Originally Posted by cowboy
The 550 is auto indexing and I have no idea what I'd do with another station
I am pretty sure (POSITIVE) the 550b is manual indexing. I have owned several
anyway double charging rifle cases usually overfills the case and it becomes obvious. this means you get to pull out one of those little brass pins to get the case out, (dont lose it) the Hornady has a spring, just slide the case out until it clears the shell plate , the case it retained by a spring, I have yet to need to replace the spring or lose it. the spring works for all calibers!
A powder check die can be a handy item when loading cases that the powder does not come up the case far enough to see down the neck... this fits nicely in the 5th station, occasionally I will use a RCBS lube die on high volume like 223.
Another thing, to me the dillon feels left handed, on the Hornady I keep my right hand on the handle and feed bullets on the up stroke and empty cases on the down stroke. the dillon you take your right hand off the handle to insert the empty cases.... makes the Hornady a tad bit faster. This may be which press you start out on, I started on a RCBS Rockchucker which I kept my right hand on the handle and inserted cases and bullets with my left as well.