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jemaddux
11-15-2006, 10:11 PM
So which reloader are you using??

bu-bye
11-15-2006, 10:36 PM
I like single stage loading to get the most accurate load I can out of my rifles rounds. On the other hand loading pistol rounds on a single stage just plain sucks. at this time I just use a Lee. Its cheap and does what it should. One of these days I'll pick up a dillion 650 but until then its my little Lee and Band of brothers to pass the time:D

big jon
11-16-2006, 3:06 AM
I hava Bonanza co-ax,RCBS,& a Old Hollywood for my single stages.
I also have a Square Deal for 38/357 & 9mm and a 650 for 40,45colt,45acp,223,308,
http://i52.photobucket.com/albums/g23/jhunter63/garage003.jpg

50ae
11-16-2006, 4:12 AM
Dillon XL650, can't say enough about this thing. The powder feed is very accurate and I love all the alarms I can put on it like the powder charge alarm. The only thing is, it is a bit of a pain to change from small to large primers so I'd like a second one set up for small primers. I've been trying to beg my sister to give me her 650 but alas, she loves it as much as I do. I have loaded hundreds of thousands of rounds on the thing and it is just a bullet proof and well designed piece of machinery.

caduckgunner
11-16-2006, 9:06 AM
A Lee Loadmaster.

ocabj
11-16-2006, 9:15 AM
RCBS Rockchucker for rifle (outfitted with Hornady Lock-n-Load bushings) and a Redding T-7 rigged up for 9mm and 45ACP.

jemaddux
11-16-2006, 9:15 AM
Dillon XL650, can't say enough about this thing. The powder feed is very accurate and I love all the alarms I can put on it like the powder charge alarm. The only thing is, it is a bit of a pain to change from small to large primers so I'd like a second one set up for small primers. I've been trying to beg my sister to give me her 650 but alas, she loves it as much as I do. I have loaded hundreds of thousands of rounds on the thing and it is just a bullet proof and well designed piece of machinery.


The only problem I have with the 650 is that I am looking into buyng a 338 Lupua and I was told that the 650 won't load the round. They said that the shell gets in the way of the auto indexer. Dillon told me to go with the 550 if I want to do .338 Lupua. I am just wondering if I should get the 650 and worry about something for the .338 later. Suggestions????:confused:

50ae
11-16-2006, 9:21 AM
If you're getting it for doing the round and Dillon says it won't load it then I'd take their advice. The 550 is awesome, I just wish it had another station on it. That powder charge checker is awesome.

If you are going to be loading thousands of rounds of pistol also then I'd get the 650 for loading pistol and the 550 or maybe a nice turret press for the 338. I can't imagine you shoot more that 20 rounds or so at once with that rifle do you?

big jon
11-16-2006, 9:33 AM
The only problem I have with the 650 is that I am looking into buyng a 338 Lupua and I was told that the 650 won't load the round. They said that the shell gets in the way of the auto indexer. Dillon told me to go with the 550 if I want to do .338 Lupua. I am just wondering if I should get the 650 and worry about something for the .338 later. Suggestions????:confused:
I don`t think that you would want to load 338 on a Dillon?
I load all my long range stuff on a single stage the precision is unbeatable.

jemaddux
11-16-2006, 9:34 AM
If you're getting it for doing the round and Dillon says it won't load it then I'd take their advice. The 550 is awesome, I just wish it had another station on it. That powder charge checker is awesome.

If you are going to be loading thousands of rounds of pistol also then I'd get the 650 for loading pistol and the 550 or maybe a nice turret press for the 338. I can't imagine you shoot more that 20 rounds or so at once with that rifle do you?


I have a .308 and .300 win mag right now. I am looking to do the loading for those and then a .338 when I get it but that won't be for a couple months. I really won't do much in the way of pistol rounds at all. I only have 9mms right now and I just buy that in bulk. Its the .300 and the .308 rounds that are getting to pricey. Right now to buy .308 HPBT 168 Gold Match is about $26 for 20 rounds. To practice and shot that gets really pricey really fast, plus I have been noticing from box to box I am getting a big difference in volicity at times (and no its not air temp and so on, they were shot at about the am time and everything was pretty close to the same). Just trying to figure out which way to go.

