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Dillon RL 550 on the way!

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by B_RAD, Nov 4, 2010.

  1. B_RAD

    B_RAD

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    Just ordered one from Brian Enos. All I got was the press, cc, dies and a bench wrench. The prices for primer flip tray seemed a little expensive on his site. I'm pretty sure I've bought on for about $4 a long time ago. Anyone ever heard of a Simple Digital Scale? The local gun store has them for $39. I could have bought the Dillon Elimanator balance one but it's $54. I'm going to buy flip tray, tumbler, scale somewhere else. I've got calipers. Does Midway have good prices on all that?
     
  2. XDRoX

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    Congrat's.
    I'd spring for the Dillon scale. You certainly don't want a cheap scale.
    The Dillon flip tray is expensive, but it's built to last. Weighs like half a pound:supergrin:
     

  3. PCJim

    PCJim Senior Member

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    Congrats on your purchase. The 550 is a well built press and will suit the majority of reloaders very well for their entire lifetimes. I consider mine will become a heirloom.

    Personally, go for the beam scale. It may seem a bit pricy, but they don't go bad and will last you forever. Also consider the 5-0-5 style which is available from several vendors. Google 505 scale for images. Do NOT go with an inexpensive digital scale - you will become much too frustrated with their tendancies to vary from charge to charge, may not react to trickle charging, battery sensitivity, etc.

    I still use a RCBS plastic flip tray from the early 80's - they may seem cheap but if not abused, will last a long time. A tumbler is not a necessity, but certainly helps in keeping your brass, dies and chambers clean, not to mention that clean brass is much easier to examine for problems.

    If you will be reloading bottleneck cases, don't forget the case lube - the brand/type is debatable, the need unrefrutable. If reloading straightwalled cases, it will not be necessary.

    Again, congrats.
     
  4. IndyGunFreak

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    I agree w/ everything said above. A friend of mine picked up the RCBS primer flipper for $5 I do believe... If it's not to late, I'd add the Dillon Beam Scale to your order. It's quite a bit cheaper than the RCBS 505. Cheap digitals, are just that, cheap.. You'll simply end up frustrated.

    FWIW.. My buddy picked up this Flip tray at Gander Mountain for $5 on sale... http://www.midsouthshooterssupply.com/item.asp?sku=000449480
     
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  5. GioaJack

    GioaJack Conifer Jack

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    Even after the recent election results you still decided to go with the BLUE, Democratic, Oppressive and Socialistic press as opposed to the RED, Republican, Self-Reliant, Freedom loving press! Will the populace never learn?


    (Congratulations, you'll love the press. :supergrin:)


    Jack
     
  6. ron59

    ron59 Bustin Caps

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    Bought mine last year... started reloading first of July (2009). Got almost 25,000 rounds on it so far. You'll love it.
     
  7. Hooray
    Another soldier for BLUE!
     
  8. Bob2223

    Bob2223 Jack's buddy!

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    Congrats ! :thumbsup:


    Bob
     
  9. B_RAD

    B_RAD

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    I just called BE and added the elimanator. He was able to add it to my order that way it would save me the extra shipping cost. Great service! Should be here Tues!
     
  10. IndyGunFreak

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    Great choice, you won't regret it.

    IGF
     
  11. unionman

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    Yeah another blue They are the best
     
  12. Boxerglocker

    Boxerglocker Jacks #1 Fan

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    Congrats... Red or Blue, it don't matter... it's a natural progression to the sport of shooting that in itself will bring you enjoyment as well... not to mention save you $$$ in the long run :supergrin:
     
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  13. GioaJack

    GioaJack Conifer Jack

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    Oh man, if there's one thing I can't stand it's logic... where the hell is the fun in that? :crying:


    Jack
     
  14. Boxerglocker

    Boxerglocker Jacks #1 Fan

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    :tongueout: Got ya didn't I?!
     
  15. GioaJack

    GioaJack Conifer Jack

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    Aren't you supposed to be waxing an airplane or something?

    Oh, have someone check those engines, apparently they're falling off in mid-air. Maybe stronger duct tape? :dunno:


    Jack
     
  16. Boxerglocker

    Boxerglocker Jacks #1 Fan

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    That was a Quantas Airbus A380.... I'm Boeing, Prefight and Delivery Quality Assurance...US made...

    I'll send ya a "If it ain't Boeing, I ain't going" bumper sticker for your LNL. :cool:
     
  17. Be VERRRRRY careful with a digital scale that measures everything from ounces to grams to grains to carats. It's very easy to see a "g" (which means grams) and think it's a "gr" (which means grains). Yes, the manual explains all that but I still made the mistake. What is really needed, especially for a noobie, is a scale that reads ONLY in grains. :crying:
     
  18. dudel

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    Congrats on the 550b. I got mine from BE as well. Good service and all the parts showed up.

    I'd highly recommend a beam scale (any but the Lee) over a cheap digital. The Lee works; but all the others are easier to use.

    The Dillon flipper is an interesting option. It works well; but I agree it's pricey. If I was burning bucks, I'd get one; but since I don't I'll stick with my square RCBS plastic one. I've had it 20 years, and it continues to work just fine. I have noticed that some of the concentric rings are becoming worn. At 50+ years old; almost any primer flipper out there would be a lifetime purchase; so it just depends on how crazy I get. The Dillon flipper is the kind of thing that you'd like to get as a gift; but is hard to spend the money on.
     
  19. Bello

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    i dont understand how "HARD" you think the lee scale is to use? the instructions explain it perfectly and i have no problems with mine?
     
  20. njl

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    I got started about two years ago with an RL550B kit from BE. I also bought my scale elsewhere...though not even a cheap one...a Lyman X1000P. I just got the Dillon Eliminator after getting fed up with the Lyman's malfunctions. Save your money and just buy a beam scale. They're slower to use than digital, but the good ones work and will keep working. Digital...maybe you'll get a good one, maybe you won't. Maybe it'll freak out and start drifting, maybe it won't.

    The last straw with mine was when I dumped a charge on it that should have weighed about 4gr, and the display didn't change at all from 0.00. At this point, it usually works within 0.1gr of the Dillon immediately after being calibrated, but I can leave a sample on it for a few minutes and watch the display drift by several tenths of a grain. And wouldn't you know it...the warranty was 1 year...so it's out of warranty.