping.  If measurement is otherwise, you may be using the wrong combination of components.)

STATION 4  CRIMP STARTING

Place shell on station 4 and lower operating lever to full stop.  This starts the crimp.  (Adjustment of this die is critical in determining quality of the crimp.  If the crimp starter is not adjusted low enough, there will be a hole in the center of the crimp after final crimping.  If the die is too low, collapsed shell cases can result.  Only small amount of adjustment is needed too alter the crimp.)

STATION 5  FINISH CRIMP AND TAPER

1.  Slide shell under shell holder plate at station 5.

2.  Lower handle to full stop.  This completes the crimp, while resizing and tapering the shell to proper dimensions.  (Adjustment may be made by loosening the die body lock nut and threading the entire die up or down to change the degree of taper.  Crimp depth can be adjusted by loosening the lock nut on the crimp plunger and threading the crimp plunger up or down.)

3.  The shell is complete.

 

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