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Old 03-06-2013, 06:59 PM   #1
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Default Best all around progressive press.

I want to see what people think is the best all around progressive press by cost, speed, quality, available dyes, etc.



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Old 03-06-2013, 10:00 PM   #2
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dillon xl650 without question



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I have had a dillon 650 since last June and love it.
About 4000 rds of 45 and 2000 rds of 9mm and no problems at all.
Don't cheap out, get the case feeder.
I can easily crank out 500 rds in an hour, on a real good day 7-800.

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How about the dillon square deal b?

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How about the dillon square deal b?
The problem with the SDB is that there is no future growth with that device. It works great, but you have to use special Dillon dies. If you want a Lee factory crimp die, (which is one of the better crimping systems out there), you can't use it. It doesn't fit in a SDB.

The best progressive press is a Dillon RL550. It does every caliber known to man, can be run as a single stage press when you need it and accepts industry standard dies.

It was my first press and it was the best.

PS: I do now have a XL650 and love it.
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Dillon XL650. Doesn't even have any competition.

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I have had a Dillon 450 for 35+ years. It's the 550 now. I have made the upgrades to the 550 except for the tool head which is nice. I keep about a thousand of each caliber (many) on hand and this model suits me fine. I do not need to do 500 an hour since 5.56 and a Thompson are not in the stable. The Dillon dies are great and I use RCBS as well. The Dillon folks are great to deal with if and when you need them.

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I have had a Dillon 450 for 35+ years. It's the 550 now. I have made the upgrades to the 550 except for the tool head which is nice. I keep about a thousand of each caliber (many) on hand and this model suits me fine. I do not need to do 500 an hour since 5.56 and a Thompson are not in the stable. The Dillon dies are great and I use RCBS as well. The Dillon folks are great to deal with if and when you need them.
I have a 450 ungraded as well.

I gave my XL650 to my son a couple of year ago. Since I don't shoot nearly as much as I used to. I can get by with the much slower 450/550 and he can utilize the full benefit of the 650.

I can still turn out 1500 rounds in an evening.


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