I am not confused. I have been trying for three weeks off and on to get the powder regulated with the new .223 caliber conversion that I bought. It will not throw a consistent charge. I have been using the Dillon to load pistol cartridges for over a year and have never, repeat never had a problem with it. The minute I buy a NEW rifle kit, the problems started.
I had three toolheads so I don't remove the dies from them. The only exception is two weeks ago when I bought this NEW .223 kit, I removed the .45 ACP dies from it and put the .223 dies in their place. I adjusted everything and all dies are working correctly except the powder die. I went as far as going out last week and buying a NEW quick exchange kit to put the NEW caliber conversion kit in and no matter what I did, I still could not get a consistent throw.
It takes three hours when you have to take every powder charge you throw and weigh it individually. Each time I did, I would dump the powder back in the "hopper" and throw another one. I was trying to get 24.6 grains of Win 748, some times the thing would throw 24.6, then something like 25.2, 23.3, 24.2. 24.6, 25.1, and so on, never the same twice in a row.
I'm here to tell you that I stayed in my reloading building for close to 6 hours yesterday, with about half of it screwing around with this thing. I did manage to get a couple of hundred .380s loaded with the LEE press, during that time.
I took the set up apart at least twice to make sure everything was right, I even turned the powder funnel (the thing in the conversion kit that drops the powder) upside down and tried it that way and nothing changed. Therefore I have given up on .223 in the Dillon and from now on I will reload them on my LEE single stage that I have been using for 30+ years. It has never failed me!!
I truly find that reloading is very relaxing. Yesterday was a different story, I was ready to pull out what little hair I have. It was enough to make a preacher cuss!!
I was not happy with spending close to $150 and not being able to do what I wanted to do with the blue press. It wasn't a total loss since I now have another toolhead with powder measure so I can set up another caliber (PISTOL, that is).
LD, you know any body who wants a .223 conversion kit? I have one for sale.