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Non Dillon dies in a Dillon 550B

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Pilot, Nov 15, 2009.

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  1. Pilot

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    I have a Lee single stage press and a lot of Lee dies. I am thinking about going "progressive" (not politically, just for reloading). Can I use my Lee dies in a Dillon 550B or will I have to buy Dillon dies?

    Thanks guys.
     
  2. Slamfire

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    I use many Lee Dies in my 550B.
     
  3. F_L

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    I use Lee dies in a Dillon 450. The dies are not long enough to engage the locking ring with the rubber O-ring in place. My solution was to take out the O-ring and flip the locking ring over. Locks just fine. I have heard of people putting the locking ring below the tool head. I din't like that as it contacted the shell plate.
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  4. Floppy_D

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    Yup, Lee's fine. Almost all dies today are the same size and are interchangeable. You are gonna need the shellplate, locator buttons and powder funnels for each caliber. Here's a chart to show you which ones you need.
     
  5. Pilot

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    Thanks Guy. Great info! I am looking forward to cranking out ammo a lot faster now. The new press may be a Christmas present to myself. :evil:
     
  6. Sport45

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    Sure you can. I load several cartridges on my 550b and don't own a single Dillon die.
     
  7. rfwobbly

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    Or you can buy the Dillon 1" lock nuts in batches of 10. The 550 die holder is so small that a smaller lock nut of some sort really is needed. The Hornady versions with 2 flats work well too.
     
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