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Dillon 550 vs 650

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  1. steelfingers

    steelfingers Sharpshooter

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    Some of you have extensive background in reloading. I've decided to go with a Dillon, and even though I've been told a single stage is best for new loaders, I like these two. Plus I think I'd end up wanting a progressive.
    What are your thoughts please?
     
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    I am a lee guy, I have 7 Lee presses, 1 RockChucker and 7 MEC and 2 Lee loadalls for shotgun. I also have a Dillon SL450 and love it. It is far better made than anything I own except the rockchucker.
    IMHO the 550 is Dillons most universal press and for the money cannot be beat. I upgraded my 450 to a 550C with their kit and feel it is the best press I own. Hope that helps my friend..
     
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    Thanks. The 550C was the one I was leaning too. I'm shooting a lot of brass and want to start developing loads (and save money). Never know what's next in liberal rules on ammo and I'm about ready to set up my reloading shop bench in my storage building. Will have to run electricity and add conditioned air once I move most of the other yard equipment/ect. out to another small shed I'll build or buy.
     
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    I’m still relatively new to reloading, but I started with an RCBS turret press. Once I saw a 650 in action, I thought to myself, “This is crazy.”

    And bought a 650.
     
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    have a hornady LNL progressive press, it is great for mass productions. I cranked out 200 357 MAG rounds in about 25 minutes yesterday morning.
    But, for precision rifle rounds I do everything on a single stage press.
    I am going to reload .223 rounds on the progressive press this summer. Once it get loads figured out, I am going to load about 3000 rounds. I figure it will take me a few hours to make that many rounds.
    I would go with the 550 if you are going to be changing from one caliber to another very often.
    I just ordered a case feeder for my progressive press.
    Don't forget you will need a good case trimmer.
     
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    I will. 6.5 creedmoor, 5.56, 223, 45 and 9mm. Suggest the 550 for this gap? How about the difference between the 550 B and C? Pros and cons. I need the right one without the buyers regret thing.
     
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    That is a question for Dillon folks.
     
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    This is the kind of info I need.
    Price should always be an issue, but you get what you pay for. Not wanting an erector set but if it takes an engineering degree to operate, nope.
    Time, accuracy and product is the key. Think I'll do some more research on the 550C.
    Thanks. That was a big help.
     
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    I use Two Dillon 650 with the case feed
    One press set up for Small Primer and one for Large Primers.
    A separate Tool head with dies and power measurer for each different calibers. (I never adjust them)

    I use a old Lee three hole turret set up for single stage for Glock bulged brass (45-40-380)
    Small reloading jobs like 32 ACP & 25 ACP and Etc
     
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    What is an "automatic charger"
    I thought the only difference were the pivot pins, grease zerks, and mods to allow both.
    I don't see anything that the 550c offers to make me overlook a good deal on a used 550b.

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