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New press on my bench! Dillon 1050, WOW.

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Exposure, Mar 27, 2010.

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  1. Exposure

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    It showed up today, thanks FedEx for the Saturday delivery.

    I just got it set up and made some practice rounds, no powder or primer.

    This thing is AMAZING. Poetry in motion so to speak.

    I think I'm in love!

    My little Lee Classic Turret has been temporarily removed to make room for the big 1050 but you can see my Lee single stage is still in place. The Lee Turret will be put back in place soon though. It is too good a press to get rid of.

    Any other 1050 owners here?

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  2. loadedround

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    Nice press. Good luck with it.
     
  3. EddieNFL

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    Rock on!
     
  4. RustyFN

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    Wow is right, congrats. I would love to pull the handle on a 1050 to see what it's like.
     
  5. SSN Vet

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    what are you setting up to load on it?
     
  6. Exposure

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    As it sits in the picture it is set up for .223

    I also have everything ready to load for 9MM, 40 S&W, and 45 ACP.

    Watching this thing in action is nothing short of amazing. It simply cranks the ammo out!

    In the picture you can see my Dillon Super Swage 600 used to remove military primer crimps. It was first piece of Dillon equipment I ever bought and I was sold the minute I used it.

    I know there are some folks who think Dillon equipment is overpriced, maybe it is. But I can only say that this press is money really well spent for me. I am not disappointed in the least in the product that is now bolted to my bench. Dillon rocks!
     
  7. ljnowell

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    I wouldnt call dillon overpriced. I wouldnt say anything bad about them really, they are a great company with a great product. I just cant afford their level of great so I stick with my Lee level of pretty-damned-goodness. Congrats on a great press though, you will be shooting a ton now!
     
  8. ole farmerbuck

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    Well when it starts giving you fits, just paint it red and it will will be good to go! :) Nice looking settup there. Enjoy
     
  9. Balrog

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    I have 2 Dillon 650's, one set for small primers and one for large primers. They are great presses. Good luck with that 1050, I am sure it will be awesome.
     
  10. rfwobbly

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    WOW!

    That's the message I repeat over and over. With reloading machines, the market is so competitive that you get what you pay for. All the machines out there make great ammo, but some are simply more refined than others. Most of the people out there poo-pooing Dillon have simply never used one. Once you get your hands on one you'll have trouble using anything else.

    That, my brother, is one fine machine. Congrats on your purchase!
     
  11. Exposure

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    There is absolutely no offense to Lee intended here!

    I absolutely love Lee equipment. It is what I started on a few years ago and it has been nothing short of stellar!

    I load for my machine guns and my Lee Classic Turret has loaded tens of thousands of pistol rounds to date without so much as a single flaw, that is not an exaggeration either, their turret presses WORK. Never a squib or an overcharge. Just lots, and lots, and lotsssss of great ammo!

    But I had the money and wanted to upgrade, so I went nuts. :D
     
  12. taliv

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    i've had one for years. great press
     
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    The 1050 is "da bomb". I keep telling myself if I ever manage to kill my little SDB, I deserve one...danged SD just don't wanna' co-operate though. Terrific piece of equipment, enjoy it.
     
  14. Bush Pilot

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    Lee does make "some" good equipment. The people that compare a Load Master with a 1050 are high on something. I had lunch with a friend of a friend a couple of days ago. He was complaining that his new press was giving him fits. When I asked him what he was loading on he replied, "Load Master".
     
  15. RustyFN

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    I would have to agree but don't think I have ever seen that in a serious conversation.
     
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    The Dillon 1050 does get two thumbs up from me - it is an awesome machine (my retired bullet caster had a few at his workshop).

    So, when can we come over to drool over it? :D
     
  17. EddieNFL

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    Should be able to get most of your money back now that you no longer need it. I predict it will sell the same day you post it.

    Saw a post here calling Dillon "over priced junk." Guy seemed serious. On another board a fellow said he considered the Lee a better value because it has a bullet feeder.
     
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    I'm looking at getting a 550 from Dillion, but wow what a setup!
     
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    I've owned all Dillons. Started with a 550b about 9 years ago. My second press was a used 1050 that I picked up from a gunshop that was closing. It's not the super 1050, the difference being it can't load the longer rifle cartridges. Other then that it is the same press just a shorter distance that the cases have to travel.

    The gunshop had 2 of these brutes for sale at $900 each. In my stupidity I only bought one. Cost me about $30 in parts to get it operational again.

    After getting the 1050 going I realized it was time to get rid of the 550b. The 550b was a nice starter press but I never liked the idea that there wasn't room for a powder check die. So I sold it and bought a 650xl. By the time I added the case feeder and other options the 650xl came to about $750. That's not much of a difference from $900 for a 1050, that's why I say I was stupid to pass up the second 1050.

    But on to the 1050. Never seen anything like it. I load .44 and .45 on it. Fast? I can do an honest 1200 rounds an hour on it and there are never any mishaps while loading. It even knocks out the crimps on military rounds as you're loading. I've been using the 1050 for 5 or 6 years now. It has never broken a part or needed anything but cleaning.


    If I had to sell off a progressive it would be the 650 and I'd keep the 1050. Setup takes a while, longer then the 550b or 650xl but once setup operation is flawless.

    You're going to love that press.

    If I had one complaint about the 1050 it is that it is so efficient that it sits for long periods of time not being used. Over the Xmas holidays I reloaded 6000 rounds of .44 Mag that took me 2 years to accumulate. I wasn't in a hurry and spent 5.5 hours knocking out the ammo. Now it will probably take 2 more years to get enough empties again.

    All the other progressive presses on the market pale alongside the 1050.

    Here's a picture of the press as I brought it home. I spent probably 3 hours cleaning it up but it looks like the day it left Dillon now. You can see from the photo that it has a shorter distance that the ram has to move, probably the reason that I can do 1200 rounds an hour.

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  20. RustyFN

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    I have seen that also Eddie and don't agree with them. I have also seen people say everything Lee makes is junk and don't agree with them either. I have never seen anybody compare a Load Master to a 1050.
     
  21. joed

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    There's nothing wrong with Lee equipment, I started out with a lot of their products. Came close to buying one of their progressives too. Sprung for the Dillon and don't regret it.
     
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    Thats how I feel too. Right now I am rocking the Lee Turret and with auto indexing can really crank them out. When, or if, I decide to go fully progressive, it will probably be with a dillon. Either a dillon or a LNL. they are both good presses IMO.
     
  23. jmorris

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    I have a super 1050 set up in 223 with a bullet feeder and auto drive, it's cheating.
     
  24. joed

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    OK, I have to ask, what's an auto drive? I'm hoping it's something that doesn't require me to pull the handle. My older 1050 can crank out cartridges at speeds of 1200 per hour, but only for the first hour. Because I'm out of shape it gets slower and slower after the first hour.
     
  25. jmorris

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    Thats what is is. Here is a photo of the PW unit. I can run the machine faster by hand than the one I built but I can case gauge while loading so it's twice as fast anyway.


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