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Progressive press

Thread in 'Reloading' started by jcwat, Aug 24, 2019.

  1. jcwat

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    What press gives everyone the LEAST headaches ? I have a lee single stage that i size/deprime on and a lee 3 hole that i load on but manually. (not progressive) Im looking into making the jump to a progressive press. Dillion is pricey, but seem to be great quality. Are they and Hornady comparable ?
     
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    will be loading 7.62x51/.308, .458 socom, .358 yeti, .45 colt and ?? i dont mind using the manual index, but for larger batches progressive would be nice
     
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    Dillon. I started reloading with a Lee turret then a Dillon Square Deal and now have a Dillon650 xl. I think the 650 has been replaced by the 750. Nothing better for the money.


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    And their warranty is unbelievable.
     
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    how hard is the initial set up ? lee was easy, is it about the same ?
     
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    For the calibers you listed. I would recommend the Dillon 550b.
     
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    550... i will have to check out their site. Tha ks for the input
     
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    If u wanna see 650, Hornady and 550 together...let me know

    I don’t drink the blue kool aid nor the red.

    I like the hornady for the ease of caliber change.

    I like the 550 for specific usage and I think you fit that profile.



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    I bought my 650 retail at Outpost Armory (Murfreesboro TN) it was pre set up for small primer and 38/9mm caliber but without dies.

    It has run fine after the initial die setup, I did buy Dillon dies but it will work with Lee/Hornday and RCBS dies.

    If all you plan to reload is handgun ammo then I do recommend the Dillon Square Deal. I kept my Square Deal because some day I'm going to set it up for .45ACP only.

    Lots of good videos on YouTube about setting up and running the Dillon presses.

     
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    They are all good, and you pretty much get what you pay for.

    Dillon is my favorite.

    I once test drove a friend’s Hornady for over a thousand rounds of 45 ACP. At the time, I had One 650 and was considering a Hornady for rifle reloading. I ended up with a second 650. Then I sold one of them, and I missed it, So, I bought another 650. So, three 650’s, a 550, and a square deal B later.....I am sticking with Dillon. Currently, I have the two 650s.

    They all break and occasionally malfunction. Dillon’s warranty is outstanding. If it breaks, all it takes is an e-mail with your address, and the parts are shipped asap.

    In the Dillon line up, if you want to reload less than 500 rounds before needing to change over to a different caliber, go with the 550. If you want to load a few thousand at a time before switching calibers, go with the 650. If you are serious about tens of thousands of one caliber at a time, get the 1050. The square deal is only intended to do one caliber.