50ae
11-16-2006, 9:55 AM
I'd probably go with the 550 then. It's a great press.

Fjold
11-16-2006, 9:55 AM
A whole bunch
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v214/Fjold/DSC00343.jpg

thmpr
11-16-2006, 10:58 AM
Dillon 650. Will be purchasing a Dillon 550 for my future 338 Lapua rifle.
Currently load the following calibers:.223, 6.8 SPC, 6.5G.

Planning to try the 6.5 MPC. (223 case but a bulletsize of a 6.5)

ivanimal
11-16-2006, 2:15 PM
550B and a couple of old Pacific and RCBS presses. Then I have 3 presses that I will be giving to people interested in learning the craft. Big Mac gave me 7 and I have given away 4 to potential addicts. Hey, the first times free:p ..........................

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v631/ivanimal/reload.jpg

grammaton76
11-16-2006, 3:02 PM
Dillon 650 here.

Pthfndr
11-16-2006, 6:18 PM
Reloader 15 in all my .30 cal size stuff and for .223 competition loads. Reloader 22 for my Swedes :D

































And yes, I know what you're actually referring to.;)

Matt-man
11-16-2006, 6:31 PM
I run a Lee Classic Cast and a Hornady Lock-n-Load progressive. I use the Hornady for almost everything, including the majority of my rifle rounds. I only load my 600-yard rounds on the Lee, and that's because a) my hand priming tool gives me more consistent primer seating and b) I'm weighing individual charges. I'm not completely convinced I really need to do that, but it makes me feel good.

The only problem I have with the 650 is that I am looking into buyng a 338 Lupua and I was told that the 650 won't load the round. They said that the shell gets in the way of the auto indexer. Dillon told me to go with the 550 if I want to do .338 Lupua. I am just wondering if I should get the 650 and worry about something for the .338 later. Suggestions????

I think I've seen a similar issue on my Hornady. The auto-index rotates the shellplate on the way up, so with a really long case the shellplate doesn't have a chance to fully index before a case mouth hits something because it's not lined up with the dies. The 550 doesn't have that problem because you rotate the shellplate by hand before you actuate the press.

I guess you need to decide if you really want the auto-index and the case feeder on the 650 for the other rounds you're loading. In my case, I load .308 and .260 on the Hornady and I do stuff like resize as a separate process... with the case feeder and auto-index, all I have to do is pull the handle and I blaze through an entire batch of cases in no time. With pistol rounds, it really cranks 'em out.

jemaddux
11-16-2006, 6:57 PM
I am really starting to lean towards just getting the 650 and then later get a sinlge press for the .338. I have .223, .300 win mag, .308 right now so I would most likely be best with the 650. I have to go over and get a shotshell loader also. A buddy of mine passed away and his wife wanted the stuff gone so she asked me to get it. So I would have all that for shotshells, then the 650 for everything else and then get something later for the .338, I think I have a plan here:D . Now I just need to figure out how to reload:rolleyes: .

thmpr
11-16-2006, 7:15 PM
For the 338, the 550 will be the best option since the 650 will not work for a 338. Ohhh welll....

sargenv
11-16-2006, 8:17 PM
Dillon 650 for Pistol ammo.. 9mm, 38 super, 40 S&W/10 mm, 38/357 mag, and 45 acp.

RCBS Rock Chucker for 32 S&W long, .223 Rem, .30-30 Win, .308 Win.

8567 Grabber for 12 gauge target and field lead loads

Sizemaster in 12 gauge for steel shot and specialty ammo (buck or slug)

Sizemaster in 20 gauge for lead field loads and target ammo.

Vince

Whitesmoke
11-17-2006, 1:36 AM
I use a lee loadmaster for everything. I load 30-30, .308, 45 colt.
Soon I'll do .223 and 40 SW too. I use a Lyman 55 powder measure for the rifle rounds.

