Dillon 550B reloader

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by ECPunk, Apr 4, 2013.

  1. ECPunk

    ECPunk New Member

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    Hi Guys,


    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.
     
  2. Dan308

    Dan308 New Member

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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.
     

  3. nitestalker

    nitestalker New Member

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    My old 450 Dillion is running after 30 years also. Dillion has the best warranty of any company.:)
     
  4. 25-5

    25-5 New Member

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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.
     
  5. Vikingdad

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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.
     
  6. nitestalker

    nitestalker New Member

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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.;)
     
  7. Dan308

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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.
     
  8. locutus

    locutus Well-Known Member Supporter

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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.
     
  9. ECPunk

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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?
     
  10. ECPunk

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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.
     
  11. JWagner

    JWagner New Member

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    The dies interchange with no problem.
     
  12. anm2_man

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    No - Your dies should work.
     
  13. anm2_man

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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.
     
  14. locutus

    locutus Well-Known Member Supporter

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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,:D by all means get a "Super 1050.":D
     
  15. cotex

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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.
     
  16. DDrag50

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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.
     
  17. partdeux

    partdeux Well-Known Member

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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.
     
  18. ECPunk

    ECPunk New Member

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    PM sent, I am in NK
     
  19. ECPunk

    ECPunk New Member

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    I will check out the link, thank you
     
  20. ECPunk

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    I have a lot to learn about relaoding, and with that said, what do the caliper conversions include?