Question about the Dillon 550


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Mr. Chitlin
December 6, 2008, 08:21 PM
A friend is wanting to sell his 550. I own a 650 for my high volume handgun ammo and 1050 set up for 223, but have never seen or used a 550. I have about 8 toolheads set up for the 650. Do the powder measures interchange between the 550 and 650?? He says that he has a 550 that is about 6 months old, and complete toolheads for 45 ACP, 40SW, 38 Spec and 9mm. He's wanting $400 for the whole setup.

What I have in mind is selling the handgun caliber stuff and setting the 550 up for rifle (243, 25/06, 308, 30/06, 30/30 and 45/70) plus the low volume handgun calibers (44 Mag, 41 mag and 480 Ruger). I already have the dies for these, so I assume I'd just need the shellplate and the expander for the powder die, plus enough toolheads for the dies. I would swap the powder measures around between the toolheads.

Am I on course or is there something I am missing?? I think I'll go look at it tonight.

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highlander 5
December 6, 2008, 08:52 PM
It's been awhile since I owned a 550 but IIRC yes the powder measures are the same.

Chief-7700
December 6, 2008, 08:57 PM
Buy it...........
Chief

jjohnson
December 8, 2008, 09:02 AM
I can't answer the question about powder measures - but I know the very helpful technical staff at Dillon could give you a definitive answer with a single toll free call.

The price is pretty good - if you look at www.dillonprecision.com, you can add up the retail value of what you're looking at - and you will see it's a very good buy.

Oh by the way - Dillon has lifetime warranty (and they DO mean it) so I wouldn't hesitate for a moment at buying some Dillon equipment 'used.'

I've been using the 550B press for ten years or so - and put at least 50k rounds of reloads through it. The only thing I wanted to buy extra is the "strong mount," which was worth every penny.

Mr. Chitlin
December 8, 2008, 10:53 AM
So much for a good deal...

I looked at it, and the "complete toolheads" were empty toolheads with the caliber conversion kits only. Basically the press, 3 empty toolheads and 3 caliber conversions, no dies.

Oh well, I probably didn't need it anyway.

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