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Old 07-14-2014, 21:16   #1
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Got it up and running after waiting a week for it to be dilivered. I e got to say for my first dillon... It does not disappoint I effing love this press!!
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Old 07-14-2014, 21:18   #2
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There's a reason that the 550B is the workhorse of the reloading bunch. Even more outstanding than the product itself is the customer service behind it. Dillon is an outstanding company.

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Old 07-14-2014, 22:51   #4
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Congrats. I run a 550 & 650, still love the simplicity of the 550.
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Congrats on the new press.

I've been really tempted to get a 550 to run my lower volume calibers that I now run on my LCT. I don't really need it, as the LCT does the job with little fuss... I just love my 650, and figure I must really be missing something by not having a 550.
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Old 07-14-2014, 23:14   #6
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The 550 is about twice the press of the LCT. Unless you want to replace the LCT, not really a need for the 550. Then again,when has need really come into it.
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Old 07-14-2014, 23:55   #7
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I too love my 550B, it just runs and runs...
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The 550 is about twice the press of the LCT. Unless you want to replace the LCT, not really a need for the 550. Then again,when has need really come into it.
Yeah... Honestly, from a pure volume standpoint of the 3 calibers I'd use it for (38spl, .357mag and .45)... there's no way I could justify the cost... fortunately I'm cheap.. so it's unlikely to happen if I can't justify it in my head.'

One of these days though, I might just have a moment of weakness...
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Old 07-15-2014, 15:24   #12
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All your 550 needs now is the case feeder.
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All your 550 needs now is the case feeder.


and a bullet feeder and an automatic handle puller.... then i can sit back and watch my ammo be made for me
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Old 07-15-2014, 18:31   #14
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and a bullet feeder and an automatic handle puller.... then i can sit back and watch my ammo be made for me
That's called a Camdex. Yes we all want one.
http://www.camdexloader.com/
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All your 550 needs now is the case feeder.
Just from what I've read.. If you want a case feeder, just get the 650. I imagine it probably destroys the 550's simplicity.


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Just from what I've read.. If you want a case feeder, just get the 650. I imagine it probably destroys the 550's simplicity.


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No, it doesn't. What is does is eliminate some hand movement, allowing me to concentrate on powder drop and bullet seating stations. Does it make it any faster? Not for me, but then I don't reload to set records.
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No, it doesn't. What is does is eliminate some hand movement, allowing me to concentrate on powder drop and bullet seating stations. Does it make it any faster? Not for me, but then I don't reload to set records.
I'll take your word for it.. I've just read about some folks (C4W for example) seemingly having more problems with the case feeder than it was worth...

Glad it's working for you though...
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There are many, many 550 guys that tried the case feeder & found it lacking. The machine was never designed for it. IF you can get it to work, you are blessed. A case feeder complicates the simplicity of the 550 for change overs & just running it in general. Yes, if you must have the case feeder, get the 650. Not much more when you add the numbers.
Bullet feeder on a 550 is problematic with only 4 stns. You could do it, for rifle, leaving out a powder check die. Again, if you want all that stuff, go 650.
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I'll take your word for it.. I've just read about some folks (C4W for example) seemingly having more problems with the case feeder than it was worth...

Glad it's working for you though...
Thanks IGF. The only issue I have had with the feeder is with .45 colt cases. It will flip 2 or 3 out of a hundred. I just keep an eye on it and when it does flip stop the press, make the easy correction and go on. .45 acp and 38 special/.357 don't seem to have that issue. Of course I have mentioned before I resize and deprime on a single stage. Its just the way I prefer, and did it before adding the feeder.
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The 550 is just not as good of a machine for a casefeeder. It bounces cases back and they hit the sizing die. It's a pita to adjust compared to the 650 as well.
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