Pacific tool company

Infobox Company
name = Pacific Tool Company
type = Private
foundation = 1920's
location_city = Grand Island
location_country = United States
location =
locations =
key_people =
area_served = California, Nebraska
industry = Reloaders
products = Shotshell and Rifle Presses
services =
revenue =
operating_income =
net_income =
num_employees =
parent = Pacific Gun Sight Co.
divisions =
subsid =
slogan =
homepage =
dissolved = 1992
footnotes =
intl =
Pacific Tool Company was a major reloading company in the 1950s to 1990's. A lot of these reloaders show up on the market because they are built to last and are very dependable. Although these reloaders have not been manufactured since 1992, they are still highly sought after products.


The Pacific Tool Company started off as the Pacific Gunsight Company, which opened its doors in the early 1920’s at 353 Hays St, San Francisco, Calififornia. In 1953 they moved to 2901 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, Calif. Pacific was then sold to Henkle & Joyce Hardware of Lincoln NE. R.R. Deitemeyer had convinced H&J to buy the company and he invented the Deitemeyer shotshell loaders, hence the DL in model descriptions. The tool colors changed to blue with the move from California to P.O. Box 4495 Lincoln, Nebraska in 1960. While in Lincoln, Pacific tools were made by Bair Machine Company until there was a parting of the ways in 1969. This resulted in Bair offering the identical Pacific tools under the Bair label. In January of 1971 H&J sold Pacific Gunsight Co. dba Pacific Tool Company to J. W. Hornady. All tools were converted to red by December of that year. Starting in 1972 a new plant was constructed next to Hornady Mfg. Co. In Grand Island NE. By 1974 the plant was fully relocated, the address was changed to P.O. Drawer 2048, Ordnance Plant Rd., Grand Island, Nebraska. In 1992 the Pacific name was dropped as all Hornady companies (Pacific and Frontier) were merged into one corporation and Hornady began offering reloading tools under its own name. For more information about Pacific reloaders, visit

Generation One

Pacific DL-100

Produced in the 1950s, this Pacific reloader came into production while being produced under Deitemeyer Products Co. The DL included in every reloader's name stands for Deitemeyer Loader. The DL-100 is a single stage reloader in the shape of a half moon. The DL-100 can be equipped with a taper-loc die, crimp starting die, die sets for 12, 12 Mag, 20, 20 Mag, 16, 28, 40, 410, and an automatic primer feeder. The DL-100 does not use regular shot and powder bushings found on most Pacific reloaders, but charge bars similar to an MEC with both shot and powder holes pre-drilled into the bar with designated powder types and shot weight already assigned. For reloading instructions, visit

Pacific DL-200

The Pacific DL-200 was also another Pacific - Deitemeyer reloader. Deitemeyer reloaders can also be found to look like the DL-200 but in a bright red color. The DL-200 is a single stage reloader in a straight line press. The DL-200 can resize shells, and features separate shot and powder charge bars. For reloading instructions, visit

Pacific DL-300

Pacifics first progressive reloader, the DL-300 offers a faster reloading method. Instead of moving a single case throughout the different stages individually, the DL-300 lets the operator move all eight cases at once, performing the operations at the same time. The DL-300 is recognizable by the base casting with the four bolt holes sticking out from the reloader. For reloading instructions, visit

Generation Two

Pacific DL-110

The DL-110 has been designed for the hunter and novice reloader. Simplicity, ease of operation, safety and economy are built into this loader. The DL-110 was the base model for the second generation. The DL-110 does not resize the shell and is recognizable from its counterpart the DL-120 by the lack of a wad guide in the middle of the base casting. Generation two is the first to use powder and shot bushings. For reloading instructions, visit

Pacific DL-150

The Dl-150, although old, is still by today's standards a well built press. Recognizable by its blue paint, this reloader's design was later incorporated into the DL-155. The DL-150 features a resizing die, but no automatic primer feed. For reloading instructions, visit

Pacific DL-250

A straight line single stage press, the DL-250 was the forefather of the DL-260 and the DL-266. The straight line makes single stage reloading easier and faster for those who need more speed, but not as much as a progressive reloader. For reloading instructions, visit

Pacific DL-350

Built on the same base casting at the DL-250, the DL-350 was the next generation of progressive reloaders offered by Pacific. For reloading information visit