My M1a loaded model (M14) shoots 1 MOA with Federal GMM 175's (.308). And It shoots 3/4 MOA or better with my handloads of LC Match brass, CCI 200 primers, 41.5 gr IMR 4895, and 175 gr or 168 gr Sierra Matchking.

So GMM can be beat with a progressive...

I probably wouldn't recommend the loadmaster as it's finicky....but it works ok for the money. Maybe someday I'll try a dillon.

vega
11-18-2006, 8:52 AM
RCBS Rock chucker
Lee O-press
Lee C-press
Lee hand press

Cypriss32
11-20-2006, 4:38 PM
I use the lyman kit, does a good job but will be upgrading to that RCBS auto matic thrower and measurer!

1911jerry
11-20-2006, 4:59 PM
I use a Dillon XL650 - very nice and smoothe.

JS

tzahoy
11-20-2006, 8:19 PM
I'm another Hornady Lock N Load user. It's a great press, I wish I bought it fifteen years ago when I started. I recommend it with no reservations. It's super easy to change calibers, including primer size. If you buy it from Cabela's you get an $80 store credit!

Matt-man
11-20-2006, 9:20 PM
Plus, from now through the end of next year, you get some free bullets from Hornady if you buy some of their reloading gear: http://www.hornady.com/get_loaded.php

jtv3062
11-21-2006, 5:00 PM
I hava Bonanza co-ax,RCBS,& a Old Hollywood for my single stages.
I also have a Square Deal for 38/357 & 9mm and a 650 for 40,45colt,45acp,223,308,
http://i52.photobucket.com/albums/g23/jhunter63/garage003.jpg
BIG JON how do you like the co ax press? I've been thinking about getting one for awhile just hav'nt gotten around to getting one yet

big jon
11-21-2006, 5:29 PM
BIG JON how do you like the co ax press? I've been thinking about getting one for awhile just hav'nt gotten around to getting one yet
That was the only press I used for years, Makes the best rifle ammo.Now I don`t use it much because it`s on the other side of the table?
Good luck finding one I don`t think they made them for years now.

jtv3062
11-21-2006, 5:47 PM
I think that forester bought out bonanza, I seen presses with both names on the co-ax press. heres a link to forester http://www.forsterproducts.com/Pages/press.htm midway has presses for 189.

big jon
11-21-2006, 6:05 PM
I think that forester bought out bonanza, I seen presses with both names on the co-ax press. heres a link to forester http://www.forsterproducts.com/Pages/press.htm midway has presses for 189.
Thats it, I`ve had mine for 20 years now I bought it from one of our shooters at a range I worked at..

somekevinguy
12-01-2006, 9:52 PM
Man doesn't anyone like RCBS? I am an amatuer. I got the RCBS 2000 progressive. Did some 45 ACP reloading on a friend's Rock Chucker a few years ago and liked it so I went with RCBS again about a year ago when I decided to get my own rig. So far I have only done 45 ACP but it seems to work good for me. I spot check the powder throws a lot and they always seem to be right on. I also got the powder checker in one of the stations. As soon as I finish my current supply of .308 & .223 surplus I am going to start reloading those too. I also got the optional tube primer loader instead of that one it came with. Any opinion on the 2000? I can take it.

50ae
12-01-2006, 9:54 PM
RCBS makes nice solid equipment, I can't bag on them at all.

Bing
12-02-2006, 6:18 AM
go with a Dillon 650. I started with a RCBS single stage, went w/ a Dillon 550 then graduated to a 650. Save your money and go for the best one around.

50ae
12-02-2006, 6:25 AM
go with a Dillon 650. I started with a RCBS single stage, went w/ a Dillon 550 then graduated to a 650. Save your money and go for the best one around.

O' I love my 650 but I've been thinking of buying a 550 to sit beside it on the bench.

ivanimal
12-02-2006, 7:21 AM
No history on the RCBS progressive, saw one at a san jose gun stor and after running the Dillon for so long had to take a look at it. It has similar features only in different places. I would say it is a quality press with all the right stuff. I would never trade my dillon for one but if I had bought that first I may be singing its praises.

