Pacific DL-120

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The DL-120 has been designed for the hunter and novice reloader.  Simplicity, ease of operation, safety and economy are built into this loader.  By carefully reading and following these operational instructions you can produce quality reloads on your first attempt.

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

1.  Mount your DL-120 on a sturdy bench.  If possible in a place where you will have 16 to 18 inches of clear bench space on either side of loader.

2.  Sort cases as to brand and type and inspect for defects such as burned base wad, split shell heads, thin mouths and holes burned through outside of case.  Cases showing such defects should be discarded or destroyed. 

3.  Place supply of these sorted cases in shallow container to the left of loader.  Place proper size primers to the left of loader between loader and empty cases.

4.  Determine correct wad column from chart and place proper wads in dispenser at the left of loader.

5.  Make sure that the correct charge bushings for the load and powder type desired are in the loader.

6.  Make sure that the charge bar operating lever is fully to the left and place proper powder into the left hand hopper and the desired shot into right hand hopper and replace hopper caps.


1.  DEPRIME - Take empty fired case in left hand, start mouth of case over deprime punch and move operating lever to full down position to deprime case.

2.  REPRIME - Place proper size primer (determined from enclosed chart) into priming cup.  With case in left hand start mouth of deprimed case over primer seating punch and bring operating handle to full down position to reprime case.

3.  POWDER - With left hand place primed case in wad guide, bring operating lever down far enough to allow drop tube to open fingers in wad guide.  Move charge bar operating lever all the way to the right to drop correctly metered charge of powder into case.  Return operating handle to full up position

4.  WADS AND WAD SEATING - With left hand place correct wad column into wad guide.  Move operating lever to full down position to seat wads to correct depth and pressure.  (See adjustment procedure instructions for adjustment and reading of wad pressure indicator.)

5.  SHOT - With case still in wad guide and handle still in the full down position, move charge bar operating lever all the way to the left to drop correctly metered charge of shot into case.

NOTE - There should be from 1/2 to 9/16 inch between shot and mouth of case if correct wad column and pressure have been used.

6.  CRIMP - The DL-120 uses two stage crimping to provide the best crimp possible.  The crimp is started in this position.  With left hand place case with new primer, powder, wads and shot in place in recess in base casting.  Bring operating handle to full down position.  This begins the crimping operation.

NOTE - See adjustment procedure instructions for correct adjustment of #1 crimp die if adjustment should prove necessary.

7.  CRIMP - The final crimp and sizing of the paper or plastic portion of the case is down in this operation.  With left hand, place case with started crimp in shell holder and bring operating handle to full down position.

8.  FINISHED SHELL - You should now have an excellent reload ready to fire in any type of shotgun.


The Pacific DL-120 has been designed so that a minimum of adjustments are necessary.  There are only three adjustments that may need to be made.

WAD PRESSURE:  Adjustment of the wad pressure ram is made by the use of a coin in the slot in the bottom of the ram.  Ram is threaded up to decrease or down to increase wad pressure.  Wad pressure Indicator is located on the front of the base casting.  With case with wads inserted and operating handle in full down position, pressure is read at point of indicator.  This scale is marked in 10 lb. divisions from 0 to 90 lbs. pressure.

WAD GUIDE:  The wad guide bracket is adjusted at the factory and should need little or no adjustment except when changing gauges.  To adjust, loosen thumb screw in rear of wad guide bracket and adjust up or down as necessary to allow the wad fingers to enter case approximately 1/4".  Check carefully so that wad guide is centered below wad pressure ram and retighten thumb screw (finger tight only!)

#1 CRIMP DIE:  The #1 Crimp Die is factory adjusted and should need no further adjustment unless changing gauges or from paper to plastic or plastic to paper.  Adjustment of this die will determine the quality of the crimp you receive.  If #1 Crimp Die is adjusted too low, the case will be crushed and wrinkled just above the brass portion of the case.  If the die is adjusted too high, the crimp will be too deep and the case will not be completely closed in the center.  To adjust, loosen lock nut and thread die up or down to correct depth and retighten lock nut.  NOTE:  When loading plastic cases, align small button on side of 8 point crimp die between the points on the plastic case where previous crimp had been made.  This will greatly improve the appearance and quality of the crimp obtained on these cases.

CHANGING CHARGE BUSHINGS:  The DL-120, like all Pacific manually operated shotshell loaders uses removable shot and powder bushings.  The shot and powder bushings are of different outside diameter to prevent accidental interchange.

TO CHANGE BUSHINGS:  Changing bushings is best accomplished when the hopper are empty.  (To empty hoppers, loosen loader from bench, remove cap from shot hopper and pour shot into container, repeat operation for powder and replace loader on bench.)  Remove stop pin from rear of charge bar and charge bar operating lever from front of charge bar.  Rotate charge car while holding hand under the rear of charge bar.  Shot bushing will drop out into your hand.  Replace shot bushing with one for load desired and continue to rotate bar until powder bushing drops out.  Replace this bushing with one for load desired and continue to rotate bar until stop pin and charge bar operating handle can be replaced.  Place proper powder in left hand hopper and desired shot in right hand hopper and you are ready to begin loading.  CAUTION:  Use bushing only with the powder it is marked for.


The DL-120 die sets are available in all popular gauges.  To convert your loader to another gauge you need only to obtain the correct die set and bushings for the proper load.

To remove present die set from loader, begin with the deprime punch.  Loosen lock nut and thread die down until it is removed from die head.  Repeat operation on primer seating punch.  Remove powder drop tube, with coin in slot in bottom of tube, by threading down until it is threaded clear of the die head.  Remove #1 crimp die by loosening lock nut and threading it down until it is clear of the die head.  Remove final crimp die by loosening 3/8 x 16  jam nut on top of die head.  Remove wad guide by threading wad guide cap off wad guide body.  Remove shell holder by removing nut on bottom of base and lifting shell holder up.  Install die set of different gauge by reversing the above procedure.



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