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Good deal for a Dillon 550B?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by monkeykevin, Oct 7, 2012.

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  1. monkeykevin

    monkeykevin Member

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    Hey, I'm interested in reloading and I found this offer for a Dillion and wanted to know if its a good deal. I plan on reloading my 9mm (subsonic) 40S&W 45ACP, 5.56, and .308. The cost of ammo has finally left a pinch in my wallet and the more I shoot the more good priced ammo is harder to come by.


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    Everything you need to get started reloading. Save hundreds of dollars. Like new condition, less than 1,000 rounds reloaded.

    Price: $1050
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    1 RL 550B
    4 Powder Measures
    4 Toolheads
    1 Strong Mount
    1 Primer Flip Tray
    1 Primer Pickup tube
    4 Conversion Kits
    1 40/10mm die set
    1 223 die set
    1 44 die set
    1 38/357 carbide die set
    1 scale
    1 Dillon machine cover
     
  2. Otto

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    I'd say it's a luke warm deal.
     
  3. 2bfree

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    You must be in the Seattle area. He started out at 1150. last week. Do you need the calibers of the kits and dies ? If yo have never reloaded before I think it is a lot harder to learn on the Dillon first, go single stage first, you will still keep it when you get a Dillon. As far as price, I think it is high, but I don't deal with used stuff. I do know I got mine used for a lot cheaper and still trying to sell the kits and dies I don't use.
    PS you might want to hit the gun show this next weekend
    You can buy it for less with your 2 calibers you need new. Check Dillon's webb site
     
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  4. Otto

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    The brands of dies and powder measures can make a big difference. Are the measures part of the $100 a piece, Dillon 550 quick change kits... or what? What brands of dies and how much wear do they have on them?... they may be "well used" or poorly cared for and could cause more trouble than they are worth. Are the 38/357 the only carbides? What scale... a beam or electric?
    If you were a seasoned reloader, I'd say just go look at the package and decide for yourself, but if you don't know what you're looking at... this could be a bad deal.

    Like others have stated... start simple and work your way up. Your brain will be chock full of information, proper procedure and fear of doing something wrong. You can screw up lots of ammo much quicker with a progressive if you don't pay attention.
    You'll never "outgrow" a good single stage and can still make good use of it should you choose to go progressive.

    C
     
  6. jmorris

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    It's a 550, put one case in it at a time until you get the hang of it. You can do that in any progressive if you want to.
     
  7. shootniron

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    I would not go over $800...an only that much if it were all Dillon equipment. My friend just bought the same setuup with different calibers for $700 about 2wks ago.JMO
     
  8. dgod

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    I personally did not have good luck with the "Tube Primer Feed), I (Years ago) sold all my gear, then of course Kicked myself in the appropriate place, and retsarted. I now use a Single Stage loader (RCBS Rockchucker) and am very happy. Yes it is slower, but I feel a lot more comfortable, and I have not had a single primer flip on me.

    Good Luck

    Dan
     
  9. SASS#23149

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    I love my 550b,so i'm a 'bit' prejudiced' ,lol.

    it is an ok price IF the pistol dies are all carbide,..easier to sell since they are not what you need.Even better if they are the tapered mouth dillon dies.

    keep in mind,for loading rifle rounds,you can't just load up the machinie and run 'em out.Bottle necked rounds must be lubed, sized,measured,usually trimmed,,it takes time and you'll need to buy a trimmer and caliper.

    not trying to scare u away,the 550b is a very good machine,but there is a learning curve,and RPH..rounds per hour hype is just that,imho.
     
  10. Kevin Rohrer

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    Way high.

    Goto the Dillon site and you can price out the list.
     
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