What progressive press do you use?

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by JW357, Jun 13, 2013.

  1. JW357

    JW357 New Member

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    Hey all,

    Thought I'd start a thread real quick about progressive presses. Hopefully some good info will get put up here for those interested in getting into reloading.

    - What do you use?
    - Have you had any trouble with it?
    - If so, how's the customer service?
    - Is it user friendly, including the initial setup?
    - If you could go back would you change to a different company?

    Personally, I have a Hornady Lock-n-Load progressive press.
    I've had a few minor parts break during routine use, but nothing serious. The customer service really shined. They always sent me exactly what I needed as a replacement, no questions asked, for free. It DOES have a lifetime warranty, after all.
    It is very user friendly. Changing out dies couldn't be easier. I had to work a bit to get it setup but that's mostly because I didn't know what I was doing. I followed their little setup DVD, and that certainly helped. I guess the hardest part about setup was calibrating the dies accurately.
    Sometimes I think I should maybe have gotten a Dillon, just because they seem flawless. I've watched a video or two on YouTube, where people use their Dillons, and they seem really smooth. But, no, I'm happy with my Hornady mostly.

    Thoughts?
     
  2. CrunchyFrog

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    I'll bite.

    I also have a Hornady LNL-AP.

    I only had a couple of little hitches. When I had questions, Hornady CS was very good.

    I didn't have much trouble setting it up. I followed the video instructions which were helpful.

    I eventually added a casefeeder. If I had to do it all over again I would have probably gone with the Dillon 650.

    I do think that caliber changeovers are easier and less expensive with the Hornady.
     

  3. Cshooter

    Cshooter New Member

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    I have a Hornady Pro-jector, which is the predecessor to the LNL. I bought it used for $100 with .38/.357 dies and plate. Also came with some brass, powder and bullets so I could get some practice. I like the press, but it has a couple issues. The ejector doesnt work, so I have to remove them by hand. Also every once in a while the primers dont feed. Not really a bid deal, just have to give the tube a shake and all is well. I have been considering upgrading to something newer that also has a case feeder, like the LNL or Dillon 650.
     
  4. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    DILLON!!! I bought my RL 450B in 1984. I have loaded literally hundreds of thousands of rounds on it. I have worn out some plastic ends of the primer dispensing tubes, broke a loaded ammo catch basin (temper got the best of me in unrelated issue), the powder tube came unglued from the aluminum base, the threads (Helicoil) in the priming system gave out.

    Dillon replaced each item quickly and with out cost to me. They have been stellar in their customer service.
     
  5. arizona98tj

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    - What do you use?
    Dillon 650

    - Have you had any trouble with it?
    Not a single problem.

    - If so, how's the customer service?
    I've been told by other Dillon customers that their CS is one of the best in the industry. Their no BS life time warrantee on their presses is awesome.

    - Is it user friendly, including the initial setup?
    I didn't have any setup issues. I had been loading on a single stage press for over 30 years when I bought my Dillon.

    - If you could go back would you change to a different company?
    No. I might go with multiple Dillon 550 presses vs a 650 with multiple conversions though.
     
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  6. nitestalker

    nitestalker New Member

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    No company today comes close to Dillion. Dillion is what most American manufactures were 75 years ago. Back in the day quality and customer service was important. Dillion is keeping the old traditions alive.:D
     
  7. JW357

    JW357 New Member

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    I've heard excellent things about Dillons. I'm still undecided if I'll add one or not. I might next year sometime. The problem is I don't know if I can justify having two presses to my wife. Might have to get rid of the Hornady...
     
  8. gunnut07

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    I have

    RL 550B for small batch stuff.

    2 SDB 1 9mm 1 40 smith

    and for my 223 plinking ammo I use a Super 1050.

    Not a single problem with any of them.

    Customer service is OUTSTANDING from Dillon.

    RL550 yes so easy a Liberal could set it up.

    SDB come set from the factory.

    1050 is Set up from the factory. All I needed to do was adjust the powder and bullet seating depth. I am thinking of adding a hydraulic or electric drive to the 1050.
     
  9. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    I also have an RCBS single stage, a MEC 650 Jr, a Lee Load-all in 20 ga, a Lyman 450 lubrisizer and a Magma Case Master. Different tools for diferent jobs. Can you do most everything with a pair of channel locks? Probably, but you still have a socket set and a hammer for specialized tasks.
     
  10. JoshH

    JoshH New Member

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    Father's Day was good to me!:)
     

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  11. locutus

    locutus Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Dillon all the way. Been using Dillon for 30 years. No complaints.
     
  12. POF308r

    POF308r New Member

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    I'm another Hornady L&L AP user. No problems to date. Easy to set up & use. Purchased from Dist. that sold Dillon, RCBS, Lee & Hornady. Price, availability & product quality were determining factors in my purchase. I use a variety of other Manuf. products but would buy Hornady again without reservation.
     
  13. Dan308

    Dan308 New Member

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    Dillon RL 450
     
  14. armsmaster270

    armsmaster270 New Member

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    Dillon 550B no problems no complaints 9mm, 38/357, 40, 44spl/mag, 45auto, 7.62x39.
     
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  15. Fred762

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    Dillon!

    Bought a RL550 when it first came out back in the '80s and used it for several years, then got out of reloading during and after a nasty divorce.

    Got the stuff out a few months ago(ammo prices too high) and got the system up and running with only a couple of glitches w the primer feeding system. Dillon support is amazing, plus the videos on YouTube help alot.
    I have mine set up so far with dies and separate tool heads for .38/.357, 9mm and .45ACP. Once set up, changing calibers is a snap: pop out 2 pins, slide out the tool head w dies and powder feed and slide IN the new tool head w dies and drop them 2 pins in and voila'!!

    I did spring for a new Dillon electric digital scale..beats the heck outta my old RCBS beam scales. Great for checking powder drops and weighing projectiles, etc. Well worth the $$ I say.
     
  16. shadecorp

    shadecorp Active Member Supporter

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    Years ago when shooting Trap & Skeet
    used a Ponsness-Warren.
    When loading for handgun, Dillon.
    No problems with either.

    SHH,
    Ordered a MEC "Super Sizer" ?
    in .410
    for my Son.
    He doesn't know it yet.
    SHHH.
     
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  17. anm2_man

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    Dillon here - 1989 - 2005 RL550B (.223, 357mag, 44mag, 10mm, 45acp). 2005 - 2013 - XL650 (.223, .308, 30-06, 9mm, .40 S&W, 44mag, 45acp).

    Would I go with a different MFG - Heavens NO !
     
  18. jebsca

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    Just got my LnL about two weeks ago. First progressive. Before this, I was (and still am) using a single stage. So far, I have it set up for 38 spl, 357 mag, and 9mm luger. The only problem I have had so far is it was missing the large primer shuttle when I opened the box. Contacted Hornady about this and they sent me one.