Agreed with many here...been using Dillon 650 and nothing but good things to say about it.
I was torn between a Dillon 650 and a Hornady Lock-n-Load. I know the Dillon is an excellent press and I have an old Dillon SDB that still works well but the lack of Dillon distributors, fixed prices and the amount of expensive proprietary parts some Dillon products use, I am a little turned off.
After taking into account the lower initial price of the LnL (I found it for $385), the lower price and better availability of shell plates (~$30) and accessories, I chose the Lock-n-Load. Hornady also has a great reputation for customer service. I know Dillon has a great CS department as well.
You'll be happy either way.
The only thing I could add and be constructive(I use a Lee Load Master, Challenger and Turret) is that in my personal experience I have had many more stuck cases(.223) in RCBS dies than in Lee full length dies. Still get the occasional stuck case no matter what lube I use, but with The Lee die you just drive out the depriming pin and re-assemble the die. Try that with an RCBS die.
I've been using a hornady LNL progressive for a few months now with great success. There are trade offs for each make of press out there and you will find no shortage of comments about either the blue or red progressive systems.
I have been loading 9mm xtp/fmj/tmj, and .380 lately with ease.
I bought the Dillon RL 550B. Couldn't quite justify the additional cost of the 650. But all of the above are right Dillon all the way!!
My father in law is giving me his Dillon 550B ( still new in box ) and I'm wondering is there a huge difference between the 550 and 650 ? I've never reloaded my own ammo so this may sound like a stupid question but any info from those who have used both would be awesome .
The 550B is a manual rotating turret, while the 650 auto rotates. Also teh 560 has a few more features. The 550b is a nice press and great for a starter press with the ability to advance the speed of loading as you learn. My suggestion is start by loading one round completely at a time till you get comfortable with loading. This makes it much easier if you have a problem to stop and fix something without making a mistake due to multiple cartridges on the press. Once you are comfortable you can fill the press and reload as it was designed.
Thanks Rocky ! Ill take your advise .
I load on a lee pro 1000 right now. But my next press will be the big blue. Dillon all the way.
With that budget, you can afford a Dillon 105; but do you need it? How many rounds in one session will you be reloading, and how many rounds a month will you load?
If you want control over the process and don't mind less speed, then the 550 is fine. If you want more speed, slower caliber changes, and a bit less control, get the 650. My guess is that the 650 would be fine. You can easily get the press and complete cartridge conversions for all three calibers and still have money left for other goodies.
Since you are a reloading virgin, get a copy of Lyman #49 and read it. Use bulky powders that will overflow cases when you load double-charges, and go REAL SLOW. It is real easy to make multiple mistakes with progressive presses; a bit less so with the 550 semi-progressive press.
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This is a great resource. Someone else posted it on another thread. I am also considering the 550 or the Hornady.