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Lubing the Dillon RL550C???

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  1. RangerDoc275

    RangerDoc275 New Member

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    So I've owned a Dillon RL550B for many years. Here in TX I was able to dedicate an entire room to reloading (rather than the garage space I had in Washington). So I added a second RL550 to the new room. This one came from Dillon as the RL550C. For years, I've maintained my 550B by annually disassembling it to clean and lubricate it and I just used basic 'gun' grease or a tube of assembly grease (the black stuff).

    The new RL550C has built in grease fittings, but alas, I have zero experience with grease guns and these fittings. So I'm hoping some of y'all do and own RL550Cs. Dillon's FAQs don't call out specifics about the 550C.

    1. What is a good quality grease gun and what fittings do I need? I can see there are holes and nipples (is that the right term?) on the 550C. Obviously I need something that goes into the holes and something that attaches to the nipples. (Did I really just type that?) Amazon has way too many choices for someone with zero experience.

    2. What grease should I use for said grease gun? I'm assuming that with the new set up I can forgo the annual disassembly because I can grease it directly now.

    3. How does one put grease into the "holes" on the 550C and not have it just squirt right back out of the hole? Seems there would be some sort of fitting for these too.

    4. Anything else about grease, grease guns, fittings, or the sort you'd like to share will be appreciated.

    Thanks in advance.
     


  2. TheMailMan

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    Get a mini grease gun at Home Despot or Lowe's. The grease that comes with it is fine. That will fit the Zerks.

    For the holes make sure you're not supposed to put oil in them. If it is grease just use a needle attachment for the grease gun.

    How to find out if it's oil or grease in the holes? RTFM or call Dillon.
     
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    Lots of videos on the YouTube’s about this....
     
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    avvidclif Sturgis '95, RFTW 2010

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  7. Deavis

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    Lincoln heavy duty gun with flexible whip. Mobil 1 grease, XHP works like a champ. Nipples are called grease fittings or more commonly, zerks Make sure you get on the fitting tightly (screw up or down on the whip fitting to I crease or decrease tension), align parallel to the fitting, then pump. If grease comes out around the fitting interface instead of the joint you aren't on enough or straight enough.

    YouTube has a ton of videos on the subject of greasing things.
     
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  8. RangerDoc275

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    Thanks Deavis. This is what I’m looking for. A specific model and recommendation for the actual grease and fittings so I know what to buy.

    Other comments above just show some folks can be ass-hats just because they want to be. I know WHAT a grease gun is, which is precisely why I asked what gun and fittings to get. Just because I have never used one doesn’t call for insults. I’m sure there are a ton of things I’ve used that no one here has but I’d be happy to share my knowledge.

    Care to discuss the pros and cons of a salpingo-oophorectomy?

    Nowhere in the Dillon videos does it say what gun or grease or fitting to use. The only specific call out is for 30 weight motor oil.

    Here is the ENTIRETY of the lubrication section of the RL550C owners manual...

    “Use 30 weight motor oil on the main shaft and bearing grease on the pivot pins. Do not use spray type penetrating lube such as WD-40 or Break Free as you run the risk of contaminating powder and primers.”

    I’ve read the manual and watched YT videos. But not knowing where to start just leaves too much to chance. Thus my reliance on folks that do know.
     
  9. Deavis

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    I really like the 1134 model and I throw on these tips, Alemite 308730-A, they grip better and have lower tendency to "leak" grease o tough to reach fittings.
     
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  10. RangerDoc275

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    Thanks.

    The 1134 is what I ordered along with the LockNLube coupler. I really appreciate the valuable advice.
     


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