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used Dillon RL550

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Striker Fired, Nov 9, 2011.

  1. Striker Fired

    Striker Fired Well-Known Member

    The shop by me where I get much of my reloading supplies from has a used RL550 for sale.It is the older one with a round handle.It comes with the strong mount and two die blocks,powder drop(everything the new ones come standard with,primer drop with alarm) one set of dies will come with it,the 9mm dies are Lyman, : 45 ACP are Lee, : 38/357 are Lyman sizer/seater,Lee crimp, : 308 Lyman, :223 I didn't look what brand a shellplate will come with the dies .It is in good shape everything feels tight and nothing all worn.The only thing I don't agree with he is asking $330.00,while not the worst,I feel it is a little high for an old model(he thought the older model was worth more than the new ones)
    All the calibers are mounted in die blocks and he has three powder measures and five shellplates in the blue containers.He is planning to sell seperate.
    A new one goes for $385ish + caliber conversions & dies.
  2. Bush Pilot

    Bush Pilot Well-Known Member

    OK price, not a steal.
  3. rikman

    rikman Well-Known Member

    Not bad price, I paid $400 for my used 550B and it had Dillon dies for 45acp & 223Rem and a strong mount.
  4. angus6

    angus6 Well-Known Member

    just paid 430 for a used 650 with 3 quick change setups, I'd keep looking if it were me
  5. StaTiK

    StaTiK Active Member

    OK, I understand that deals come and go but this was a steal.

  6. RevDerb

    RevDerb Well-Known Member

    You are looking at well over $500 worth of Dillon reloading equipment for $330.00 and you don't own it yet? I have a round handle on mine and it's two months old. The lever handle is another upgrade to the system. If this had been available when I was shopping for one, I would have snatched up in a heart beat. I personally don't believe that you will find a better buy on a used RL550B. Lifetime "no nonsense" warranty is just what it says. You could be reloading by now. Tsk!
  7. Mxracer239y

    Mxracer239y Well-Known Member

    I bought a brand new 550b for $312 online (granted, with no caliber conversions). If you are patient, deals come around.
  8. jack44

    jack44 Well-Known Member

    Thats not bad I paid 429.95 + S/H. for mine NIB
  9. Kevin Rohrer

    Kevin Rohrer Well-Known Member

    That's what he is ASKING, not what he will take. He probably bought the whole setup for pennies on the dollar from a widow. $330 is not bad, but offer him $300.

    If you can get those other die plates and powder measures for at least $25% less than current price, grab them, too.

    A new 550b less dies and shipping is $430.

    Oh, and that "older is better than new" is nothing more than a sales tactic. Dillon doesn't cheapen their products over time. They started out with an excellent design that was copied from the Star reloader (still in steady use today) and designed the 550 for everyday use. Any improvements made over time were minor and mostly involved optional accessories. I bought mine around 1995 and if I were to remove the addons, most people would be hard-pressed to tell it from a brand new one. The only improvement mine doesn't have that I am aware of is the steel plate the primer slide moves back and forth on now has a slippery coating on it; mine is merely blued.

    Last edited: Nov 10, 2011
  10. Jim Watson

    Jim Watson Well-Known Member

    I think it is a pretty good deal, a 550 complete in one caliber with strong mount for $330.
    How long are you willing to wait and how hard are you willing to search to find one for $18 less? But I do agree with Kevin, horsetrade if you can.

    Oh, yeah,
    "I didn't look what brand a shellplate will come with the dies"
    does not compute. A Dillon will take almost any standard 7/8x14 die but it has to have a Dillon shellplate. Well, there is one guy making custom shellplates with claims of better alignment for match ammo, but I doubt you are seeing those.
  11. Striker Fired

    Striker Fired Well-Known Member

    your right about buying from a widow,It was a friend of his, so he says, that passed away this spring. I'm just looking at the fact that Dillon has this one on the web for $385, new,This one is older,no real upgrades but the strong mount and one more die head, thats it.I'm going to see how much he'll come down or if he will throw in another tool head and the second powder measure.Since new die plates are $22 from Dillon I figure these are worth $15 ish each.
    Maybe for $400 I'l try to get all 5 or 6 die plates and shellholders,plus both measures with the press.
    Can a person make the 550 auto index?
  12. Kevin Rohrer

    Kevin Rohrer Well-Known Member

    No on auto indexing. If you want that, get a 650.

    I owned a 650, but went back to my 550. I prefer the greater control, ease of correcting mistakes, faster caliber changes, and cheaper caliber changes with the 550 when compared to the 650.
  13. Kevin Rohrer

    Kevin Rohrer Well-Known Member

    Disregard Dillon's $385 price and look at the $430 price. The press is useless w/o the conversion kit.

    Try for $300 w/ a conversion kit, then go from there if you want everything (plates, conversion kits you will use, powder measures, powder dies, stands, etc). Don't buy anything you absolutely won't use.

    I am against buying used dies unless I know they were taken care of.
  14. Bush Pilot

    Bush Pilot Well-Known Member

    The indexing feature on a 550 is called your left thumb and is the only thing that Dillon will not warranty.
  15. Striker Fired

    Striker Fired Well-Known Member

    My bad grammer on the not Knowing what brand "shellplate" ,It should be stated I dion't know what bran dies are for the .223.All the shellplates are Dillon.
    K.Roher,this press looks more worn/ gringy/older looking than that.Plus by the looks of it your die plate is blue,all the die plates for this one are bare cast aluminum.Is that a sign of even older?
    I'm going to hagle with them tonight (if I don't have to work late otherwise tomorrow night)and see what they have to say.
    If I get it I will probably sell most of the dies,I have most of them already or don't forsee needing them .The .38/357 I probably will keep.
  16. tlen

    tlen Well-Known Member

    What older model ? From what I read on the Dillon site the roller handle is "optional" which meas you have to buy it extra. You need to read the fine print.
    I have used a RL550 since the '80s but if I were to be starting out now I'd spend a little more and get the XL650.
  17. Hondo 60

    Hondo 60 Well-Known Member

    I'm feeling more & more blessed everyday.

    To make a long story short, in Nov 2010, I bought a "Never Been Used" RL550B for $150.
    It was in the box, not a scratch, ding or dent on it.
    The receipt said the guy bought it in 1993.

    It came with Redding 45-70 gov dies & caliber conversion.
    Sold them & bought 2 caliber conversions.

    So $330. is too much for a used one.
    Even if I were looking today, I'd still pass.
  18. FROGO207

    FROGO207 Well-Known Member

    I do not have any Dillon presses but I have many others. All purchased used. My personal idea is the max I would pay for a used anything is 1/2 full cost. I do not need anything so bad that I can't wait a while and attempt to find a better deal. I may someday need an item and change my mind but until now this attitude has served me well. Only you can call the price you are willing to pay but do not move in haste IMHO. If that press does not sell any time soon then the seller will be much more willing to deal and you will win on that front. I would not pay so much for that press but if ALL the extras were thrown in I would consider it more closely, probably not get it at that price I would be more interested for sure.:cool:
  19. angus6

    angus6 Well-Known Member

    No the steal was the week before on a decked out 1050 set up , lets just say the extras more then covered the purchase price. Figure the press was free

    Like the guy above said unless it's 1/2 price keep looking if your not in need right then
  20. StaTiK

    StaTiK Active Member

    I'm all for holding out for a good deal, but few of us will ever find a complete 550b with caliber conversion and dies for $150.


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