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Dillon 550B

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by Shadetreeman, Apr 4, 2011.

  1. Shadetreeman


    Mar 23, 2011
    Man I really like this thing. I have had it only for about a month and have loaded about 1200 rounds on it and it does not skip a beat. It really keeps it adjustment great, like with in .002. I’m fully addicted to this reloading thing now.
  2. AngelDeville

    AngelDeville NoHablaMexican

    Feb 3, 2008
    My bench just sprouted a Square deal too, along with my 550...

  3. Big Bird

    Big Bird NRA Life Member

    Aug 7, 2003
    Louisville KY
    I've had my 550b for over 20 years and its easily loaded 300,000 rounds. Absolutely awesome press. I will tell you this though. Over time you WILL encounter issues. Something will gum up or go out of adjustment. That's just the nature of progressive reloading and trust me I've owned em all...Lee, Hornady, RCBS etc.

    So here's my advice. When you have a problem do exactly as Dillon used to advertise" "DON'T SUFFER IN SILENCE!" The minute you begin to see something not right pick up the phone and call the 800 number. Dillon trains ALL its customer service reps on the machines and 99% of the time they will walk you through the problem and have you back up and running in minutes. If something breaks they will send you a new part free of charge. They are really really good at this. The handful of times I had problems with adjusting something, primers not feeding etc they helped me figure out the problem and get back up in production in no time....sometimes it was as simple as some dirt falling under the primer seat...

    Enjoy the Dillon--nobody makes a better machine and nobody has better customer service!
  4. ron59

    ron59 Bustin Caps

    Jan 3, 2009
    Smyrna, GA
    I live my 550B, but I'm just having too much difficulty keeping up with my shooting. Definitely getting a new press (650/1050), but the new press will be dedicated to 9mm, will keep the 550B for .45ACP, I don't shoot nearly as much of that.

    But I'm shooting 1500-2000 per month, if you're shooting less than that (or have more spare time), the 550B is definitely a great press.
  5. cowboy1964


    Sep 4, 2009
    A 550B is in my near-term future. I'd like to load 200 rounds in 30 minutes rather than 75.
  6. ron59

    ron59 Bustin Caps

    Jan 3, 2009
    Smyrna, GA
    I can load 300 rounds in 30 minutes fairly easily... but 30 minutes is about my limit. That's being totally focused, and cranking out ammo.

    I'll do 30 minutes, take a break and look at GT for awhile, then go back for another 30 minutes.
  7. shotgunred

    shotgunred local trouble maker

    Mar 1, 2008
    Washington (the state)
    The 550B is a great press just keep your primer feeding slide clean.
  8. 9 and 10 mm Fan

    9 and 10 mm Fan

    Jan 6, 2004
    Slightly off topic - Does the 550 require you to manually turn the shell plate? I have a Square Deal B that doesn't, but a friend who was looking to buy a new press insists that the 550 does. I am thihnking about getting a 550 so I can do rifle rounds also.
  9. Colorado4Wheel


    Nov 2, 2006
    Yes, You manual index the plate. Some people hate it, some people love it. To me the 550 is the perfect press because of it's ergonomics and simplicity. I can load 100 rds in around 8 mins with a 550. Most people are in the 10 min range. Get the 650 if you want autoindexing. But if you don't need a casefeeder the 550 does not suffer much from not having it.
  10. fredj338


    Dec 22, 2004
    My 1st progressive some 25yrs ago, still use one. Easiest one to use IMO, especially for newb reloaders.
  11. Shadetreeman


    Mar 23, 2011
    I agree Fred, I’m a newbie and it’s very easy to use and I like turning the shell plate by hand, makes me focus more on what I’m doing.