FFB Small Primer Swage Rod for the Dillon 1050 V2


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We make our Swage Rods for the Dillon Super 1050 from D-2 tool steel, then through harden, not case harden, the entire rod.  This creates a swage rod that is long lasting, and is less prone to breakage than the factory rod.

Unlike version 1 of our rod, this rod has a shorter tip, which does not require modification to achieve an entrance radius on the primer pocket.

Our swage rod, when properly adjusted, will lock up the press if a primer fails to eject, or if a primer “ringer” is present.  This is a safety measure that prevents primer detonation by trying to insert a primer when the primer pocket is not clear.

Our large swage rod will also lock up the press if a small primer .45 ACP case is missed during sorting.

Proper Swage Rod Adjustment

With the swage rod and swage rod backer removed, insert a case into the swaging station.  Move the tool head (ram) to the lowest position, as if a swage was occurring. Screw in the backer rod die until it is snug against the shell plate.  Next, screw in the swage rod backer until it contacts the case and then use the most finger pressure you can muster to get that swage rod backer tight.  Once you can no longer tighten the swage rod backer by hand, use a wrench and turn the swage rod backer 1/12 (1/2 a flat on the hex of the swage rod) of a turn.  This will properly pre-load the stack of the case and shell plate to ensure the case is in the same position every time.

From there, decap the above case, and insert the case back into the swaging station.  On the swage rod, screw the rod end all the way into the rod and install the rod into the 1050.  Again, bring the ram to the lowest position for the swage to occur.  Screw by hand, the swage rod upwards until it contacts the case by hand feel.  Raise the ram and screw the swage rod further upwards (only 1/8 to 1/4 turn at a time!) towards the case (expand the rod).  Swage a case and check. Repeat until swage desired is achieved.

Warning:  The swage rod adjustment is very fine.  The 1050 swage cam will exert enough pressure to bend a tool steel swage rod.  Bent swage rods are not covered under warranty, as this is user neglect/abuse.