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Caliber conversion costs

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by PatinAz, Jan 12, 2010.

  1. PatinAz

    PatinAz

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    A quick question for you guys running progressive presses: Dillon vs Hornady.

    I have a general idea of whats involved with changing calibers on the Dillon 550 and 650 (shell plate, tool head/dies). What are the average costs, with or without a seperate powder dispenser per caliber change?

    What is involved and what are costs for changing calibers on a Hornady LnL AP? Is a seperate powder dispenser indispensible?

    Basically, which press is cheaper to convert calibers, assuming I allready have the dies?
     
  2. Colorado4Wheel

    Colorado4Wheel

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    Hornady is going to be cheaper. Don't need a new powder measure with Dillon. Not even close. You can get the Micrometer powder bar and save settings as well. No matter how you look at it Hornady is cheaper.
     


  3. GioaJack

    GioaJack Conifer Jack

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    $27 shell plate for the LNL. The powder measure stays in the tool head, just readjust for your new powder charge.

    Screw your new dies into the bushings, adjust them the when you change calibers just turn the bushing an 1/8th turn and pop new dies in.

    Whole caliber change, including primer size change takes 5-8 minutes.

    Jack
     
  4. Colorado4Wheel

    Colorado4Wheel

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    To be fair it's going to be $27 + The LnL bushings. He was talking about toolheads for the 550/650/etc so you could do with out those just the same as you do with any press. Most people won't do it like that of course.
     
  5. PatinAz

    PatinAz

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    Yeah, I'm referring to complete tool heads. I have a Lee CT, and have about a half dozen turrets with the dies allready set in them-quick caliber change.

    So, the with a Hornady, I'd want extra bushings to equal a Dillon with extra tool head?

    I'll probably drop the ball and get either a Dillon or Hornady. I've been doing homework on the 550/650, but am now considering the LnL. So I'm trying to decide which would suit me best. I'll be using if for pistol, .223 and .308 (Varget/IMR 4895).

    Thanks for the input so far.
    :beer:
     
  6. Colorado4Wheel

    Colorado4Wheel

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    Main difference is the LnL uses a station to flare a case using a die so its one less part. Of course if you set the LnL up with a PTX then you have to buy that. I don't know about it and rifle. Dillons always use a Powder Funnel specific for each caliber and they use buttons rather then a coil like on the LnL. You can get a LnL Powder Funnel not made by hornady that will do the common pistol calibers. For better or worse it does not do the neck expansion like the Dillon Powder Funnel.
     
  7. IndyGunFreak

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    If you decide to go w/ a PTX, and you want to save your powder/flare settings... You can buy the powder measure "lowers" at Midway for around $20. Put it in a bushing, and when you do a swap, simply swap the powder measure from one powder die to the other. Then if you really want to, you can buy another metering insert, to save your powder settings...

    IGF