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Old 08-04-2013, 11:42 PM
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Default Adjusting Dillon 600 Super Swager

How much swage should be done on a 5.56 LC case? I have no idea what I am looking for in a before and after of what it should look like. Right now, the swager is coming into contact with the primer pocket with about 1/4 stroke remaining. If feels snug, but I am not having to "lean on it", if you know what I mean.

The manual says to check with a primer, but mine are still in transit...

Does that sound about right to anyone who has spent some time on the Dillon 600? About 1/4 stroke and a snug feel?
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Old 08-05-2013, 7:07 AM
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I just bought one of these to swage 223 cases too.

You are on the right track. You don't need to press too hard on the lever. If you are, something is wrong.

Adjusting it seems to be more of an art than a science.
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Old 08-05-2013, 11:30 AM
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I do not sort my brass as to make. I adjust the swager deep and just swage by feel. It is easy to figure out when it is enough. Goses much faster that way.
You can take a magnifying glass and compare a un-swaged brass to what you are doing to see just how much pressure it will take.
You do not need to bottom the stroke to do the job or press hard to do it.
You are just trying to remove the lip/burr/edge that is the crimp.
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Old 08-05-2013, 6:53 PM
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Without a primer to pop in it's just a guessing game, I would be patient and wait. Unless you feel like re-swaging or ruining your brass.
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Use a spent primer. If it goes in easily, I'm gtg.
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You can use a spent primer as a guide. Follow the instructions that dillon provides to set up the correct depth. It doesn't take a whole lot of effort to remove the crimp. In fact, You will probably find that you can prime most of them as they are. Try priming a few with a spent primer and you will see what I mean. I have found with Lake City brass that only about 25% need to be swaged.
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Old 08-06-2013, 8:55 AM
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Thanks for the tips, guys-- great suggestions. I will try the spent primer trick.
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I just ordered 3k pieces of LC brass and a Dillion 600 S/S... So im glad someone posted this before me... haha
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Take a felt tip marker and blacken the unswaged opening of the primer pocket. Then you can see how much brass is being moved after swaging.
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