Pacific DL-105 Shotshell
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
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
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
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
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
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.