Bing
12-02-2006, 10:01 AM
One reason I keep coming back to buying Dillon accessories is that they have this no BS policy. I've had de-capper pins break on me, powder measure parts wear out and all I had to do was call Dillon and they would send a replacement part for free.

Fjold
12-02-2006, 10:21 AM
I stepped on a primer loading tube and bent the aluminum tube and broke the plastic tip off. I called Dillon and told them what I did and they still sent me a free one.

somekevinguy
12-02-2006, 11:30 AM
From the few stories I have heard RCBS is the same way about sending out replacement parts no questions asked. I thought I remember the reason I didn't buy the Dillon was that it was a lot more expensive than the RCBS but looking at them now they are within about $40 of each other. The auto indexing and a case feeder would be kind of cool. I don't shoot a ton though. I do like the die plates on the RCBS so you can switch dies without having to reset them. Does the Dillon have that? That would be cool if they came up with a bullet feed for the Dillion and you could just keep pulling the handle without doing anything and be kicking out ammo. Sometimes I wish I would have gotten a regular press because I think it is fun to reload and I make ammo so fast with the progressive I am finished before I am done having fun. Maybe when I have to start loading my .223 and .308 I will have enough to keep me going.

ivanimal
12-02-2006, 12:18 PM
Dillon does make a case feeder for the 550 and the 650 I believe. I sent them a powder drop that was out of spec and they sent me a new one before they got back the old one:cool: .

Bing
12-02-2006, 1:16 PM
Here's an aftermarket bullet feeder for the 650. It would be a nice addition to any 650 setup if it wasn't so pricey.

http://www.gsiinternational.com/pages/3/index.htm

And yes...the 550 and 650 have removable tool heads where you can just swap different calibers instead of removing the dies and adjusting.

50ae
12-02-2006, 1:32 PM
A bullet feeder, :eek: , my word man, you could load about 1500/hr or more with that!!!!!!! I'm not thinking that the wife will put that under the tree this year, how much???

Here's an aftermarket bullet feeder for the 650. It would be a nice addition to any 650 setup if it wasn't so pricey.

http://www.gsiinternational.com/pages/3/index.htm

And yes...the 550 and 650 have removable tool heads where you can just swap different calibers instead of removing the dies and adjusting.

somekevinguy
12-02-2006, 3:30 PM
Damn that would be sweet to have a 650 with the case feeder and bullet feeder. Now all we need to do is get something to pull the handle for us so we can eat a turkey sandwich while we watch our ammo being made.

Santa Cruz Armory
12-02-2006, 3:31 PM
Here's my meager setup. It's good for the small amount that I reload.
I just got the tumbler set up today.

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e346/BLFD1/003.jpg

Sailormilan2
12-02-2006, 6:01 PM
I started with an RSBS Jr. Graduated to a RCBS Rockchuker, and now use a Hornady LNL Progressive for everything. Works well with all dies except Lee. Lee dies are just a little too short to properly work in a Hornady press using LNL Bushings.

50ae
12-02-2006, 6:26 PM
I thought Lee was supposed to be making their new dies longer. I know what you mean about their old dies though, I had to lock them on the bottom until I got new ones.

eckerph
12-02-2006, 7:18 PM
Hornady lock n load progressive press, didn't want to go blue and i gave my brother my old Lee anniversary kit.

phish
12-02-2006, 7:48 PM
I use Harrell's turret press and powder thrower. It's great because I can break down my setup when I'm not loading ammo on my computer desk.

I would like to eventually upgrade to a T-7 though. I run out of clearance for the longer cartridges, but I can still manage to crank out 6.5x55 rounds on my current press.

For 600 yard ammo, I use the Lyman 1200 system. It's pretty quick for .223, .308 starts to try my patience, 6.5, yuk. I loaded 50 Swede rounds and I just decided to throw the powder instead, RL19 throws good enough for short range use.