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Lee Dies on a Dillon Press?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by LubeckTech, Sep 19, 2008.

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  1. LubeckTech

    LubeckTech Member

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    I am considering a Dillon 550 press and was wondering if the lee dies I currently own would work properly with this press.
    Thanks.
     
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    I've read, and been told, that they will. Need to get my Dillon set up and see though. I'm sure some people will tell you to only use Dillion dies, Dillon grease to lube the 550, and only drink Dillon bottled water while you reload.
     
  3. snuffy

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    In some applications, the lee dies are too short to put the lock ring on top. In thoses cases, you simply put the lock ring on the bottom.

    I use lee dies in some of my caliber changes for my 650. Never had a problem using them.
     
  4. Jim Watson

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    They have 7/8x14 threads so they will fit the toolhead.

    Depending on their age you might have to fool around with the lock nuts. Older Lee dies have shorter threaded sections than Dillon and I have read of people putting the lock nuts under the toolhead. Or it might be enough to just use the thin Dillon nuts. Or they might work as is. Certainly worth the effort to get the use out of dies on hand.
     
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    I've used lee died in my 550. They are short but will work. I finally decided to start buying dillon dies.
     
  6. Jayman

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    I've used Lee dies for every pistol application I've reloaded for on a 650, you should have no issues.
     
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    Lee Dies on a 550

    I have several 550 die heads set up with Lee dies. They work just fine.
    Because they are a little short, my method of locking their adjustment is to throw away the rubber O-ring, and flip the locking not over. (use it upside down). This way I can still use the locking nut on top.
     
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    LubeckTech,
    Thanks for asking a good question.
    Not trying hijack the thread.

    How does the Dillon powder measure hook up to the Lee die? There is nothing wrong with Dillon dies, but I can get Lee cheaper & more places. (even used)

    Thanks,
    WNTFW
     
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    It don't. You will have to use a dillon powder die, powder funnel to use the dillon measure.
     
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