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I feel somewhat guilty everytime I glance at either my Dillon manual or their website and see that they think the darn thing should be cleaned once in awhile. I've started to have some snafus creep up (e.g., primers won't seat in primer cup), so I guess I better go buy some rubbing alcohol.

Any musings from others bleeding Dillon Blue?
 

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Early on, not much. I learned the hard way - bad ammo. Now, a bottle of rubbing alcohol and a handful of Q-Tips is used after each reloading session, usually 400-800 rounds. The cotter pins are pulled for the seating & crimping dies. You would not believe the amount of gunk up there! About every other session requires extra attention to the primer bar, first alcohol cleaning, then a very thin coat of lubricant - no lube on the cup, though, just alcohol clean.
 

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Only when it quits (not often), and only enough to get it running. I load about 50'000 rds a year with it, it's my only press.
 

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I give it a cursory cleaning whenever I change calibers (q-tip the primer cup, shellplate, swipe the crap out where the ram goes through the press body, clean primer arm). It probably adds 5 minutes to my caliber changeover.

Beyond that pretty much never except when it starts looking grubby or acting strange.
 

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Interesting comments. I'm ordering a 650XL next week - moving up from a RCBS Junior single stage which I've had for more than twenty(?) years. Other than wiping off the crud from spent primers and a very occasional light lube on the ram I don't think I've done anything to it. Dies are another thing.

Got to tell you I am looking forwar to the Dillion - it takes me a day to load up enough for a session at the range now.
 

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I'm loading on a 650 and always give it a cleaning when I change calibers. I also keep a vacuum cleaner with a micro nozzle by my bench and when I spill powder, (which seems to be everyday), I vacuum it up before it gets worked into the machine. My alcohol source is electric pre-shave lotion. It has enough alcohol in it to clean and it drys with a slight "oily" surface finish.
 

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I give it a quick cleaning every time I change calibers (about 300 - 500 rounds). I load lead bullets mostly, so I clean the seating and crimping inserts quite often, every 250 rounds or so. Keeping this gunk out allows me to get a +/- .002" OAL variation with lead bullets.
With jacketed bullets I clean less often, every 1000 rounds or so. I always watch for debris, powder and dust on the primer station and the rotating star and clean while reloading.

[This message has been edited by TiroFijo (edited 07-31-2001).]
 

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Have both a 550 abd a650..Clean them when they start to feel sluggish..Have no idea hoe many rounds they've run bu it's a BUNCH
 

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Every couple thousand of rounds or when I feel like it. I never allow it to get to the point where it's cruddy. The press always look Dillon blue
 

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I clean the primer feed every time I switch calibers, or every 500 - 1000 rounds. Otherwise, I leave it alone. Wait, I put some oil on the main shaft back when the First Onanist was just starting his run. (I think that was just a coincidence.)
 

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like never because i use a piece of c**p lee turret press to deprime everything, thus little dirt accumulates in or on the dillon - use the hornaday one shot lube to spray occasionally - loaded 500,000 rounds before rebuild in 1999, now about 40k rounds on rebuild
 

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Get a can of compressed air to blow off any debris before it gums up the works Shoot Safe
 

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I hose it down with Hornady One-Shot dry lube every thousand rounds and clean out the seating and crimp dies with a brush.
Other than that the 550B gets well cleaned during changover to another caliber twice a year after loading 10,000 rounds.
 

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I hose it down with Hornady One-Shot dry lube every thousand rounds and clean out the seating and crimp dies with a brush.
Other than that the 550B gets well cleaned during changover to another caliber twice a year after loading 10,000 rounds.
 

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Just a word of caution on cleaning the 550B.
I was cleaning up around my bench and floor with a vacuum cleaner when I carelessly passed the hose over the shell plate. The brass locator pins disappeared down the hose into an 8 gallon shop vac. Found them, but it sure wasn't a pleasant experience. From now on will use brush and compressed air like I always had before. Experience is a great teacher.

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