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Dillon vs. Lee Dies for 45 GAP in 550B?

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by oregondrifter, Sep 2, 2010.

  1. oregondrifter

    oregondrifter

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    I am considering purchasing a Dillon 550B press. Should I use my Lee 45 GAP dies or is it worth an extra $60.00 for a set of Dillon 45 GAP/ACP dies? Thanks, OD
     
  2. XDRoX

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    Your Lee dies will work fine. Some people prefer Dillon because they have a slightly larger mouth and the cases slide in easier. Plus Dillon dies come apart easier for cleaning. That's not a big deal, but still worth a little more.

    In my experience, Dillon always costs a little more, but is worth it.
     

  3. n2extrm

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    If you allready own the dies I would give them a try. The Dillons are a little nicer but a lot of guys run Lee on a 550. The base of the dillons are a little wider and make the case enter easier, but most people have no problem with the Lee dies in a 550.

    If you don't like them or have trouble crushing cases you can allways order them then. If you had no dies I would recomend the Dillons.
     
  4. Colorado4Wheel

    Colorado4Wheel

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    My prefered setup for jacketed bullets

    Lee Sizer
    Lee Seating die/Redding COMP PRO if you have $$$$$
    Dillon or Lee crimp. It just doesn't matter.

    My preferred setup for lead.

    Lee Sizer
    Dillon everything else.

    Even though I shot mostly lead now I still have only Lee seating dies and one Dillon Crimp die. It doesn't really matter that much.
     
  5. PCJim

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    Simple answer: use your Lee dies.