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Dillon 650 on 223 & 308 loads

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by loadedround, Aug 5, 2010.

  1. loadedround

    loadedround Senior Member

    Feb 18, 2006
    Valley Forge, Pa
    I am planning on buying a Dillon 650 within the next week and I've asked several questions here so far with excellent feed back. Now I have one more to ask to satisfy my curiosity. How many load 223 and 308 brass on a 650? I presently load these cartridges on my Dillon 550 after I resize and deprime all my cases on a single station press. After tumble cleaning, start on station 1 to prime only and then load them like pistol rounds. I eliminated resizing and depriming on the Dillon, prefering not to tumble large quantities of loaded ammo to remove the lube. Now I want to load them on my soon to be purchased 650. Any help, suggestions, snide comments, or donations? :)
  2. Rollis R. Karvellis

    Rollis R. Karvellis Active Member

    Feb 16, 2007
    S.E. OHIO
    It will do a great job with .223 and .308, just do your trimming before sizing. With new, or range pickup I size first then trim. After that it do the prep work first.
  3. MarcusT

    MarcusT New Member

    Mar 7, 2010
    Oviedo, Fl
    My process for loading 223 on my 650 is to tumble then lube throw them in the casefeeder on the first toolhead I resize deprime station 1 and then trim with the dillon trimmer in station 4. After tumbling again to remove lube I use a second toolhead to load like pistol minus the sizing die. I can trim and resize probably 1k an hour if not more I have never timed it. I don't chamfer or debur the cases when using boattail bullets and have never had a problem but there is alot of contriversy on if you should or not so you'll have to decide what works best for you.
  4. BigBob3006

    BigBob3006 New Member

    Jan 25, 2005
    I have a suggestion you might wish to consider. Like you, I didn't want to resize with the Dillon. I ended with a convoluted way of doing it but it actually worked quite well.

    I always used a universal decapping die to knock out the old primer. Then I'd clean the primer pockets and run the cases through the case tumbler. Then to resizing. Dillon sells a power case trimmer that mounts on a die. This die is a full length sizing die. Once adjusted every time you sized the case, it was also trimmed to the length you wish. This becomes important if you crimp your cases with a roll over crimp. Before I started doing it this way I had a problem getting a consistent crimp from one loading to another. A second benefit is the the cutter cuts on a very slight angle and as a result you don't have to deburr the outside of the case mouth, just the inside. Dillon suggest that the tool be mounted in place of the sizing die on your Dillon press, but it works just as well on a Rockchucker. :)

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