Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by CoalCrackerAl, Sep 1, 2022.
That being said, I really like the AP because of the auto advance. And I really like the 550 because it is manual! WHAT! In other words, either system works just fine, and neither is a deal breaker. The only issues I've had with either has been with the older 550 primer system! They tend to get "wonky" after around 5,000 reloads!
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I went with the 550C because of the ease and quickness of caliber change overs. I switch back and forth from 9mm to 45acp a lot Also the powder measure on my Dillon is pretty impressive for throwing consistent pistol charges. Like LiveLife I prefer to reload rifle the slow and precise way on my Redding T7.
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I had to put the bullet up into the die, raise the handle enough for it to finish the index and set the bullet into the case, then finish the stroke.
I am pretty sure you would be just fine with the .223 but I’d still get a Dillon. I had actually bought my first LNL because of how much better everyone claimed their powder measure worked with extruded powders and I had a lot of old long cut 3031. Unfortunately, I couldn’t tell their measure did any better than the Dillon.
If you were the one that started the what powder thread and are going progressive (any of them) do your self a favor and purchase spherical or ball powders.
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You are not doing that with a Hornady
Imo, the dillon 650/750 was built around the case feeder. On the Hornady it was an after thought.
Don't know how much you plan on shooting that mini, but the dillon trim dies and rt1200/1500 was worth every penny to me.
I don't like finger humping every single piece of brass.
You cannot go wrong with Dillon!
When I got my LnL they (Hornady) had the free bullets offer. I got a bunch of 45 acp. Think I still have them.
I have not done any price checking but when I got mine, it was cheaper to buy cases of 5.56 and 9mm. They are the only shell holders I have. I load all my other calibers on the Lee turret.
If you have never used a progressive, there is a learning curve despite what some think it takes a bit of getting used to especially if you are priming with it, Much easier to screw up then single stage or turrets,
Not pushing any brand. BUT there is learning curve and there is a lot going on at the same time with a progressive.
SOOO my advise is focus focus focus all the time. Do not relax you attention. When you relax or get distracted that is when things go wrong!
Whatever you get enjoy being able to spend less time reloading and more time shooting
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NO easiest way to change calibers with a Dillon is having pre setup tool heads ,pull two pins and change shell plate and You're good to go **. I've been running a Dillon 550 since 1988-89 bought it from Mike Dillon himself.
I load #18 calibers excluding 12 20 and 28 gauge on Mec's with MY 550 and 650 . MY most popular shooting calibers ALL have their own powder measure and anvils are REALLY precise ,once their set to a specific powder and charge . I remember when the presses W/caliber set up were under $200.00 !. I had until we moved every Dillon Blue Press monthly catalog and watched as prices rose over the years . So in 91 I bought tool heads powder measures primer tubes plastic tips and ALL the shell plates I figured ,I'd ever need . Boy am I ever so thankful I purchased that back then .
** Provided You're Not changing primer size ,as that's an extra step and requires a setup in doing it correctly . Some fellow out of Texas makes a roller guide for proper primer anvil cup alignment and it WORKS WELL !.
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