Pacific DL-500

Pacifics one and only hydraulic powered press. The DL-500 offered the easy of the progressive press with the automatic power of the hydraulic pump. The hydraulic pump was included with the reloader, and are a rare treat to find. For reloading information, visit

Third Generation

Pacific DL-120

The DL-120 has been designed for the hunter and novice reloader. Simplicity, ease of operation, safety and economy are built into this loader. The DL-120 is basically a modified DL-110 with an added wad guide post. Some models can be seen with an offset handle. For reloading information, visit

Pacific DL-260

The DL-260 is basically a modified DL-250 with an added wad guide post very similar to the one on the DL-120. For reloading information, visit

Pacific DL-360

The DL-360 is a basically a modified DL-350. You still must rotate the shell plate. The DL-360 can also be modified to accept a hydraulic unit to power the press. For reloading information, visit

Fourth Generation

Pacific DL-105

The final generation of reloaders, the DL-105 was designed for the cheaper hunter and novice reloader. It is a simple press, but still can turn out good looking shells. The press can resize the shells, but not very effectively. There is no primer feeder available for this reloader. For reloading information, visit

Pacific DL-155

A modified DL-150, this press can be seen in both blue and red. A very effective single stage press capable of producing very good looking shells. An automatic primer feeder (APF) can be added to the unit to increase productivity. For reloading information, visit

Pacific DL-266

The grand daddy of all single stage presses. This straight line give the user ease of use combined with high quality reloads. This press can also be seen in both blue and red colors. For reloading information, visit

Pacific DL-366

The final progressive press Pacific manufactured before Hornady took the name and made it its own reloader. This reloader can still be purchased from Hornady as the 366 Auto. This press can be seen in both blue and red colors and feature either a swing out wad guide or a stationary one depending on the year the reloader was manufactured. The current model features swing out wad guide, auto primer feed, auto indexing and ejection full resizing, and three stage crimp. For reloading information, visit


[ [ Unofficial Pacific Tool Company Website] ]

External links

* [ Official website]

Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Southern Pacific Transportation Company — Infobox rail railroad name=Southern Pacific Transportation Company logo filename=SP logo.png logo size=150 marks=SP locale=Arizona, California, Louisiana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas,Utah, Colorado, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri,… …   Wikipedia

  • Pacific Data Images — Type Subsidiary Industry CGI animation Motion pictures Founded 1980 Founder(s) Carl Rosendahl Headquarters Redwood City, California …   Wikipedia

  • Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company — (DPZ) is a Miami, Florida based architecture and town planning firm founded in 1980 by the husband and wife team of Andrés Duany and Elizabeth Plater Zyberk. It is one of the dominant firms specializing in new urbanist town planning in the United …   Wikipedia

  • Parker Manufacturing Company — Shear manufactured at the Parker plant. Parker Manufacturing Company was a machine shop during WWII, a manufacturer of machine tools, a manufacturer/distributor of metal kitchen cabinets and sinks, and an industrial landlord, in Santa Monica, CA …   Wikipedia

  • Emerson Electric Company — Emerson Electric Type Public (NYSE: EMR) S P 500 Component …   Wikipedia

  • Warner & Swasey Company — The Warner Swasey Company was an American manufacturer of high quality machine tools, instruments, and special machinery. Originally founded as a partnership in 1880 by Worcester Reed Warner (1846 1929) and Ambrose Swasey (1846 1937), the company …   Wikipedia

  • The Hoover Company — Infobox Company company name = Hoover company company type = Division genre = Home Care foundation = 1907 founder = James Murray Spangler location city = location country = location = Glenwillow, Ohio origins = key people = area served = industry …   Wikipedia

  • Hudepohl Brewing Company — was established in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1885 by founder Ludwig Hudepohl II. Hudepohl was the son of Bavarian immigrants and had worked in the surgical tool business before starting his brewery. Hudepohl Brewing Company became one of many… …   Wikipedia

  • Nielsen Company — Nielsen Holdings N.V. Type Public (NYSE: NLSN) Industry Media Founded …   Wikipedia

  • Nalco Holding Company — Type Public Industry Chemicals and water treatment Founded 1928 Headquarters Naperville, Illinois …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.