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Cleaning and maintenance on a Dillon 550B

Discussion in 'The Ammo & Reloading Forum' started by Insulation Tim, Jul 8, 2012.

  1. Insulation Tim

    Insulation Tim Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    I cannot find much in the owner's manual and surprisingly nothing on You Tube.


    I've never done any cleaning or maintenence to my 550B press. Where do I start and what is involved?

    Thanks,
  2. Bud0505

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    Tim,

    I've had my 550B for 25 years and my cleaning routine is to wipe down the primer slide and the area under the shell plate with alcohol when I change calibers and I lube the ram with 30 weight motor oil. My 550B does not have any grease zerts at the pivot points so occasionally I will use a drop of 30W on them. To clean the dies I use Hornady's One Shot gun cleaner and run a cleaning rod through them. That's the extent of my cleaning routine.
  3. gdmoody

    gdmoody Moderator Supporting Member

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    Yep, I do the 30 weight oil on the ram also and occasionally clean the primer slide area and put a bit of 30 weight on the "slide arm" (sides and bottom only). I also wipe the body down with a dry rag every once in a while. I have only had mine a couple of years.
  4. Insulation Tim

    Insulation Tim Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Thanks guys. As it is still around 100 degrees out side. a good basement project this evening.
  5. Gahunter12

    Gahunter12 Active Member

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    What gdmoody said. I have the grease fittings on mine, so I give them a hit every 2000 rnds. I wipe down my black primer tube, and ram handle with a lightly oiled rag so it won't rust.
  6. Kevin Rohrer

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    What do occassionaaly:

    1. 30w or Breakfree on the ram
    2. Clean the gunk off the primer slide and lube w/ graphite lube
    3. Clean the gunk out of the primer cup
    4. Take the shellplate off, clean, and lube the baseplate w/ Breakfree
    5. Use Breakfree on any bare or blued metal
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