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pulled the trigger on a Dillon 550 today

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by BIGGUNS911, Oct 29, 2011.


  1. BIGGUNS911

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    I pulled the trigger and won a Dillon 550 on Ebay today. Lightly used, parts kit and 1" bench wrench for $405.00 with shipping. I hope I did okay on price and quality. The prices I was seeing I think I'm in the game. Now to get all the other stuff I will need :whistling:.
     

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    That's a pretty good deal... Did it include a caliber conversion and perhaps dies?
     

  3. BIGGUNS911

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    No on both, I'm thinking of going Lee on the dies, what do you all think on that?
     
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    Lee sizing and seating dies are fine.... though I find no need for the LFCD and prefer to seat and crimp in separate stations.... Just getting Dillons would be my move.
     
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    Kittery Trading Post has the 550 brand new for $399 shipped.
     
  6. Colorado4Wheel

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    That is with out a caliber conversion. So actual price is higher then a machine from Dillon if you need a caliber conversion.
     
  7. RustyFN

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    I use Lee dies on my 550, they work fine.
     
  8. BIGGUNS911

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    "Kittery Trading Post has the 550 brand new for $399 shipped."


    Man you two know how to make a new reloaded feel great. Well I suspect that will not be the first costly mistake I make in this project. I'm still happy with it and it is what it is.
     
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    Just keep your reloading mistakes the cash costly kind and not the bloody kind and you will be alright.
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    Don't worry about people sniping at you. At least you jumped into the game, there's plenty of people that read this forum that have every excuse under the sun for not reloading (lack of time/money/fear of killing themselves)
     
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    i use lee traper crimp dies in 9mm, 40 s&w, 45acp on my two 550. i don't have any dillon dies, heard they are good. i use rcbs and other brands.
     
  12. PCJim

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    Any standard thread dies will work in the toolhead. I use primarily Lee, with some RCBS, Hornady/Pacific and Dillon in the mix.

    Don't sweat whether you got the absolute best deal around. Once you've started "saving" because of your newfound hobby, you'll quickly forget about those kind of issues.

    Welcome to the reloading hobby! Get some good manuals, read and then re-read them. Ask questions, and we'll all be glad to help.
     
  13. Murphy's Law

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    Just having the 550B as your base was a good decision IMHO. I've had one for nearly 5 years and couldn't be happier. Now I find myself loading for .223, 308, 45 and 40 and enjoy every moment. You made the big leap, the rest is all down hill and plenty of enjoyment.
     
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    I was only talking about the Kittery Trading post press for $399. I don't know what you got with your press. Even small Dillon options are expensive so you could have gotten a great deal once you look at all the stuff you got.
     
  15. creophus

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    Good job on that press purchase. That price is fine.

    I use Lee and Dillon dies. I'd recommend Dillon dies as they seem to have a better bevel on the mouth of the die and seem to run a little faster in the 550.
     
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    Congrats on the 550. I use RCBS, Dillon and Lee dies on my 550. They all work fine.
     
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    Maybe post the link to the press you won. Maybe people here can tell you what else you need to get your new 500 up and running.
     
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    You got a fair price, not a great deal, but a fair price. The Lee dies will work fine, but you may need the Dillon die lock rings, the Lee are kind of thick & large on the tight tool head. Most prefer seating & crimping in separate steps, but if you want a powder cop or lock/out, then you can use the one die for both. It's agreat machine, more than enough for the average competative shooter's needs.
     
  19. BIGGUNS911

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    Thanks all that makes me feel better. It should be hear in a few days and I will put up a list of things that came with it and some pics (if i can remember how to post pic).
     
  20. Beanie-Bean

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    Congrats on the 550! RRTX11 here on the forum was gracious enough to have me over at his place to check out his 550 setup, and it really provided the encouragement I needed to jump into the reloading arena.

    Just be sure to create a list of the things you'll need (see the sticky at the top of this forum for more info) and try (yes, try...) to stay within budget if you can. It's a lot of learning, a lot of fun, and the guys here will let you know what works best and what doesn't.

    Have fun!
     
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