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Personal Progressive Press Experiences

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by glock20c10mm, Jul 20, 2011.

  1. glock20c10mm


    Dec 4, 2004
    Out West
    Which progressive press(es) do you own?

    How old is it or are they?

    How many rounds have you loaded with it/them? (educated guesses are fine)
  2. Kenjones

    Kenjones I Glock that

    Dec 25, 2001
    Southwest WA
    Dillon 550B, about 18 years old, 20-25,000 rounds and still going...

  3. natgas


    Mar 14, 2010
    Edmond, OK
    Dillon 550b, 650, both 6 months old, about 11,000 rounds total
  4. fredj338


    Dec 22, 2004
    I have had two 550B, one was 25yrs old, easily over 150K rds, sold it to a friend last year & he is still loading on it. The other 550B is maybe 18yrs old, probably 50K rds on that one. The 650 is only a year old, less than 4K rounds on it but I am working on that.
  5. Boxerglocker

    Boxerglocker Jacks #1 Fan

    Mar 6, 2003
    Lynnwood, WA
    Started on a LCT 2.5 years ago bought new loaded 3-4K of 9mm / .40 in a couple months then realized I needed something faster.
    Then owned 2 SDB's that I purchased used loaded maybe 35K combined in 9mm/.40S&W/.380ACP/.45ACP over 18 months or so. Made the consolidation to all 9mm for games and personal defense and upgraded to a new XL650 started on it 10 months ago 19-21K loaded of 9mm and .223 so far.
  6. Colorado4Wheel


    Nov 2, 2006
    550. Only about 4 years. Over 100K rounds.
    LCT (twice now) Not a lot of rounds. Maybe 5K total.
    LnL 6 months, Maybe 4K rounds.
    650. Perhaps 4K rounds or more in 3 months or so.
    Last edited: Jul 21, 2011
  7. Hoser

    Hoser Ninja

    May 22, 2002
    3 Dillon 1050s. 100K+ of ammo loaded around 75-100K pieces of 300 Whisper formed/trimmed on one of them. One is 10-12 years old, an early Super that replaced my reallllllly old RL-1050 that had 200-250K. Another showed up in 2005 and a third in 2008.

    2 Dillon 550s. 10-15K. 10 years old.

    Spolar hydro shotshell reloader that replaced a Hornady APEX. 18-20K. 4 years old.

    My first progressive was a RCBS Ammo master that I bought in 1994 when I came home from Somalia. It was not a very good progressive press. These days it is no longer a progressive, it loads 50 BMG.
  8. jmorris


    Apr 13, 2006
    2 SD's 25 years old, I would bet each has had at least 100k loaded in their life. Both have been back home a time or two over the years for free tune ups.

    2 650's not sure of age as I didn't buy them new. I load at least 20,000 rounds a year with them.

    2 366's again used 1000/yr

    1 LNL a few years old 500/yr +- (it was cheap)

    1050 5yr old +-, 7-10k/yr
  9. GioaJack

    GioaJack Conifer Jack

    Apr 14, 2009
    Conifer, CO
    I only buy and shoot factory, better ammo and much cheaper.

  10. fredj338


    Dec 22, 2004
    Plus you don't have to carry a new press upstairs every couple years.:tongueout: The butler probably handles the ammo for you.
  11. GTRhino24

    GTRhino24 Blazin' 10mm x2

    Jun 9, 2011
    Hoover, AL
    Dillon SDB - 10mm - 1 month - 1000rds and counting...
  12. shotgunred

    shotgunred local trouble maker

    Mar 1, 2008
    Washington (the state)
    Dillon 550 4 years 60 K or so. Sold it for #35 less than I payed for it.
    Dillon 650 less than a year. about 3K so far.
    Lee turret press. 20 years. I have no Idea how many rounds, a lot less than the 550.
    Rock chucker 20 years. I have no Idea how many rounds, this was my main press for ever. Three of us loaded on it so it could easily be well over 100 K.
    LNL AP. a month, with less than a thousand rounds.

