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Old 08-31-2014, 11:51 AM
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Default Single stage user gone progressive.

So let me start off by saying I have been reloading since January with the help from BigBronco. I started off with a single stage rockchucker and just purchased my first progressive press a Dillon 550b and I'm freaken amazed! BigBronco instructed me on how to use the press and set the beast up. I was pumping out 60 rounds an hour on my single stage press and with my Dillon 550b I made those in about 10 minutes. Even though the progressive press is freaken amazing I actually do enjoy the single stage press it shows you the real art in reloading. I am very mechanically savvy (9 years as a welder and fabricator) I still think people should start off on single stage to learn the art of reloading and mistakes that can happen through your process. Now I know what all these people that post on the what did you reload today feel like. I get to shoot more now since I'll have more ammo and the wife will stop complaining about all the time I "waste" without her. Thanks BigBronco for your time.
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Glad to hear you like the Dillon. I've been reloading about a year on a single stage and think I'm gonna get the same press sometime this year.
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Old 08-31-2014, 12:39 PM
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Congrats the 550B is an amazingly simple and functional machine. When I went to a Progressive I talked to many fellow shooters at USPSA matches and most said skip the 650 and get the 550, it is less fussy, easier to change calibers, and better priced. I had people even tell me they went from a 650 back to a 550. You won't regret it. I now don't start loading until I have 500 to a 1000 cases to load.
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Glad to hear you like the Dillon. I've been reloading about a year on a single stage and think I'm gonna get the same press sometime this year.
You won't regret it.
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Congrats the 550B is an amazingly simple and functional machine. When I went to a Progressive I talked to many fellow shooters at USPSA matches and most said skip the 650 and get the 550, it is less fussy, easier to change calibers, and better priced. I had people even tell me they went from a 650 back to a 550. You won't regret it. I now don't start loading until I have 500 to a 1000 cases to load.
I went with the 550 because of the cost and I like the manual indexing. I love mine.
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I had been thinking about getting a Redding T-7 Turret Press. That was the plan when I sold my Redding Big Boss 2 anyway. But now I have been watching a lot of videos about the Dillon 550 and think I may want one instead of the turret press. That way I can use my single stage Forester Co-Ax Press for all of my rifle cartridges, and the Dillon 550b for all of the pistol cartridges.
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Old 08-31-2014, 2:07 PM
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I had been thinking about getting a Redding T-7 Turret Press. That was the plan when I sold my Redding Big Boss 2 anyway. But now I have been watching a lot of videos about the Dillon 550 and think I may want one instead of the turret press. That way I can use my single stage Forester Co-Ax Press for all of my rifle cartridges, and the Dillon 550b for all of the pistol cartridges.
You'll be glad you went progressive. I almost went with a turret press and then I actually compared the two and noticed the progressive is faster cleaner and if anything breaks they will replace the part. Every pull of the handle gives you a completed round. Dillon 550b is 1pull =1 round, turret press is 4pulls = 1 loaded round.
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I had been thinking about getting a Redding T-7 Turret Press. That was the plan when I sold my Redding Big Boss 2 anyway. But now I have been watching a lot of videos about the Dillon 550 and think I may want one instead of the turret press. That way I can use my single stage Forester Co-Ax Press for all of my rifle cartridges, and the Dillon 550b for all of the pistol cartridges.
Certainly a progressive and a good single station press on the bench is the way to go. Barearms, glad to be of help. Enjoy all the extra time to spend with your loved ones.
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I'll never not own a 550 but, I find myself loading most rifle rounds on SS presses now.
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Thanks bud, my wrists and family thank you.
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I'll never not own a 550 but, I find myself loading most rifle rounds on SS presses now.
As of now I'm reloading .40 cal but I have the kit to load .223 any reason why ok shouldn't? I seem to hear of a lot of people loading rifle that way also.
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I've loaded .223 on my 550. But, you have to do the brass prep first. Also, for precision ammo, I weigh every load so, a SS makes sense. For plinking ammo, there's nothing wrong with using a progressive.
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I load .223 plinking rounds on my 550B I also load 45-70 on it but not very fast.
I have even loaded 45-70 with black powder on my 550B.
I still own and use a single stage press.
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Luckily I prepped 2,000 rounds of brass when I only had my single stage, so now it's pretty much just run them through the 550
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Would loading .308 for my Ar10 on the Dillon be ok or do I still need to do that on my SS?
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Any rifle round can be loaded on a D550 as long as the brass prep is done prior to priming charging and seating on the 550. Resize and trim if necessary before loading any bottle neck case.
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Got rid of my progressive press and just using SS now. If I was shooting 1,000 rounds a month it would have made an argument for the progressive.
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I just got a Dillon square b this weekend and all I have ever used is a RC so I'm new to the game as well.
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I was going to get one of those but I reload rifle cartridges also. Can't go wrong with rather one though.
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Well I mainly only load 30-06 and 7mm rem mag and only shoot 1-200 max a year of those. So the single stage works fine for that. I was looking at the 550b but wanted auto index. It took some getting used to tho. I am happy that I went with the Dillon tho. High quality stuff. I really only shoot 10mm and 40.
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I told my wife I need this so I can have more time with the family instead of out in the shop all night. Now I can load 4 times as much. I still use my RC to de-bulge the brass.
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I told my wife I need this so I can have more time with the family instead of out in the shop all night. Now I can load 4 times as much. I still use my RC to de-bulge the brass.
Show her you tube videos of the press you want and she'll see how fast it was and how much more time you will have to do those things around the house she wants done. Worked for me.
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Now I just need more projectiles. I am going to be shooting a lot more.
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Now I just need more projectiles. I am going to be shooting a lot more.
Yeah I just ran out of .40 cal projectiles so back to the reloading market.
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Same herei like the magtech 40 cal fmj 180gr bullets but not the price. I'm thinking of getting a kkm barrel for my g20 and g27 and start using lead projectiles from bear creek bullets. They are pretty cheap compared to Xtreme bullets.
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With someone like Bronco helping you out I would have expected this story to go no other way...
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I just wish I could paint it green. The blue messes with the feng shui of my reloading bench
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I think I may go with that 550b in the future(Probably another year or two). 300-500 an hour sounds amazing & I don't think I would need more than that. Since I'm used to a non-quick changing single stage press, I wouldn't plan on buying an extra powder measure, tool head, etc. I tend to just load one caliber per session anyways.
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I just wish I could paint it green. The blue messes with the feng shui of my reloading bench
You meant to say the green messes up the feng shui right?
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You meant to say the green messes up the feng shui right?
No lol the blue thing is the only thing on my bench that's not green. I wish all of the others were blue tho. I just can't afford it. I am very surprised with the quality of the press.
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Yeah pricey as hell but worth it in the time your shooting instead of reloading lol.
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