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Old 05-13-2014, 07:50 PM   #11
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I use tetra gun grease over oil. It doesnt migrate to the work surface which can cause primer or powder contamination. I tear my 650 down once or twice a year for a good cleaning and lube.

Im not saying you cant or shouldnt use oil. Dillon recommends grease
I started using grease way, way back and switched to the oil on the suggestion of who the hell knows. Never came close to any contamination problem since I am aware of the possibility. But, your point is well taken.
When I am greasing the M1A or M1 I may add a dab to the 450.
Dillon told me about the penetrating oil trick. It was one of those "why didn't I think of that" moments. I am not familiar with the 650 but it might decrease the take downs.
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Get yourself some good reloading manuals if you do not have them already. And, there are some good Youtube videos on setting up and running the 550 press. The press will come with minimal documentation, which leaves out a couple important details. Those details can be found in the videos.

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The reference to the manuals reminded me of the legendary reloading bible. Time to start yours. It is not handy on the computer. It is handy in a 3" D ring binder on the reloading bench. Separations by info and caliber. Start with downloading and printing the 550 manual. It's a big binder but you will fill it with your own data. Use the plastic sheet protectors and it will stay kinda kleen.
In Dillon's manual you will see a caliber conversion chart. It lists all shell plates etc. Refer to it before you buy all of the parts. For instance: .45 ACP, .243, .308, and 30-06, all use the same shell plate and locator pin.

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Okay thanks, never would have thought they'd use the same stuff but I guess that something I'll have to look into thanks

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Okay thanks, never would have thought they'd use the same stuff but I guess that something I'll have to look into thanks
the bases of the brass are the same. .38 & .357, .44 & .44 mag same thing.
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Brian Enos sells complete starter kits.
http://brianenos.com/


I went straight to the 650 and love it.

If you get the 550 or the 650, get the shellplate kit... it's worth every single penny you pay for it
http://hitfactorshooting.com/

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Just my two cents....I have been loading on a 550B for about 5-6 years now...over 25,000 rounds through it and never had a single problem. This past weekend I loaded 250 9mm and 1500 .45acp. I was cleaning my unit when I noticed a crack in the "crank"...the piece that the handle attaches to...I took photos and even a short 20 second video. I called Dillon and told them what I found. Before I could even tell them that I could send them photos the CSR told me that there would be a new "Crank" in the mail on Monday! They preach a "no BS" guarantee and that's what you get! This was the first time I had ever called about a problem and I was on the phone less than 5 minutes! As far as Customer Service is concerned...Dillon is 100%. As far as the quality of the machine...Dillon is 100%.
I agree with others here that you'll want to get multiple tool heads...one for each caliber you plan to reload and that yes the initial investment is there but the outcome is top notch! I've got tool heads set up for .223, 9mm, .45 acp and .40 S&W. Hope this helps.

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Love my Dillon.
Some years ago I loaded a Bunch of pistol cartridges in .45acp, .45ar and .44spc.
Never had a problem
And I used the Lyman pistol book .
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How much and how often do you shoot? A progressive loader is a fine addition to any reloader but do you use enough ammo to warrant the expense? Reloading, in my opinion is a part of the shooting experience and if you buy a machine to do it, unless you need vast quantities......you are missing that experience. But if money is no object, you can buy what you want. I reload with a Lyman turret press. In a couple of hours I can reload a few hundred rounds. If I shot a few thousand rounds a week.........well.....maybe.

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I don't get to shoot as much as I want to, but when I do I shoot A LOT. Easily 100-??? depending on what I'm shooting. My m1 carbine and .45 tend to be shot the most simply because I have a lot of ammo for them currently. Now that nice weathers here I'll probably be shooting more often than before. I prefer 90 degrees and sunny to the negative teens and two feet of snow and ice 👍

Until the past two months or so consistent availability has been a problem around here. One problem I hope to solve for myself.

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