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#3292949 - 01/30/22 07:09 PM Re: Progressive press [Re: GLShooter]
hm1996 Offline
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Registered: 07/23/06
Posts: 17012
Loc: S. Texas
Originally Posted By: GLShooter
They are great for warranty. I bought my 550 and the BIG Dillon polisher used for $100.00. The polisher had never been run and I doubt if the press had more than 100 rounds on it. Dillon upgraded me to the safety bar set up for free and have me the new powder bars too. I paid the guy another $100.00 for about 1500 bullets,three caliber conversions, 5 pounds of powder and God knows how many boxes if factory centerfire ammo and shotshells.


I thought I got a deal on my 2nd 450 lol ; IIRC I paid $145 for it. It had seen some use, and was stiff when I first mounted it. Turns out the bottom link pin was gaulded in the handle. I wrapped some fine emery cloth on a dowel, polished the bearing surface & lubed, reassembled press, inserted the missing grommet sent by Dillon and press worked like new.

Yeah, Greg, I have a small bin full of spare Dillon parts that they replaced with newer versions during my first year, including the early single powder measure bar return spring, several powder measure bars & some priming system parts that they had an upgrade on.

Regards,
Clarence
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#3292954 - 01/30/22 07:19 PM Re: Progressive press [Re: Clayton86]
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Registered: 01/09/05
Posts: 5327
Loc: AZ
Funny thing is I much prefer a pair of springs on the measure as opposed to the safety bar. I have upgraded the primer set up to that flat plate support that really aided on the priming stroke. That $30.00 made it feel like a whole different machine.

Greg


Edited by GLShooter (01/30/22 07:20 PM)
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#3292979 - 01/30/22 10:44 PM Re: Progressive press [Re: GLShooter]
hm1996 Offline
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Registered: 07/23/06
Posts: 17012
Loc: S. Texas
I left my priming setup manual. The older measure has the larger return spring, the newer one is linked to the shell plate. Both work fine, but I use the older press mostly for .223/ball powder.

Regards,
hm
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#3292980 - 01/30/22 10:56 PM Re: Progressive press [Re: Clayton86]
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Registered: 03/22/02
Posts: 23088
Loc: Henderson,Nevada,USA
I also added the roller bearing for the shell holder assembly and the guide bearing and plate for the primer bar. Runs smooth as butter.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Shellplate-Bear...1-127632-2357-0


https://www.ebay.com/itm/Dillon-550B-C-P...1-127632-2357-0
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#3292989 - 01/31/22 07:25 AM Re: Progressive press [Re: Clayton86]
GLShooter Offline
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Registered: 01/09/05
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Loc: AZ
I might try the roller bearing plate deal. At my age it would be a small daliience.

Greg
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#3293053 - 01/31/22 10:58 PM Re: Progressive press [Re: Clayton86]
bigtommy Offline
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Registered: 03/29/12
Posts: 971
Loc: MN
Dillon 550. Enough said

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#3293224 - 02/02/22 08:08 PM Re: Progressive press [Re: Clayton86]
springer Offline
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Registered: 10/10/15
Posts: 333
Loc: Indiana
I've had a Hornady LnL for years. Thus I don't exactly remember why I chose it over a Dillon, but it wasn't price. I haven't studied Dillon since but I believe it was because Dillon is harder and requires more expense to switch between rounds, and I load about a dozen chamberings on the LnL. Maybe I was on to something when I see people with multiple Dillon presses in the photo, I just have the one. Of course this is no judgement on the quality of a Dillon, they are clearly quality as well.

I added a 3D printed case feeder to my Lnl....the speed is crazy.

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#3293292 - 02/03/22 06:31 PM Re: Progressive press [Re: springer]
hm1996 Offline
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Registered: 07/23/06
Posts: 17012
Loc: S. Texas
Originally Posted By: springer
I've had a Hornady LnL for years.............
Maybe I was on to something when I see people with multiple Dillon presses in the photo, I just have the one.


IIRC, the LNL progressive was not available when I got the Dillon. Used the first press for years mainly for 30-06 and 45 ACP (large primers). Once in a while loaded for .30 Carbine and .357 (small primers)so planned ahead as these required changing primer system over as well. Usually waited until I had quite a large quantity of MT brass for those runs.

Required a lot less hunting rifle ammo, so loaded .375 h&h, 300 WM & 338 WM were (and still are) all loaded on the old Herters single stage.

Later, I started using a lot of .223 predator hunting, so when I came across a bargain on a used Dillon, picked it up and keep one set up for large, the other set up for small primers making caliber changes take less than 5 minutes to accomplish. No adjustments to make, just switch shell plate and powder bushing or measure and put the pre-adjusted dies in place.

I do keep a third powder measure and pre-set each for my three most popular calibers/powder to eliminate having to adjust the measure when changing more popular calibers.

Both my 450's have had all 550 upgrades done except the frame (how long does it take to unscrew two dies and replace), and I prefer the hand operated priming (just old fashioned, I guess lol ).

Watched an LNL video and they look like a fine press. The only thing it will do that the old Dillon won't, is automatic shell plate rotation. Cost of the LNL is a bit more than the current Dillon press ($621 to $549), but if I were looking for a first progressive, I'd be hard pressed to decide between the two.

Honestly, no more shooting than I do today, I could get by nicely with just the old Herters single stage. wink

Regards,
hm

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#3293321 - 02/04/22 12:16 AM Re: Progressive press [Re: Clayton86]
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Registered: 03/22/02
Posts: 23088
Loc: Henderson,Nevada,USA
I just bought a bunch a tool heads and powder dies.
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#3293379 - 02/04/22 02:34 PM Re: Progressive press [Re: crapshoot]
Plant.One Offline
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Registered: 02/12/15
Posts: 4831
Loc: Oakland County, MI
Originally Posted By: crapshoot
I just bought a bunch a tool heads and powder dies.


im currently working on expanding my powder thrower die bodies collection to make caliber changes simpleer on my LNL-AP

with the lower die body, you can setup casing height for specific calibers, as well as leave the proper insert/expander bushing in the die bottom and then just have to disconnect the spring/actuator arms, slide the whole upper assembly from one set to another, reconnect and then only have to redo the powder charge.

not a HUGE saver, but probably saves me in the area of 5-10 mins per caliber change doing it that way.
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#3293425 - 02/04/22 10:12 PM Re: Progressive press [Re: Clayton86]
Al Hansen Offline
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Registered: 11/27/17
Posts: 117
Loc: Utah
I'm another Dillon 550 B supporter. I have mine only set up for the .45 acp. I don't know how many rounds I've loaded on it but its at least 25 years. And their no "BS" guarantee is for real.
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