Progressive press here we go

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  1. THEWELSHM

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    I reload on a Hornady LNL many have different equipment, the Dillon folks will be here shortly, please enjoy an un biased article below.

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  2. Virginia Jim

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    Good article. I don’t have a progressive, but from what I gather from this forums and others is that there’s a lot of tinkering involved with all three. That’s not necessarily a negative, since I love to tinker. However, I’ve loaded thousands of rounds on my Rockchucker with nearly no tinkering. If I was a high volume shooter, I’d probably go with the Dillon. Cost be dammed.
     
  3. NMexJim

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    Oh, this’ll be good! LNL here.
     
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  4. ColtPythonElite

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    Been pleased with my LnL
     
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    BL 550 here.
     
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  6. 9mmepiphany

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    I seem to remember this article from years, maybe decades, ago. Obviously old when they compare a press that isn't even manufactured anymore (Dillon 650)

    Does anyone know when this was first printed?
     
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  7. Jonny2guns

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    Dillon 650 here and love it, though it is the first and only progressive I have used.
     
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  8. NC9mm

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    Mark 7 tops the list.
     
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    I'm a old Star guy myself. Just about bulletproof, and given that I could break a 5lb steel ball bearing, the right one for me.
     
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    Xl650.
    First and only press. No point saying it's better or worse than another as it's the only one I've used.

    Love it. High volume pistol reloading
     
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  11. whughett

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    Don’t have a LNL, so can’t speak to their or any other non Dillion progressive press except The Lee classic turret press, which I do have as well as the 550.The Lee is what it is, one gets what one pays for.
    Has any one ever did a market survey as to press popularity. My guess it would read:
    Lee
    Dillon
    All others. :)
     
  12. jmorris

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    Nice to see another “what progressive thread vs another “where’s the___?”

    I have used them all to load ammunition that works and am happy for those that enjoy reloading on whatever they choose. That still won’t change the opinions I formed through using all of them.
     
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  13. Redranger

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    Dillon 650 here. Good solid machine. I find it pretty easy to deal with once you become familiar with the operation.
     
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  14. lordpaxman

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    Pick one, use it, be happy.
     
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    After the countless posts of mechanical ingenuity you've shown I'm having a premonition that some day in the future you'll post "here's the press i built".
     
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  16. Bulldozer1215

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    LNL here but I’ve used my grandfathers 550 with good results on both.
    When I have the room to expand reloading room I will run both.
     
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    Real men ignore the wife and move into the space that used to be the dining room. :p
     
  18. 375supermag

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    Hi...
    I run two RockChuckers and two Hornady LnL progressive presses, one for small primer and one for large primers.
    I sold two Dillon 550s...they didn't do anything the Hornady's couldn't do.
     
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    Good article, very unbiased.

    Yet at the end of the day, Chevy and Dodge are still in business although I’ve owned Fords my entire life.

    Different strokes for different folks.
     
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  20. Hangingrock

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    I have (3) Dillion Progressive Presses. I've one 550 and two SDB units. Yesterday I reloaded 9X19mm (700 Rds) on a SDB. The other SDB is set up for 45ACP. I seldom use the 550. Most likely there are more advanced Progressive Presses but I've had these presses for 25 plus years. Reloading is not a hobby with me but rather a means to an end. At the mid point of my seventh decade I do not see myself acquiring new and or additional equipment. This new week, I'll probably reload 45ACP, most likely 500 rounds. The 550 is currently set up for 44Mag/Spl.
     
  21. THEWELSHM

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    My point of posting mate ....each to their own

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    I run two Hornady LnL presses, one large primer, one small. I also got a Dillon SDB last year. Those complement the Hornady single stage, plus a Lee Classic I bought on clearance for decapping duty. When the money is right and the availability is there, I'll probably replace one of the LnLs with a Dillon XL 750. I like the toolhead idea, and SDB is awesome. That said, they all make good ammo, so I'm a happy camper.
     
  23. kilizyrag

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    I load on a Dillon RL550C and also a Hornady LnL progressive. While they are different, one does not stand out from the other. They are both great presses.
     
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  24. lordpaxman

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    I rode in a Ford once. Hope that counts.
     
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    Loaded another 500 rounds of 45 Auto today on a Dillon XL750.
    Smooth like budda'.
     
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