Dillon 550b Auto Case feeder?

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  1. Big Bird

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    Was wondering if any of you are running the new auto case feeder on your 550b? Want to hear if it works well or is finicky. Was it worth the $250 or so they ask for it or would I be better off with a 650 with a case feeder?

    I've had my 550 for over 20 years and the prospect of upgrading it with a case feeder is attractive as long as its not more trouble than its worth...

    Thanks!
     
  2. jmorris

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    For what round(s)?
     

  3. Colorado4Wheel

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    IMHO it's more trouble then it's worth. It makes the press very hard to access. Its not as reliable in the shuttle area as other Dillon case feeders. It's now a PITA to convert calibers. I hated it on my press.
     
  4. sciolist

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    I can't imagine how you wouldn't be better off with a 650. The case feeder doesn't blend with manual indexing. Let the 550 be a 550.
     
  5. kf4zra

    kf4zra I miss ya Murph

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    Def go with the 650, auto indexing is awesome, plus its casefeeder can do rifle as well
     
  6. Hoser

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    I few guys local to me have them and they are not worth it. They take too much tinkering to keep them working 100%.

    If you must have a casefeeder, just get a 650 or a 1050.

    The 550 casefeeder is the only thing blue that I don't recommend to people, and I am a total Dillon fanboy.
     
  7. BigDog[RE]

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    I bought one, used it for awhile, took it off because it is a pita to keep running properly.
     
  8. norton

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    This one is mine. It is currently set up to load 45 Colt. I also load and use the casefeeder for .45 acp, .38 Special and .357. I also have conversion kits for 9mm although I have not loaded any 9 on my 550 yet.
    I bought the casefeeder 4 or 5 years ago. I love it. It reduces hand movement, and allows concentration on the powder drop and bullet seating operations.
    At first I had issues with .45 Colt. It would occasionally drop a case sideways, where it would be crushed when I raised the ram. Some adjustment and it now will flip a case maybe one out of a hundred.
    Do note-I deprime and resize off press. I prefer to do it this way. Doing this work off press I can watch TV while performing this basic operation. And I never have to clean the primer slide. I also deprime and resize but also prime off press with my Lee Loadmaster.
    YMMV
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  9. marchboom

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    Too noisy, IMO. I like it relatively quiet when I do my loading. I'm sure You Tube has a video showing it in action so you could hear how it sounds.
     
  10. halfmoonclip

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    How much hand motion can you actually save with the case feeder? I grab brass right, bullet left and go. The great thing about the 550 is its relative simplicity; no need to fook with that.
    Moon
     
  11. jmorris

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    In your case 50%, if my math is correct.
     
  12. halfmoonclip

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    LOL. John, that is true, but I have the brass bin and the bullet box arranged that I don't have to reach very far, so my hand motion is at a minimum, and since I do both hands at the same time, there is no time lost.
    Moon
     
  13. norton

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    The main advantage to me is I don't have to look away from the powder drop and bullet seating operations. As the late great Jack G said, when you get older any reduction on hand movement while reloading is a plus.
     
  14. norton

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    I find your complaint about it being too noisy ironic, considering your avatar. :car: