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

1.  Mount your DL-260 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, 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 the 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 providing in wad pressure base.

3.  Place resized case into wad guide and move operating handle to full up position.  Check first few cases to make sure base is not being concaved.  Adjust primer post if necessary.

4.  Pull charge bar knob 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.

6.  (This step may be omitted when loading paper cases.)  When loading plastic cases the crimp must be started in the 3A position.  Place case into recess in platen, bring operating handle partially down, align button on side of crimp starter die between the folds of the original crimp and bring handle down until it hits stop.  Return handle to up position and place case into crimp die shell holder.

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

8.  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 the shell.


1.  CHANGING BUSHINGS:  Remove charge bar stop screw (250-36).  Release hopper latch (150-85) and tip hoppers forward.  Care must be exercised to prevent weight of shot in measure hopper from forcing the cap from the hopper.  Pull bar out of measure exposing bushings.  Remove bushings and replace with bushings of your choice.  Replace charge bar stop screw and tilt hoppers back up to upright position. 

2.  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.

3.  ADJUSTMENT OF 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 excessive pressure on head of case.

4.  ADJUSTMENT OF WAD PRESSURE:  You will note that the wad pressure is calibrated from 30 to 90 pounds on the scale on the front of the movable platen.  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 coin in the slot provided in drop tube.

5.  ADJUSTMENT OF CRIMP STARTER DIE:  Adjust crimp starter die by loosening lock nut and threading die up or down as needed.  Properly adjusted crimp die will form case equally on all sides and provide closure to within 3/16: before final crimping.

6.  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.

7.  OPTIONAL:  ADJUSTMENT OF 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 be 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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