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Been reloading for more than 30yrs and have always used a single stage press ... have three of them ... I need to speed-up my productivity and thinking of purchasing a Dillon but have several questions ...

My main interest is in reloading 9mm, 40S&W, .45acp, and .223.

What model would ya'll recommend?
How difficult to change calibers?
How do the Dillons react to cast bullets (all I use in pistols)?
What other accessories are a "must have"?
 

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Cap, I have the RL 550b. Nothing negative about it or Dillon. This was my first purchased press. Will handle any pistol cal. you can throw at it except .480 & .500S&W. Dillon will not make dies for them. They[dillon] said something about it would make the die walls too thin for them to "no bs" warranty them. Set up changes are a snap (about 5 min.) if you have dies already mounted in a spare tool head. Tool heads are about $20 and are highly recomended. If you realy want to save set up time buy the deluxe quick change assembly (about $90) it comes w/ a tool head,powder measure, powder die and a stand to hold all of it. The point of this system is to have a powder measure mounted and set and dies already in the tool head. just pull 2 pins, slide in a new tool head, add powder and start pulling the handle.
My next press will be the 650. It has a 5th station for a powder check and has auto indexing. These are about the only differances between the 2.
I have had no problems with cast bullets in my press, but I usaully use Berrys plated bullets.
If you load standing up you will need the optional "strong mount" as this raises the press up to a good standing heigth. The roller handle is something that I highly recomend. The ball handle it comes with will wear on your hand after a good night of loading(1500 rds) I also recomend the powder sensor. It will warn you when you get down to about 300 Gr. of powder. This will benefit you as I know you load some large cases and large cases eat powder at a fast rate.
If you have any other questions about the blue press I'll be glad to help if I can. If you would like to test run a 550b give me a call next time you come to the coast and you can swing by and I'l turn you loose on mine. I have .45ACP, .45 colt, .44 mag, .41 mag, .40 S&W, but only have the 1 powder measure so we will have to reset the throw weight on the powder measure.
 

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I am trying to plan a trip down that way in the next couple weeks --want to try the Biloxi Bay for some fishes!!

Will let you know - I would really like to see one in operation!
 

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Cap i started on a rockchucker and still have it. I bought a used
dillon Square deal B and I thought I had died and went to heaven. I can easily load 300 rounds of pistol ammo per hour. The SDB only loads pistol ammo, but it is autoindexing.
 

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And the SDB uses custom dies. They do not accept 7/8-13 dies and caliber conversions are about $80 apiece. Have to have 1 for every cal. you want to load.
 

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Cap...I'd vote the Dillion 550...its what I'm gonna ask Santa Claus for cuz I's a beens sooo good this year

500 pistol rds an hr is what several folks at Magnolia tell me...I think the big diff between this one and 650 is whether or not you think you want an auto index...i don't like auto index...but the powder check turns me on

http://www.dillonprecision.com/#/customize-reloader.html

Maybe bigsig will let me "have" his when he gets the BIG 650....... :lol4:
 

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That is a very informative link SGM! I run a RL550B and did not know some of the things in this link. Thank you.
I would also recomend looking at this link before going "Blue". :thanks:
 
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