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Old 10-30-2013, 04:07 AM   #11
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Switching calibers on my 550 Dillon takes all of 3 minutes. Less if the next caliber uses the same shell plate then it only takes about 3 seconds. Dillon replaced a part for free, that I lost and I told them I lost the part. I have reloading stuff from Lee, RCBS, Redding, Lyman and Hornady but I like my Dillon stuff the best.
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My old Dillion 450 has loaded thousands of round going back to the early 1980s. Dillion has up-graded and replaced parts with just a phone call for over 30 years. You will like their monthly informative "Blue Press" catalog.
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I have the hornady progressive press and I'm very happy with it. I'm sure dillon makes a nice press but I see no reason to spend more when I'm happy with what I have.
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I have the hornady progressive press and I'm very happy with it. I'm sure dillon makes a nice press but I see no reason to spend more when I'm happy with what I have.

You're only happy because you haven't used a Dillon yet.
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Not everyone has the money to have dillon equipment. I have always had lee and while not top of the it does the job easily and the rounds always go bang. Personally there is too much going on at one time on a progressive, I would not use anything more than a good turret press to give each round the attention they deserve but thats just my opinion.
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My only problem with Dillon is it seems like a pain, and expensive, to switch calibers.
It can be expensive if you get a powder measure for each caliber. I've got three measures one for each type of powder charge. Pistol, rifle, magnum type rifle. Caliber change takes me about 5 minutes including adjusting powder throw. Those removeable qd die holders are sweeeeeeeet.

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Not everyone has the money to have dillon equipment. I have always had lee and while not top of the it does the job easily and the rounds always go bang. Personally there is too much going on at one time on a progressive, I would not use anything more than a good turret press to give each round the attention they deserve but thats just my opinion.
Just look on ebay gunbroker local paper craigs list etc for a beat to hell one. Buddy of mine got one in a local garage sale rusted and non functional. He asked me if he should get it I said if you don't I will!! He sent it to dillon and for less than the cost of a new lee loader he got back a rebuilt 650 looked like new.
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If you are not mechanical and lack multi-task abilities that is a wise decision. The progressive loaders like the Dillon are better suited for the more advanced reloaders.
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Using RCBS's. Looking at adding a Redding. Anything wrong with Redding ?
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I have used a Dillon RL 450 since 1984. I have broken a couple of things over the years and Dillon has ALWAYS happily replaced at NO COST to me. I venture to say I have loaded close to a 1/4 MILLION rounds on mine.

I use dies from Dillon, Lee, RCBS and Lyman w/o any issues.

You can save some money on the caliber conversions if you use "off label" parts. I use the .223 shell plate and 9mm Luger powder funnell for .380. The 7.62 X 39 or .38 Spl shell plate works for .40 S&W/10mm. The .308 powder funnel works with pretty much any .30 caliber rifle (including 7.62 X39). I use the .45 ACP seater die on .40/10mm and the included seat/crimp die to taper crimp both .40 and 10mm. And of course the .45 shell plate also works for all .308/.30-06 family of rifle cartridges. I have 7 cartridge conversions and load 13 different calibers using them
I am buying equipment to reload. I bought a rcbs turret press and rcbs dies. I need to get shell plates. I will be loading 308, 223, 380 auto 38 special, 9mm and 50 cal smith and wesson. My question is: Are any of those calibers interchangable with the same shell plates?
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