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550B Case Feeder

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by F106 Fan, Dec 6, 2011.


  1. F106 Fan

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    Anybody around here have any experience with Dillon's 550B case feeder? I was wondering if it is a practical upgrade.

    Richard
     

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    I've read enough bad things that I'm scared to buy one. I do know a guy with a 1050 and a 550 with a CF and he says it works great.
     

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  3. ron59

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    The word I hear is... "just don't do it".

    The XL650 was designed around a case feeder. With the 550, it was more an afterthought....

    I have a 550 and decided not to get one based on what I"ve read... I'm going to order a 650 for 9mm shortly, will keep the 550 for .45ACP which I load much less of. Heck, might upgrade it eventually to a 650, one in each primer size?
     
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    that was the one of the reasons I went with the xl650 instead of the 550.
     
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    Steve could not get his to work right. I have a friend and has one and likes it. But it is dedicated to loading 9mm only. I think it is a hit or miss if it will work or not. And if you get it to work you don’t change it. Best bet is what Ron said and just get a 650.
     
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    I don't think it would really make much difference with a manual index press. I could be wrong, Jack is my mentor. :whistling:
     
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    You are not taking your right hand off the handle. You just place a bullet and rotate the shell plate with your left hand.
     
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    Guess that does make sense. :supergrin:
     
  9. F106 Fan

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    Part of the reason for this question is that I don't see why an XL650 should be slower than a 1050. I have a 1050 but have never even see an XL650. Still, in both cases, you manually place a bullet and pull the handle. Place a bullet and pull the handle...

    So, if an XL650 could potentially be as fast as a 1050, what would keep the 550B with case feeder from being, say, 80% of an XL650 or 1050.

    A side question is how to get a crimped case with a jammed primer out of station 1. What if the shell plate won't turn? Right now, I just dump the powder out of the shell in station two and operate the handle again, depriming the shell, clearing the jam and recharging the case at station 2. Then I toss that shell in station 1, advance the shell plate and continue as before with an empty spot at station 2. Does the new shell feed system prevent removing jammed shells? Guess I'll have to go back and read the manual, again.

    Of course, I don't know how to do this on an XL650 either.

    The 1050 has separate stations for inserting the shell and resizing/decapping. Priming happens after the case has had the primer pocket resized, if necessary so, in theory, the primer should never get hung up.

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  10. bush pilot

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    The most reliable case feeder for a 550 is your right hand. The only case feeder I use is for the 1050. I reload to relax, not to compete with Winchester to see who can produce the most rounds in an hour.
     
  11. F106 Fan

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    We have opposing views (which is fine): I do want to compete with Winchester (or Federal and Lake City actually) and I don't really like reloading. I don't think of it as relaxing or enjoyable; it's just a job that has to be done if I want to go shooting. Get in and get it done as fast as possible.

    I have a 1050 for .45 ACP and I suspect I will have another 1050 for 9mm in the very near future. I think we have enough 9mm to keep my grandson in ammo during his Christmas vacation. If not, I'll have to load some on the 550B. I don't mind doing a few hundred but I have 3,000 bullets and a similar number of cases to load. That's too grim to contemplate. Or I can just have him shoot one of my .45s. I have a lot of ammo loaded for them.

    I was curious about reactions to the 550B case feeder but I don't really see it in my future. It seemed like a nice upgrade but it might cause more grief than it resolves. Apparently it won't work for .223 and if I migrate the 9mm to a 1050, the 550B won't get much use at all.

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  12. Colorado4Wheel

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    Crimped primers will still deprime fine on a press. PRIMING Is the issue. That is done on station two of the 650 (and it's easy to reach) and on station 1 on a 550 and its a PITA to reach if you have a casefeeder. I hated that about the casefeeder on the 550. It's not much better on a a 650 for station 1. Almost nothing ever goes wrong there so it's not a big deal on a 650. 650 primes over station 2 as well.

    Keep in mind I have pretty high standards. I also feel a press that makes 1 error (however minor) per 100 rds is not acceptable. PERIOD. Thats is my standard. The 550 with a casefeeder simply could not live up to that standard. Mostly because the slider touches the case twice in station 1. Once to insert it and once again after it's been sized but right before priming. That second touch would often knock the case out of alignment and cause a hitch when priming. 650 has a locator in that station. It's a non issue. 650 is just better for a casefeeder.
     
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  13. F106 Fan

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    That was pretty much what I suspected. The difference between an XL650 and a 550B is pretty substantial.

    Thanks
    Richard
     
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