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  1. Ripsaw

    Dillon 750?

    I've been loading on 4 Square Deal presses (one for each most-used caliber) for years. Finally, the lure of a case feeder for .38 spl which with CAS has become a much larger volume requirement. Never owned a 550 or 650. Almost a year in, I love my xl 750. Primer system is same as my Square Deal presses, so I'm happy with that. The case feeder rocks.
  2. Are you referring to the primer pick up tubes? those are easily replaceable. I was referring to the red (or is it blue?) ends on the primer feed tube in the press. That's where the brass ends fit. I got one each for the small and large primer feed tubes.
  3. I put the Unique Tek roller mod ("ultimate bearing kit") on my xl 750 and if it's the same thing on the 650, it reduces shake of the shell plate as it indexes and the consequential spillage of powder. It cut down the loose powder on my shell plate by about 80%. I also got the primer feed tube brass ends (replaces the plastic Dillon ends) and they have been flawless.
  4. My bead is centered in the open area between the "horns." The diagram on the right.
  5. There are chemical suppliers who specialize in fireworks that sell the necessary components for black powder (and other stuff). Skylighter.com is one such place.
  6. I can't believe there is even any discussion about this on a Cowboy forum. The answer seems self evident.
  7. The problem is as much the short grain in the stock at that point. In other words, the grain angle is diagonal across the stock rather than parallel with the stock. Short grain is fragile by comparison to long grain (parallel to the stock). There could also be a crack in the wood from the mfg or milling process. May be tough to fix that, but reinforcing the stock with dowel stock is not a bad idea. Inletting and relieving the stock involves removing stock so that the recoil forces are resisted by a solid facing on the stock, in a direction parallel to the stock. I'm not sure that's possible when the grain is running off like it is at the stock's wrist. I'd give the reinforcing a try, but be prepared to replace the stock. If it were Ruger or other reputable mfg, you might get some relief from them, but it's a Stoeger. Que Sera Sera.
  8. Short grain on the stock there, too. Wood's gonna be wood.
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