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Old 04-05-2013, 02:54 AM   #1
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I am new to the forum and new to reloading. I am looking to reload larger quantities and I am considering a progressive setup. I have some friends looking to help finance the setup as we will all have use of it.

Looking for suggestions for setups. Looking to spend up to $1000.

on gunbroker.com I am looking at a Dillion 550B

http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.aspx?Item=335590598

What do you guys think? Good deal and anyone with experience using these?

Thanks in advance.

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I've had a Dillon 450B for 30 years. It's still going strong. The 550 is a great machine and should last you forever. Tool heads and dies you will need to get for each caliber you plan to load. The real problem will be getting components to reload.

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My old 450 Dillion is running after 30 years also. Dillion has the best warranty of any company.

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And I thought I was the only one with a 450. I think it's closer to 40 yrs. I did some upgrades, no tool head like the 550. I will never want or need to replace it.

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The 550 is an excellent machine. I also have a 650, also an excellent machine. As stated, components are hard to come by these days.

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I bought my 450 Dillion around 1978 I think? Yes I have up dated the press a few times. The 450 does not have the modern up grades of the newer Dillions. But these machines are like owning classic cars.

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I think I bought mine in 1980 and paid about $70 for it. It doesn't have the mods like the new models. I use it like a single stage sometimes and progressive when I really get into it.

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I've had my old 450 for over 30 years. It's been upgraded with auto priming and powder drop. Still going strong.

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I've had a Dillon 450B for 30 years. It's still going strong. The 550 is a great machine and should last you forever. Tool heads and dies you will need to get for each caliber you plan to load. The real problem will be getting components to reload.
Thanks for the advice. I have a single stage lee press, will my .223 dies work with the dillon or will I have to purhcase Dillon dies?
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The 550 is an excellent machine. I also have a 650, also an excellent machine. As stated, components are hard to come by these days.
Which press do you like better, the 550 or 650? What are the pros and cons to each? I will look on the dillon site myself, but look forward to your input.
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