Originally Posted by razorback
Hello: I am new to this forum. Just started back reloading after 26 yrs. I picked one heck of a time to start back. Had a RCBS rock chucker back then, got a new one to replace it. I have had a time finding powder, primers, brass, and lead. Finally got everything together, ( only took 2 months ).
I would also like to get a progressive press. I have looked at the RCBS Pro 2000. But, the more I go on line and read, the more I come across the Dillion
550 and 650. It would be used to reload 38sp, 40, and 223. It is not about saving money, it gives me something to do.
Question: will the RCBS dies work with the dillion.
I would like to hear about the pros and cons of either press.
Thanks in advance for any help you could give me.
First welcome to the forum, razor! Prices a LITTLE higher than they were 26yr. ago HUH??
For me- I have a 35yr,+ RockChucker and a Dillon RL550.Like them both for their own use. Yes, you can use RCBS dies with the Dillon, but it is a small pain in the a@@. The first stage on my 550,decaps,re sizes,primes on the up-stroke-rotate the case, the next station bells out the case+drops measured powder, from the powder measure into the case, the next station you install+seat bullet to adjusted length, the next station crimps the loaded round. Dillon dies are set up to operate in this order/system. Dillon dies(Pistol) are all carbide sizers, have more of a "Belled" base, for easier progressive loadings, take apart to clean without losing adjustments, and are basically the best dies for their press.
When I can $ wise, I replace my RCBS,Lee,Lyman etc dies with Dillon-They just work better for handgun loads IMO
PS Go to the Intro section to let everyone know you're new here=They'll welcome you!!