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New Dillon BL 550

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by EL_NinO619, Oct 12, 2010.


  1. EL_NinO619

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    I think it stands for "Broke Loser" so i might be in line for a new press Boys. I think i could slowly build it up, and use what i have for now. Will different Powder throwers work on it, And Lee dies? I have to add $80 for the auto prime. Or should i just wait and buy the complete package, they are about the same if you piece them out. It just puts a smile on my face to think i am only $250 dollars away from the end of the ridicule.:supergrin:

    http://www.dillonprecision.com/#/content/p/9/pid/25792/catid/1/BL_550_Basic_Loader
     

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  2. fredj338

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    I wouldn't piece it together, just buy the complete 550B. Yes, the Lee dies will work, but you might want to change the lock rings. You can get an adapter for other powder measures, not sure if the Lee will work.
     

  3. Boxerglocker

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    Just save up a little more and go with the RL 550B. I agree with Fred, go with the press, with Dillon powder drop and dillon lock rings using your Lee dies. Buy it from Brian Enos you'll save and get free on the shipping if you spend $400 which is the cost of the press alone. Regardless of what others may think the spare parts IMHO is a must purchase, $16.95 spent now will save alot of agrevation should something go down the night before you are loading for a match. Dillon will always replace what you use with a phone call the day after.
     
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  4. EL_NinO619

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    Ya i think you guys are right. Piecing it out would mean extra shipping. I just got a little excited when XD txt me about a cheap dillon. I just want a new toy..Darn economy. I will sell my soul like jack and get a 1050 some day..LOL. Plus i am kinda digging those dillon dies, very well crafted..
     
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    I agree and have to say that I too am impressed by the Dillon dies. I nearly upgraded to the entire Redding Competition line but really all I want/need is the micrometer seating die capability. A 9mm dedicated 650, crimp is crimp so that will never change. The easy disassembly feature for cleaning of the sizing decapping dies is a great too.
     
  6. ColdShot

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    How u gonna prime ? IMO the press is solid as a rock,I got one a few weeks ago
    For me the perfect 550 does not use the Dillon powder charger though,I ditched the one that came with my press as I find it to be less than stellar in accuracy and design
    so I use another brand ..Dillon dies are the best I have seen yet but the lock rings are a bit touchy trying to move them in small amounts with a wrench is not as easy as a Lee with a knob.....My fav press is Red,Blue and Green LOL
     
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  7. shotgunred

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    The Dillon powder charger throws very consistently. It maybe not the very best powder charge system but it is good enough for 98% of us. With the powders I use for pistol it has never creeped off the charge and is very consistent.
     
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    I must have a bad one then,I cant get my POS to do anything right
    I dont see how it could be one of the best though,its not very smooth going up and down but for me loads are all over the place with
    Unique and Universal so far,I may try again or I may sell it and never look back.....Im not sure yet
    It was for me the least impressive part of the package for me
     
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  9. shotgunred

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    My ego is not attached to my press. I use PP, WSF, WST. tight Group, AA5 and a couple of others for my AR. My checks in the middle of the session have always been spot on. I certianly think they could improve the adjustment screw. I put a floweret on mine to make it easier. (steve tip). If you decide to sell it I am sure someone here will grab it.

    Good luck to ya.
     
  10. Boxerglocker

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    I agree with Shotgun, beauty is it's a Dillon just give them a call, tell them your problem and chances are real good the resilution will arrive to you doorstep a few short days later. :supergrin:
     
  11. Colorado4Wheel

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    No reason to buy a stripped down frame of a 550 when you really want the 550B. You could use the Lee Powder measure (or any powder measure that charges the case and flares at the same time). If it doesn't flare and charge at the same time it's going to hinder your die setup a little. You will have to seat and crimp at the same time.

    As far as the Dillon powder measure being a poor performer. Thats just not true. No powder measure does great with Unique. Universal works fine in the Dillon. My Dillon will throw Unique consistent if I do the right things.
     
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    I've used Solo 1000, TiteGroup, WSF, and have had NO problems with any of them being VERY consistent.

    Unique is *known* to not meter well in many measures... I think because it is a "flake" powder as opposed to a "ball shaped" powder? I read about Unique not metering well and have avoided it. The thing is... this is not special to Dillon's powder measure:

    http://www.brianenos.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=79437

    http://www.thehighroad.us/archive/index.php/t-257006.html

    Here's a post that mentions "flake" powders metering poorly in general:
    http://forum.pafoa.org/ammunition-reloading-25/112646-40-cal-reloading-question.html

    http://thefiringline.com/forums/showthread.php?t=419298

    Simply do a Google for "unique powder measures poorly", and just see how many results you get.

    Don't blame the Dillon powder measure. Blame the powder. :whistling:
     
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    coldshot i will buy your powder measure need another for new toolhead anyway. pm me
     
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    Seems strange that people have been using a bunch of Unique for well over 50 years without any problems. Huh, maybe I'm in a drug induced haze and I'm just not remembering correctly.


    Jack
     
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    I have no issues with Unique.......Actually it was Universal I was using that was metering
    poorly for me and I have the blue tuning wheel,that was the first thing I bought,I cant for the life of me think why they would want u to use a wrench? Im not sure what shape Hodgons stuff is considered but it meters fine in my ole cheapo powder hopper...
    I have a few tricks to try before I toss in the towel
     
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    That's odd, most will tell you Universal meters better than Unique. Adjust the powder return so it is snug, polish the interior of the measure & mine runs Unique w/ 0.1gr accuracy. Good enough for 99.9% of my measuring needs. The Dillon doesn't work well for me w/ stick powders, but that is easy, just don't use stick powders in it.:supergrin:
    BTW, the idea behind the wrench is set it & forget it. It really can't come out of adjustment. The micro adjustment by Unitek is very nice, I just haven't pulled the trigger on one yet.
     
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    I added a micrometer adjuster to my powder measures. Available from http://www.uniquetek.com/

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    Yeah, but your content with how it meters. It's not a perfect metering powder for most people. You don't get hung up on the little crap that drives some people nuts. It worked find for Zombie on my 550. Better then the .2 gr I hear people banter about.
     
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    Mine should be here any day now... Got the spreadsheet from uniquetex emailed to me today, can't wait...new toy for the new toy! :drool:
     
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    If you are installing it yourself. FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS. Which of course means you should probably read them as well.