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Two Dillons side by side (question)

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by SigFTW, Dec 14, 2012.

  1. SigFTW


    Nov 4, 2010
    Currently I have the 550B and I'm seriously thinking about buying another Dillon 550B or adding the LX650, I'm leaning towards the 650.

    My thoughts are, for one to be dedicated to my odd rounds, usually 200 rounds or less. And the other dedicated for 9mm/223.

    Anyone have a setup like this and how do you like it, was it worth the extra money?
  2. Colorado4Wheel


    Nov 2, 2006
    I sold my 550 to get a LnL and then the 650. 650 is very much worth the upgrade over the 550 for a high round count press. Switching between 9mm and .223 would not be hard. I would do it. I use a LCT for my low round count calibers. 550 is much nicer. I say do it.

  3. Boxerglocker

    Boxerglocker Jacks #1 Fan

    Mar 6, 2003
    Lynnwood, WA
    My Xl650 is set-up for primarily, though equally for 9mm and .223 it takes me about 10 minutes to switch calibers and give the press a quick clean and lube as required.
    That is utilizing separate toolheads for loading and a separate toolhead for .223 case sizing and trimming with a RT1200B.
    I'll advise you that unless you intend to go all out with your case prep on the 650, don't waste your money on an additional conversion for .223 being you have the 550. You could of course buy prepped brass from a processor already sized, trimmed and de-crimpped and load away.
  4. jmorris


    Apr 13, 2006
    Crimped primer pockets make loading them with a 650 a PITA, might think about a 1050 if you plan on loading a lot of them.

    Only down side is that it's hard to stop at just two.

    Last edited: Dec 14, 2012
  5. ron59

    ron59 Bustin Caps

    Jan 3, 2009
    Smyrna, GA
    I started out with a 550B, used it primarily for 9mm but also .45ACP (don't shoot much of that).

    I upgraded to the 650 for more speed (got the casefeeder). I could have bought the .45ACP conversion but didn't, just kept the 550B and have it dedicated to the .45 stuff.
  6. shotgunred

    shotgunred local trouble maker

    Mar 1, 2008
    Washington (the state)
    After I bought my 650 I sold my 550. I wish I hadn't. Caliber conversions are more expensive for the 650 so I am less likely to buy then for guns I don't Use very much.

    Though reloading my become the only way to shoot in the future.
  7. n2extrm


    Feb 24, 2009
    I had a 550 and added the 650 for my higher volume reloading. I shoot mostly .45 in pistol. I left the 550 set up for the small primer stuff I didn't shoot as much. Worst thing i ever did was buy that stupid 650. After a short bit of time I sold the 550 and bought another 650!

    Don't say I didn't warn you!
    Last edited: Dec 14, 2012
  8. fredj338


    Dec 22, 2004
    I ran two 550 for about 5yrs, one small, one large primers. Then I had a chance to ugrade to a 650, so I did. I use the 550B for the other like 12 calibers, the 650 for 45acp & 45colt, if I get back into CAS. I inherited the other 550, so if buying another machine, get the 650 & case feeder, you won't regret it.
  9. MoNsTeR


    Aug 24, 2003
    Lakewood, CO
    I do my volume loading on a 1050, but keep my 550 around for small lots. Worth it.
  10. SigFTW


    Nov 4, 2010
    Thanks for all the info, I'll get the 660 with case feeder.
  11. Bello

    Bello America/Italia

    Sep 24, 2008
    East Coast
    Dude is that a lambo reflection in the window? Lol j/k