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

1.  Mount your DL-250 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, frayed or thin mouths, and holes burned through outside.  Defective cases should be discarded or destroyed.  Place a supply of these sorted cases in a shallow container to the left of loader.

3.  Place proper size primers on bench to the left of loader.

4.  Determine proper wad column from charts, reloading manual, or other sources, and place proper wads in dispenser on the right hand side of loader.

5.  Make sure the desired charge bushings are in the charge bar.

6.  With the charge bar pushed all the way to the rear, place the proper powder in the rear hopper, place proper size shot in front hopper.


1.  Place shell to be loaded into resizing-decapping die and move operating lever down until it hits stop.  This deprimes and full length resizes the case.  Return operating handle to full up position.  This removes shell from resizing die.

2.  With operating lever in neutral up position place proper size primer, base down into hole provided in wad guide base.

3.  Place resized case into wad guide body and move operating handle to full up position.  It is advisable to hold case with thumb to back of wad guide when seating primer.  Check first few cases to make sure base is not being concaved.  Adjust if necessary.

4.  Pull charge bar know towards you until it hits stop.  This operation drops proper amount of powder into case.  Place proper wad column into wad guide cap and seat wads all at one time by moving operating handle down until it hits stop.

5.  Return charge bar by pushing in knob until it hits stop, this drops proper amount of shot.  Return operating handle to up position, and remove case from wad guide body and place into shell holder.

6.  Move operating handle down until it hits stop.  This operating forms a perfect crimp.  Return operating handle to up position and remove the finished shell.

7.  If taper-loc is desired, place shell into Taper-Loc Die and move operating handle down until it hits stop.  This forms a perfect taper-loc on shell.


The DL-250 loader incorporates bushing inserts located in the charge bar.  This eliminates the necessity of buying a different charge bar when a new load is desired.  Bushings are available in a popular load.


1.  Remove charge bar know (9-W14) and charge bar stop screw (250-36).

2.  Release hopper latch (350-85) and tip hoppers forward.  Care must be exercised to prevent the weight of the shot in the measure hoppers (300-41) from forcing the cap from the hopper.

3.  Pull bar out and measure exposing bushings.

4.  Remove bushings and replace with the charge bushings of your choice.  Replace the charge bar stop screw, tilt hoppers back to upright position and replace charge bar knob.


IMPORTANT:  Always place operating lever in full down position against stops before making any adjustments to your loader; except when adjusting for primer seating depth.  Be sure lever is in full up position.

1.  ADJUSTMENT OF SIZING DIE:  Sizing die is factory adjusted and needs no further adjustment.  If the sizing die should come out of adjustment, proceed as follows:  Move operating handle (250-38) to full down position until it hits stop.  Loosen locking nut (250-12) on size die (250-11).  Adjust size die down until it hits base of movable platen (250-2).  Tighten lock nut. 

2.  ADJUSTMENT PRIMER SEATING DEPTH:  Be sure primer post (250-15) is not concaving head of shell.  Primer post can be readily adjusted to seat primer flush with head of case by either raising or lowering primer post, which ever is needed.  Caution must be taken so not to exert pressure on head of case.

3.  ADJUSTMENT OF WAD PRESSURE:  You will not that the wad pressure is calibrated from 30 to 100 pounds on the back of the wad guide body (250-23).  Before reading can be taken, the operating handle (250-38) must be in down position against stops and shell with proper wad column in wad guide body.  Any adjustments are made by threading drop tube (250-19) down to increase, or up to decrease pressure.  This can be easily done by using a dime in the slot provided in drop tube.

NOTE:  The drop tube is free floating-self centering, do not attempt to over tighten.

4.  ADJUSTMENT OF CRIMP DIE:  This adjustment will vary with the brand and condition of the case being used and when adjusted properly, will produce a perfect, uniform crimp.  To increase depth of crimp, loosen lock nut (250-12) and screw bushing (250-26) down to increase checking depth of crimp after each adjustment.

5.  OPTIONAL: ADJUSTMENT TO TAPER-LOC DIE:  Place shell with conventional crimp into taper-loc die.  Rotate operating handle down to complete stop.  Remove shell and note amount of taper on crimp.  Any adjustment can be made by screwing the die up or down in the accessory bracket.  Tighten lock nut.

NOTE:  To increase the amount of taper, you must also increase the depth of crimp.


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