Originally Posted by tinbucket
The Hornady comes at a much more attractive price than the Dillon. It still requires bushings for each die in each set of dies?
The Dillon cost right at 700.00 wit one head and set of dies since Dillon only deals with the retailer now, or in other words sets the price.
The Dillon doesn't rally like other brands of dies I've heard. The Dillon is known for reliability though.
The Hornady frame is aluminum and that concerns me. I have Lee Progressive that I've attempted to use a few times. Jamming and the powder measure jamming even on ball powder and the frame is aluminum.
I know my old cast iron RCBS has some flex, in it when loading big cartridges like the .270 Wby Magnum etc and some straight cases if not enough lube.
Anyone offer experience with either or both of these presses and overall costs?
dillon no question is the king of progressive loading. not even a contest
i run all sorts of dies in my xl650. i havent found any dies that it has issues with. rcbs redding hornady lee all work so long as the dies are the standard 7/8"-14 threading
i progressively 458 winmag and it doesnt get too much larger i have loaded 338winmag on it in the past. not enough lube has nothing to do with the press or dies its just not enough lube. any set of dies will have issues regardless of loading device if the cases are not properly lubed.
dillon is warranteed for life and you wont need another press.
i also use a rcbs single stage for a lot of things. mine is a rock chucker and doesnt flex in the slightest. i use it for precision loading match ammo and small batches when i dont feel like converting the xl650 if i have the wrong setup in it for a small batch
the only thing i cannot do on the dillon xl650 is size/lube cast bullets