What is the most popular progressive press?

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by CarryTexas, Feb 25, 2017.

  1. Dillon 650

    23 vote(s)
    24.5%
  2. Dillon 550

    49 vote(s)
    52.1%
  3. Hornady

    11 vote(s)
    11.7%
  4. Lee Load Master

    7 vote(s)
    7.4%
  5. Other

    11 vote(s)
    11.7%
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  1. CarryTexas

    CarryTexas

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    I am curious as to what the most popular progress press might be... I currently load on a Hornady LnL AP, but I really like the Dillon 650...

    What are you all loading on?
     
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    RCBS Pro 2000 auto-index. 6 cartridges on it, and it has been great. Not too many of us with that one.
     

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    Getting used to a 550B.
     
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    Uboofer

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    Got a Dillon 550 and just bought a 650. Have thousands of rounds out of my 550 and it's been great. The 650 is set up for 9mm but will be expanded to 45acp. Dillon. Best in the business without a doubt.
     
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    Dillon Square Deal for pistol rounds...........
     
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    Best selling Dillon is probably the 550 but I got the impression over the years that most would prefer a 650 or 1050 if cost for press and caliber changes wouldn't be a concern. Quite a few longtime reloaders end up with several Dillons, usually keeping 1050(s) set up for 1 caliber or 1 primer size.

    My favorite is the 1050, even though I only own one. I actually enjoy changing calibers. If caliber changes and time would be a factor, I'd own 3 x 1050s. Small primer setup, large primer setup and one for case prep.
     
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  8. Hoser

    Hoser Ninja

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    1050, 550, Co-Ax and Spolar.
     
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    I have loaded on all of those progressives and then some. My favorite isn't on your list but than again you would have to know sales numbers to judge popularity.

    That said McDonald's sells millions more burgers a day than my favorite burger place. It's been many years since I've had a McD's burger but popularity didn't equate to greatness in that case either...
     
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    Dillon got it right introducing the best progressives & everyone else has been playing catch up. I run a 550 & 650. Probably doesnt get any better than 650 for the $$$, but it does need the case feeder for best results. The new rcbs looks promising, but if soending that much, i would go 1050.
     
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    sciolist On the Border

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    Not sure what the question is.

    I think the 550 is the best all-around progressive, the 650 is the best value for a more volume-oriented user, and the 1050 is by far the best for serious production volume.

    I own a 550 and 1050.

    If you're talking about popularity among serious practical pistol shooters, I think the 650 is probably the most common press.
     
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    I started reloading in December with the Dillon 550B. It's a great press for a new reloader to learn the process of making quality ammunition.
     
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    I started out with a 550b in 1996 cost $298.00 back then, and 8 yrs ago I picked up a SDB with lots of extra stuff, tumbler, etc and a couple 50cal ammo boxes full of loaded 45's from a guy who's brother passed away for $75.00 set up for 45 acp. Both great machines!
     
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    550.
    Dillon customer for life.
    had another manufacturers press years ago.
    Dillon is MUCH better.
     
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    unclebob DFC, MSM, 12 Air Medals.

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    Loaded 20 years, had a little over 200,000 rds. loaded on it. sold it and bought the 650 and have never looked back.
     
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    willie_pete NRA Life Member

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    Two 650's and three 550's and a LNL.

    wp
     
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    For pistol Only, the SDB is one of the best.

    Everyone should have at least 1-550 in their collection.
    The 650's for volume and a 1050 for processing brass.
    I have all but the SDR. Using the 1050 to process brass. It just crossed the 90K threshold. One has to look at overall cost per caliber. The 650 is fine, unless you are not mechanically inclined as there's a few things doing on when in motion.
    The 1050.... price per tool head has kept it out or the mix for numerous calibers.
    The 550 is a no brainer, you could leave between stations for luinch or other need to do's , come back and nothing has changed. Every thing is in the sameplace you left it. My RCBS single stage is over < there, on the other bench
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    SBray NRA & Second Amendment Life Member

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    I voted for the 550 when reloading metallic shells. As for shotgun, I'm a MEC fan and really love using the 9000H for my 12 gauge shells, and the 9000 Grabber 8567N for 28 gauge shells.

    I'd like to try a 650, but having two 550's and a SDB, I can't justify another reloader based on the amount I shoot.

    Steve
     
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    I think most people choose the 550 over the 650 is the price of the press and the price of the conversions. Other than the cost which is really minimal over the life time you will own the press.
    You will have a better priming system, and a safer press and faster. The really only differences between the two is the 650 feeds the case, and auto indexing. Every time a person post that makes me cringe, they say they like the 550 is when something goes wrong you can backup the shell plate. A KB waiting to happen.
    Another thing I'm not a believer in is when people having different press’s that operate differently. Some people will say it doesn't bother them. Some will understand when they get older.
    Every progressive press you can walk away from. Just leave the handle down. If you have like the LCT press. Leave the handle down under the powder measure.That way the powder is not packing down in the cavity of the powder measure.
    The price some people pay for two 550 you can have one 650 with case feeder and another primer assembly and with money left over. Unless you are only loading one or two hundred rounds at a time. By the time you convert the 650 over you can load more rounds in a shorter span of time than with the 550. At least that has been my experience. Takes me 7 to 10 minutes to convert.
    I loaded for 20 years on a 550 and almost the same on the 650. The older I get the more I like the 650.
     
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