which one to buy

which one to buy

This is a discussion on which one to buy within the Reloading forums, part of the Defensive Ammunition & Ballistics category; i am currently looking at getting a new reloader .... old was destroyed in tornado a few months ago and i cant decide which on ...

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    which one to buy

    i am currently looking at getting a new reloader .... old was destroyed in tornado a few months ago and i cant decide which on e to get . i had a lee loadmaster set up for 45 acp , 44 mag , and 40 sw . i havent had time to shoot recently but i will be in the first part of the year once i get my ducks in a row .
    what would you look at?
    thanks
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    How much do you want to spend?
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    I'd look at the dillons, if you want to go cheap the square deal, the 550B otherwise.

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    Dillon 550B is what I use. I love it. You can call them, they do not care if it is second hand they will still assist with any and all problems.

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    looking to spend around 7-800 for press and some dies ...i found a few
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    I can probably save you some money. PM me a list of what you want and I'll give you a quote.

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    I'd go with a Dillon 550B... Easiest press to change setups, and even though I'm not very fast (and never plan to be very fast) I can crank out 300 or so rounds in one sitting (less than an hour).
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    ive been looking at dillions , but i have never actually seen one in use ... most of my friends and family use either rcbs or lee and i was one of only a few that went to progressive . on a side note i did manage to find my die sets so i can look at a really nice loader. ;)

    as far as buying i will defintly wait til after the holidays as i know my dad loved loading as much as me . so we used that time to hang out at his place alot .

    have see how much insurance paid me for it too then add some money mabey
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    Quote Originally Posted by dhelmuth View Post
    ive been looking at dillions , but i have never actually seen one in use ... most of my friends and family use either rcbs or lee and i was one of only a few that went to progressive . on a side note i did manage to find my die sets so i can look at a really nice loader. ;)

    as far as buying i will defintly wait til after the holidays as i know my dad loved loading as much as me . so we used that time to hang out at his place alot .

    have see how much insurance paid me for it too then add some money mabey
    Check this youtube video on reloading 200 rounds in 30 minutes: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ZuaihzGiSU

    Also, this same guy has a 4 part series on setting up a Dillon 550:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9V48xgW80A0
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t8dq0ICuQAU
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U_3SGZuqWaY
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fDk7x1U9s00
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    go with the dillion 550.
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    Dillon, is the most often used reloader by people who really shoot. I do not shoot a lot of different calibers so I have two Square Deals set up. One for 45acp and one other for small primer cases. The custom shop where I used to work had 4 of the 550's set up, one for each of the calibers we usually had to deal with. At the USPSA national's year in and year out Dillon runs 90-95%.

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    I shoot and load allot of 45acp, so I load for mass quantities.
    I have the Dillon 550 and love it. But the 550 will also let me slow down and load rifle as well so you get the best of both worlds with the Dillon 550.
    And there customer service and no BS warranty on the Dillon if you are not the original owner it does not matter. I won't use anything else.
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    Nothing beats the Dillion 550B (thats what I use), and nothing beats their warranty or their customer service!
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    Just 'cause all the blue press guys have had their shot, you might want to also look at the Hornady LNL-AP. Auto indexing for the price of the manual index Dillon.
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    Actually, I think you would be better served to move up to the Dillon 650.

    I have two of the Dillon SD2's and they are great presses if you intend to load only pistol. Their downside is that they won't accept standard dies. And the Dillon dies for them are rather pricey and they are more of a hassle to change out than other presses. I load only two calibers. That's why I have two presses.

    If I had it to do over, I'd certainly go for a 550 or preferably a 650.

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