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Thread: Powder change in Dillon 550B

  1. #1
    Boolit Man
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Southeastern Kentucky

    Powder change in Dillon 550B

    I hope this is in the right spot. Having powder left in the measure after loading I have to take the measure off the machine/powder die to empty whats left. Has someone come up with a better way to empty the hopper. I won't leave powder in the hopper after I finish loading.

  2. #2
    Boolit Master

    Join Date
    Sep 2010
    Just pull the whole tool head off and empty it while it is still attached to the tool head. That should do the trick.
    Test stuff for yourself, and come up with your own answer.

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  3. #3

    Powder change in Dillon 550B

    Uniquetek makes a product for changing or removing powder from the Dillon Powder Measures:

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  4. #4
    Boolit Man
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Same as Love Life said. Pull the tool head off and dump. I will also move the poder bar back and forth a few times to get the last out. Only takes a few minutes.

  5. #5
    Boolit Master

    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Outback Queensland, North of the Tropic of Capricorn
    I keep an allen key next to the 550 that has a ball end on one end. It is easy to undo 2 allen screws holding the hopper on the top of the powder die and then empty it (after disconecting the failsafe rod). Many ways to skin a cat, although while it is still alive can be a little lively.

  6. #6
    Boolit Master
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Western North Dakota
    Mark the hopper with the propellant ID and stop fussing. Propellant will store in the measure as well as in the can if not in sunlight.

  7. #7
    Boolit Master
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    Join Date
    May 2006
    Nebraska's oldest city
    I just use a ball end Allen wrench to take off the measure and empty it. Takes a whole minute.
    I don't see the trouble.

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BP Bronze Point IMR Improved Military Rifle PTD Pointed
BR Bench Rest M Magnum RN Round Nose
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