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    Bimmer:
    First, full sympathy in sharing Munich's revenge.
    As regards lube under the primer shuttle, I'd be almighty careful about doing that; oil does have a habit of migrating. I used to put powdered graphite under the shuttle, but now I keep it bone dry with the new shuttle plating.
    As regards oiling the ram, after a long loading run, I wipe it down thoro'ly, and then lay a bead of oil around the ram, and let it settle thru' the mechanism. The next day, I'll oil those holes on the crank.
    Wish I had a nickle for every round thru' mine.
    Moon

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    Quote Originally Posted by halfmoonclip View Post
    First, full sympathy in sharing Munich's revenge.
    You mean BMWs? My '74 2002tii was a delight. I miss it...


    Quote Originally Posted by halfmoonclip View Post
    As regards lube under the primer shuttle, I'd be almighty careful about doing that; oil does have a habit of migrating.
    Yeah, but I don't see how it would get from under the slider to the cup where primers ride.

    Also, primers are NOT that sensitive to exposure to oil...

    After tens of thousands of rounds, I've never had a dud primer. Never.

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    Bimmer, the first BMW I ever drove was a '70 2002, while I was at Ft. Ord. Salesman took us for a ride in the mountains, doing four wheel drifts while he talked. Wish I'd bought that one, but a 3-series sportwagon still graces my garage; love the thing. It hauls people, stuff, and ass.
    As regards primers and oil contamination, in the dim mists of time when I learned to reload, we were cautioned to not even touch primers, and I'm still uncommon careful about it. Maybe I'm too cautious; mine go from the container to a primer flipper to the pickup tube, without human contact. Those new, coated, primer shuttles (and charge bars) do run smoothly.
    Moon

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    Quote Originally Posted by halfmoonclip View Post
    Bimmer, the first BMW I ever drove was a '70 2002... Wish I'd bought that one, but a 3-series sportwagon still graces my garage; love the thing.
    I drove a rental E36 wagon over here once, and it was fabulous.

    Lately, though, BMW doesn't make anything that gets me excited... My garage is full of Japanese cars.



    Quote Originally Posted by halfmoonclip View Post
    Those new, coated, primer shuttles (and charge bars) do run smoothly.
    My RL550B is from 1996 or so, so I don't think mine are coated!

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    My 550 is about the same era, thinking 1995 or so. For BMW, I have a 2010 335d. The Dillon has proven to be less expensive to maintain than the 335d... :-(

    Customer service from Dillon has been superior too, if you can imagine that...

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    I still have my 550b VHS tape for setup/instruction. Not sure what year I got it... early 90s I think.
    "You people have too much time on your hands." - scottryan

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    I have had great customer service from both, but then both are still in warranty....
    IIRC, the more recent, silver, coating dates from this century; older parts were either bare alloy, or some sort of dark (teflon?) coating.
    The coatings, and perhaps tolerances, have changed over time.
    For perspective, my 550 dates from the mid-eighties, and was really beta-testing. The crank had some kind of circlip retainers rather than nuts, and of course the powder bar was returned with springs.
    The Dillon has liberated me to do a whole bunch of handgun shooting.
    Moon

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    Quote Originally Posted by DesertFox View Post
    My 550 is about the same era, thinking 1995 or so. For BMW, I have a 2010 335d. The Dillon has proven to be less expensive to maintain than the 335d... :-(
    That's one of the things that soured me on BMWs... My father had a 2001 330i convertible, and it was a beautiful car, but the constant maintenance issues once it was out of warranty really did make it stand for "Bring Money With." I'm a handy DIY, but these were problems that only a dealer or specialist could fix.



    Quote Originally Posted by markm View Post
    I still have my 550b VHS tape for setup/instruction...
    Yeah, I remember those, though I didn't buy one...



    Quote Originally Posted by halfmoonclip View Post
    ... of course the powder bar was returned with springs.
    Mine, too.

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