Anyone with a Dillon 1050 knows the the index pawl is the weak point on the machine. If a primer doesn’t fully exit the case during the decapping process, as the shell plate turns, the primer tries to jam between the press frame and the shell case. If you’re moving along at a good pace, when this jam occurs, it will damage the index pawl, putting the press out of commission until a replacement is purchased and installed.
- Our pawl is made from pre-hardened 4140 steel, precision ground flat. Pre-hardened steel is hard through and through, not case hardened.
- Dillon’s pawl has the pivot hole too close to the edge. Our Heavy Duty pawl has the hole in the same spot, but we added more material to the inside of the pawl to strengthen the hole. There is no more hole elongation or tear through in the event of a jam.