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Dillon 550

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by Samsondog04, Oct 28, 2010.

  1. Samsondog04

    Samsondog04 Life NRA Member

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    I think I got a good deal yesterday.

    A dillon 550 press, .45 and .40/10mm caliber conversions, an old set of RCBS .40/10mm dies and 4,000 once fired mixed head stamp brass. The guy told me he was retired from the police department and police range officer gave him all this brass. ???????? The brass is a combination of 10mm, .40 S&W, 38 special, and .45acp all sorted by calibers in 3 large boxes.

    This was a package deal off Craigslist for $ 350.00 I think its all there except for one of the tool holders locator pins possibly a few other small parts.

    I called Dillon today and as everyone stated in the past their customer service is top notched. This is my first progressive press and I think I will send it in for the $47.95 refurbishing job. I want them to go through the press and make it like new and update it with the Lock-Link Bell Crank assembly and add the early primer buzzer. I guess adding these couple of things will make it a 550B.

    Dillon should also rebuild the older style powder measure with spring assembly. Does anybody have an old manual or mechanical breakdown for the old style powder measure with spring assembly?
     
  2. Boxerglocker

    Boxerglocker Jacks #1 Fan

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    Not bad... after your refurb cost and shipping your about $430-440 into it with a extra conversion and Free brass...
     


  3. Bob2223

    Bob2223 Jack's buddy!

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    ya BG your right, but for the same $ the other option woulda been a new press with free bullets :whistling:


    :tongueout:

    Bob
     
  4. GioaJack

    GioaJack Conifer Jack

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    I DIDN'T SAY IT, I DIDN'T SAY IT... it was that trouble making flatlander.

    Please take notice that I also didn't point out that the press the flatlander is eluding to is also closer to a 650 than a 550 but I have taken a vow of non-contentiousness so I didn't bring it up.

    Behave yourself flatlander... :whistling:

    (I think the OP still did pretty good, you'll enjoy that press for many, many years.)


    Jack
     
  5. Boxerglocker

    Boxerglocker Jacks #1 Fan

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    :chatter:

    Hence my opinion "Not bad"...

    I didn't want to be rude and blow the wind out of the OP's sails... but being as you did it for me... I'll admit that I would have passed on this particular deal myself and probably gone for the LNL for that amount.
     
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  6. albyihat

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    That deal is down right great! If you need any old manuals contact dillon and they will throw it in with your press when it ships back to you. They should include the correct manuals anyway. Good score.
     
  7. fredj338

    fredj338

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    You are being so abrasive!:crying: It's a fair price. Though after shipping & refurbish cost, you could have probably bought new from Brian E for about the same price. The good thing, you are on your way to reloading!:supergrin:
     
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  8. Bob2223

    Bob2223 Jack's buddy!

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    OK guyz, I was just ribbin BG, :poke: "I enjoy that ?"

    Wasn't trying to be an abrasive trouble making flatlander.

    The OP got a good press and a start in reloading :thumbsup:

    Congrats on your press!

    :cheers:

    Bob
     
  9. El_Ron1

    El_Ron1 AAAAAAAAGHHH!!!

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    I don't understand sending in a press you haven't used yet.
     
  10. Boxerglocker

    Boxerglocker Jacks #1 Fan

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    Thank you Fred, I agree it's a decent score $360 is 75% of a new 550b with Dillon dies, it's all relative. I bought both my SDB's for less than $200 nett after making deals selling off extra conversions and such and still ended up with 5 conversions/toolheads for myself shared between 2 machines.
    The OP could sell brass and the extra conversion if not needed could be sold to offset the cost even further.
    There is a member here on the GT forum that just sold (2) 550bs here locally in my area, set-up in 9mm or .45 with strongmounts/bullet trays and roller handles for $325 each and yet another set-up in .223 rifle for $375.
    I would hope that when the Op sends it in Dillon just throws a new 550b in a box and sends it to him...


    If you need any manuals you can go to thier website and download them for FREE.
     
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  11. GioaJack

    GioaJack Conifer Jack

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    HA! The flatlander got in trouble! I'm so happy I could break out in unabashed dance... :dancingbanana: dancingbanana: :dancingbanana: :dancingbanana:


    Jack
     
  12. fredj338

    fredj338

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    Jack, do you have to give those bananas Viagra to get them dance like that?:rofl:
    I sold my extra 550B to buddy. one conversion, primer warning, extra tool head & some other little goodies for $325. It didn't need refurbishing, he's happy, I'm happy, everyone is reloading, life is good.
     
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  13. Bob2223

    Bob2223 Jack's buddy!

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    OK thats it !
    I aint never postin here again !
     
  14. Colorado4Wheel

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    So when you send it in for a refurb are they going to restore it to good running condition or UPDATE it and restore it. I always thought it was just a restore. They MAY update it at the same time but it was not a requirment for them to do that.
     
  15. Bello

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    why do you think dillon cost so damn much? cause they fix and give you everything for the rest of your life for free
     
  16. Colorado4Wheel

    Colorado4Wheel

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    Thats not true in my experiance. You have a old press with old style powder measure they do not just uprgrade you to the never version of the powder measure for the heck of it. It needs to be broken and then they would just replace the broken parts. But you would not get the associated parts for the upgrade.
     
  17. saltydog452

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    I gotta ask...

    what is SDB, LNL, &

    who is Brian E?

    Thanks,

    salty
     
  18. GioaJack

    GioaJack Conifer Jack

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    Little Stevie is right, (I think I just threw-up a little). I have two of the older spring actuated powder measures on the 550 and SD and if I want to upgrade them to the fail-safe system I have to pay for it.

    Really don't hold it against Dillon though... I bought the product I wanted for the price I agreed to with a warranty... not a lifetime supply of 'new' products.


    Jack
     
  19. Boxerglocker

    Boxerglocker Jacks #1 Fan

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    Actually in most cases they will upgrade to the newer "Improved" failsafe powder measure. I know a few guys that sent thiers in and had to request that the older one (spring loaded) left be as is. They feel it runs smoother.