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Old 04-05-2013, 08:00 PM   #11
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The dies interchange with no problem.

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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?
No - Your dies should work.
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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.
I started on a 550 30 years ago. Its probably the best manual progressive press every made. It supports a gazillion different calibers (Both Pistol & rifle) and since its a manual progressive press, its much easier to operate ie: you can run it as a single stage press if you wish. If you want High volume reloading, the 550 can do it with the optional case feeder, but the downside is case feeding is only for pistol cartridges. For high volume rifle cartridge reloading, you have to have a 650. Now costs are different. If you reload a wide range of pistol cartridges, stay with the 550, why, "caliber conversions for the 550 is 1/2 as much as they are for the 650. Same goes for rifle cartridges.

I guess you say (and I have never said this b4), the 550 is the Chevy of the reloading presses. The 650 is the Cadillac, while the 1050 is Mercedes.
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The 650 is much faster. As said, it's a bit more expensive.

If you load a lot of ammo, the 650 is the way to go.

I owned a 650 for 15 years. I gave it to my son a couple of years ago, because he needs the speed, and I've reached an age where I don't shoot as much as I did in years past.

But it was fairly easy to load 2,000 rounds in a single long evening on the 650.

For most shooters, I think the 550 is more than adequate.

Of course, if money is no object, by all means get a "Super 1050."

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Love love love my 550 upgraded from their square b deal and never looked back twenty years for me. Got all the major players for pistol still doin thing single stage thing for rifle. Thinking of goin with extra powder hopper for a few calibers. Rock solid press great company to deal with. With everything prepped and In place easily 5-600 an hour no problem just keep looking at primers and powder. And marvel at what you can make. Save more money, reload more bullets, buy more supplies.

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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.
ECPunk, I have a 650 I'm thinking of selling with all the goodies. Send me a PM with a phone number... I'm in West Warwick.
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I was going to buy Brian's kit http://www.brianenos.com/pages/dillon.html last fall. He also has a discussion on the advantages and disadvantages of the 550/650. SWMBO gave me the choice of the Dillon or the AR. I choose the rifle.

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ECPunk, I have a 650 I'm thinking of selling with all the goodies. Send me a PM with a phone number... I'm in West Warwick.
PM sent, I am in NK
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I was going to buy Brian's kit http://www.brianenos.com/pages/dillon.html last fall. He also has a discussion on the advantages and disadvantages of the 550/650. SWMBO gave me the choice of the Dillon or the AR. I choose the rifle.
I will check out the link, thank you
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I started on a 550 30 years ago. Its probably the best manual progressive press every made. It supports a gazillion different calibers (Both Pistol & rifle) and since its a manual progressive press, its much easier to operate ie: you can run it as a single stage press if you wish. If you want High volume reloading, the 550 can do it with the optional case feeder, but the downside is case feeding is only for pistol cartridges. For high volume rifle cartridge reloading, you have to have a 650. Now costs are different. If you reload a wide range of pistol cartridges, stay with the 550, why, "caliber conversions for the 550 is 1/2 as much as they are for the 650. Same goes for rifle cartridges.

I guess you say (and I have never said this b4), the 550 is the Chevy of the reloading presses. The 650 is the Cadillac, while the 1050 is Mercedes.
I have a lot to learn about relaoding, and with that said, what do the caliper conversions include?
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