    Presses I would buy again.
    • Rock chucker
    • Dillon 550
    • Dillon 650
  13. ron59

    ron59 Bustin Caps

    Jan 3, 2009
    Smyrna, GA
    Dillon 550B.
    2 years....

    ~40,000 rounds (mostly 9mm, 2000 were .45ACP)
  14. unclebob


    Oct 14, 2000
    Mary Esther FL
    Dillon 550 about 13 years 200,000 rds. And sold it and bought the Dillon 650 18 years 200,000+rds.
  15. Ceapea


    Apr 12, 2010
    RCBS RS2, single stage. I received it last August, 14,000+ rounds so far!! :wow:

    Not a progressive but, a bunch of rounds in a year.
    Last edited: Jul 21, 2011
  16. n2extrm


    Feb 24, 2009
    My first was a 550b, loaded thousands and thousands of rounds of everything, pistol rifle, everything I shot. I loved the press but hated the primer slide. I think I ran it for 7 years or so? I don't really remember.

    I have 2 650s now. The first was set up along side the 550 and has 4-5K or so rounds through it, just about a year old. I liked it so much more then my 550 that Isold the 550and bought a second 650. Close to 9 months or so old. I Have probably 2-3K rounds through it and still love it too.

    ETA: All my rifle is being done with a singel stage these days, but I do plan to go back to the 650 for .223 soon. I domiss the simplisity of the 550 sometimes. It is easier if you want to clear a problemor if you want to load rifle almost like a single stage. Some folks have no issues with the primer slide on the 550.
    Last edited: Jul 21, 2011
  17. ron59

    ron59 Bustin Caps

    Jan 3, 2009
    Smyrna, GA
    I hear you. Mine worked pretty dang good for the first 30,000 or so rounds. Not so much lately. I had called them back in Feb/March... turned out a "gouge" from where the spent primer catcher rubs the primer slide was causing the problem? I guess? Because it worked okay for another 4k or so, but now it just constantly catches.

    Called them on Tuesday... they're sending a new slide AND the primer housing (where the slide slides through) to me. Hopefully that will take care of things.
  18. bxny10455


    Sep 12, 2008
    Southern Cal
    550b & a LnL AP both less than a year. Over 3k combine rounds.

    "They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety"- Benjamin Franklin
  19. noylj


    Jul 20, 2010
    I have gone through a Hornady Pro-Jector, Pro 7, and a L-N-L. Loved every one of them.
    Tried a 550 and 650 and didn't like them--to used to the ergonomics of the Hornady.
    Now, I also have three Dillon 1050s, the only press I have even tried that was "better" than my Horndadies.
    650 was OK, but you HAVE to have a case feeder to enjoy it. Loading 20-25 bullets into a tube every few minutes gets old fast. Never even considered a case feeder for the L-N-L, it is comfortable to use.
    Have no experience with RCBS or Lee.
    Do know that the Dillon powder measure is easier to use than the Hornady (not better, just easier) and whatever powder measure you use, get cartridge-specific powder-through expander inserts (Dillon calls theirs "powder funnels").
  20. Tpro

    Tpro On the mark

    May 12, 2011
    Right side of Washington
    LnL AP for about 10 months.

    About 25000 rounds, as I load 2500 rd/month on average.

    Only 1 adjustment. I adjusted the right pawl to correct case alignment.

    Other than that it has been 100%

    I would tell any first time reloader to consider the LnL AP. Easy to master, almost bullet proof and very upgradeable.

    What else could you want?

    I would say that I was priviledged enough to be allowed to see the collection of presses a friend has. He has 2 LnL AP's a couple of LM's (one is in pieces...everyone should see that) 2 650's, a 550b, some single stage presses of which I don't remember the brands. I looked them all over and even used a few of them. That was how I settled on the LnL AP. Only after I made the decision on which press I was going to purchase (I actually ordered the press in front of him) did he tell me his opinions of the presses. He didn't want to influence my decision. He has actually become a evry close associate and I have had my learning curve steepened due to his ability to teach and think. So a public thanks to him here (I know he reads this stuff but usually doesn't post) THANK YOU UNCLE CLIFFY!!!