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Question on Dillon Square Deal Press

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by actionflies, Sep 13, 2008.

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  1. actionflies

    actionflies Member

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    Can someone tell me what's the difference between the old model square deal and the new square deal 'B' model. Is $200 with 4 calibers for the square deal a good price?
     
  2. D. Manley

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    Check replies to your question in "the other forum".
     
  3. WhisperFan

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    If I reloaded those calibers - I'd buy it.

    I recently picked up a used Square Deal B that I think was the older model. Dillon still supports it like i bought it from them. Dillon has great customer service.
     
  4. Riss

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    The 4 calibers alone would cost you that much. If the SDB is what you need it is a good buy at that price. Would be easy enough to resell for that price if you ever want to move up to a bigger Dillon.
     
  5. bobotech

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    Buy it.

    200 dollars for 4 calibers on a SDB?

    Send it back to Dillon, they will refurb it for 39 dollars and update it. That is what they did with my old Dillon SDB (not B model).

    It is now a B model.

    If each of those calibers has the shell plate, toolhead, and dies, then that is close to 100 dollars for each caliber change over.
     
  6. Bush Pilot

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    Grab it at that price, I load 90% of my handgun ammo on SDBs, people don't give them enough credit.
     
  7. loadedround

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    I believe the only difference between the "B" models of the SD and 550 and the older models was the the addition of the "fail-safe" powder measure return and the "low primer warning system", both items can be purchased as accessories from Dillon if that press doesn't have them. 200 bucks is a great deal for that press. :)
     
  8. Jayman

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    I know lots of people who have loaded thousands upon thousands of rounds on the Square Deal. That price is excellent.
     
  9. D. Manley

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    Actually, there are a couple of additional differences. The vertical brace on the mounting flange has been strengthened on current models and the primer slide is different. On the latter, Dillon moved the front connecting link for the primer slide return spring forward enabling it to use a longer (and longer lasting) spring. I found this out when my old, shorter spring broke and the new one in my spare kit was too long. Dillon sent me an entire new primer assembly at no cost.

    And you're right, with 4 caliber conversions its a terrific deal. As I see it, its risk-free...Dillon will, if need be, refurbish the whole she-bang for the price of return S&H charges.
     
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