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I have a dillon SL 900. It loads really well, but as I load by the time I'm about 50 rounds in, the screws on the primer cover start to tighten to the point of having to take a pair of plyers to get them off. I only finger tighten them to begin with. And then it gets in a bind, so that when the screws do come out, the whole thing snaps back into place. I start over and it happens again.

The first time it happened, I had just filled it with primers. So not thinking anything of it, I undid the screws. And the last screw....when I got it undone the whole thing snapped back into place and I was picking up a 100 primers with the magnectic wand...which is awesome!!!

I check them every now and then, and they are still finger snug. So when it happens, it does not have any warning. One hull it's snug, then next hull it's so tight I can't get them off.

Something is moving to get it in that much of a bind, but can't figure it out.

Any suggestions on what I'm doing wrong? (I've called Dillion, on hold for an hour and do not answer emails) so no joy that route.
(And a side question, does anyone make a "wing" nut to replace those flat black plastic hard screws that come with the machine?) Something just a little bit easier to get hold of?)
Thanks a bunch guys
Jennifer D
 

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Now I don't because they flew everywhere. I take them out first now. And the reason is....Because it stops priming the hull. They are no longer dropping through. Where you load 50 and then turn it around and let 50 more drop.... It gets so bound up that the flip stop that keeps them from going down to the end won't even fit it the slot.

The black slide that feeds the hole with the primer gets bound up and won't release.....
 

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The primer feed was the exact reason I finally got rid of mine. That and having to adjust add nauseum when changing hulls. Why the made the primer tray so when you lift the lid primers go everywhere is beyond me not to mention primers flying off during it cycling about every 8 or 9th shell. They could have made a flat lid and kept the sides on the primer tray. I've got other dillon products and their all top notch but I think they should have asked people who load a lot of shotshells so questions. I'll stick with my hydraulic mec.
 

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For what ever reason every once In awhile the lever I have circled will slip out of the slot it runs in. This is what moves the black bar you mention that drops the primer. You will have to force it back into the slot and you will be good to go. It does pop back in so be ready. If you look close in the picture you can see the marks where mine has slipped out a few times.
 

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For what ever reason every once In awhile the lever I have circled will slip out of the slot it runs in. This is what moves the black bar you mention that drops the primer. You will have to force it back into the slot and you will be good to go. It does pop back in so be ready. If you look close in the picture you can see the marks where mine has slipped out a few times.
that is exactly what mine is doing. Is there anything you did to fix it? Mine is doing quite often, it seems to be doing when I get down to the last 10 or so primers, but will have to remember to check to see if that is for sure when it occurs.
 

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Call dillon again and do the Call back so you don't have to sit on hold. They are busy and trying to help other also. Just did this yesterday and call was returned within 15 minutes.
 

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Something sounds as if there something missing or not assembled correctly, reach out to Dillon, they can be helpful. Bub
 

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Oh, and welcome to the forum. Lots of good advice from some great people, and alot of BSin and sarcasm comes with it though
 

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that is exactly what mine is doing. Is there anything you did to fix it? Mine is doing quite often, it seems to be doing when I get down to the last 10 or so primers, but will have to remember to check to see if that is for sure when it occurs.

I have not done anything to fix it. I’ve had my loader for roughly 20 years and it’s probably only happened a half dozen times.. maybe. Hasn’t done it in a long long time. Probably just jinxed myself but it’s really not that big a deal to me. Now, if it was doing it as much as yours, I would be giving Dillon a call.
 

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If I had to guess you had one primer on its side and hung up at the primer drop hole. At least that is the only time I have had that happen to mine.
 

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My Dillon pitches a fit with anything except Win 209 primers. You didn’t say which brand you use so I thought it might be worth mentioning.
Welcome to the board!
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I was being facetious I have had several Dillon products and call Dillon and they should be able to walk you through it and send you whatever you might need those first ones were buggers to keep going and they kept upgrading different parts for them
 

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Had this problem 20 years ago with mine.After several calls to Dillon,they finally let me speak to the sl900 "guru".Adjustment screw #17639 the loader base stops the primer drop tube.This in turn controls the travel of the primer feed bar on the primer tray.It must be adjusted so that the primer can be dead center over the drop tube,
 

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