Pacific DL-155 (APF) Shotshell
Setting up your 155
1. Mount the 155 of 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 die head casting. Do not fill
powder and shot hoppers at this time.
2. Remove bolt at base of measure casting and lift off
3. Turn measure casting assembly upside-down, remove
charge bar stop pin, and slide charge bar from casting. Install rubber
measure seals (packed separately) into recesses below powder and shot hoppers.
4. Install powder and shot bushings in charge bar as
shown. Slide the charge bar back into measure casting, making certain that
the charge bar is not in reversed position. (In the correct position, the
shot bushing will be beneath the shot hopper and powder bushing will be beneath
powder hopper.) Replace charge bar stop pin. IMPORTANT: DO NOT
ATTEMPT TO LOAD WITHOUT FIRST INSTALLING BUSHINGS. BE SURE THAT CHARGE BAR
IS NOT REVERSED.
5. Replace entire assembly onto the 155 and secure with
measured casting bolt. Slide charge bar to full-left position. Now
fill hoppers, with powder in left hopper and shot in the right hopper.
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 155 has been factory adjusted, but some slight adjustment
may be made necessary by variations in the components you are using.
If you have the APF (Automatic Primer Feed) model, fill the
primer tube with primers, using the Pacific Primer Tube Filler.
STATION 1 RESIZE ND DEPRIME
1. Insert empty shell case into die.
2. Lower operating handle to full stop. This
resizes and deprimes the case. Raise handle fully and shell will be
ejected from die.
(All reloading operations end on the positive stop that
occurs when the resize die touches the base casting. Therefore, adjustment
of this die affect adjustment of all other dies. When properly adjusted,
resize die should lightly touch base casting when operating lever is fully
STATION 2 PRIME
1. If you are loading with the 155 APF, transfer primer
to Primer Seating Pad by operating Primer Feed as shown. With standard
155, manually place primer base down in center of Primer Seating Pad.
2. Fit shell over primer seating punch.
3. Lower operating lever to full "down" position.
This seats new primer (primer seating pressure may be adjusted by loosening the
lock nut and turning the Primer Seating Punch to raise or lower it.)
STATION 3 DROP POWDER, SEAT
WAD, AND DROP SHOT
1. Place shell under wad guide and lower operating
2. While holding operating lever down, move charge bar
fully to right. This drops measured amount of powder into shell case.
Raise operating lever.
3. If you are using one-piece shot protect or wads
(such as Pacific Versalite wads) fit wad over powder/shot drop tube before
lowering handle. If using fiber wads, place directly in wad guide.
Seat wad by lowering the operating lever to full stop. Wad pressure may be
read while operating lever is fully lowered. (Wad pressure may be adjusted
by raising or lowering drop tube.)
4. Raise handle slightly and move charge bar fully to
left. This drops a 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 START CRIMP
1. Place shell in shell holder at station 4.
2. Lower operating lever to full stop. This
starts the crimp.
STATION 5 FINISH CRIMP AND
1. Slide shell into shell holder at station 5.
2. Lower handle to full stop. This completes the
crimp, while resizing and tapering the shell to proper dimensions. (NOTE:
Adjustment may be made by loosening the die body lock nut and threading the
entire die up or down to change the amount 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 finished shell.