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Old 12-25-2007, 12:36 PM
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Dillon press question

Can anyone reccomend a Dillon press to load 45acp? What accessories would be nice to have with it? I would like to be able to crank out a few thousand at a time. Thank you for your suggestions!
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Old 12-25-2007, 12:43 PM
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Dillon XL 650 with auto case feed will easily crank out 600-800/hr.

I've probably loaded couple hundred thousand on my 650 and its still as good as new.

Depending on the height of your table, the strong mount is nice, also the bullet tray is handy. I don't care for the low powder alarm, as the powder hopper is clear and easily visible. The Powder check is nice though (alarms for individual low/high powder charges).

Get some extra primer tubes and use the Dillon dies, as they have a lead cut in the bottom for progressive use.

If some is good and more is better, then too much is just right.

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Old 12-25-2007, 01:23 PM
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I have the 550B, and it works great for .45, knocks out 3-400 rounds an hour which is plenty for me. Whatever you choose, Graf & sons has a better price than getting it straight from Dillon.
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Old 12-25-2007, 04:05 PM
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The Square Deal B is designed for pistol reloading. If you want a dedicated press for 45 ACP, you should look at this one.
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Old 12-25-2007, 08:03 PM
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square deal b

go with the SDB 400-500 an hour good used ones on e-bay for around 200 to 250 sometimes less if ya get lucky. My last one I bought was 175 so check it out.
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Old 12-25-2007, 08:40 PM
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If you plan to ever load anything but .45, look at the 550B. I have a set of Dillion dies for .45 and they work fine. However, I have loaded THOUSANDS of rounds of 9mm, 38, 357, and 44 using my Lee dies with equally good success at a much lower price. Remember to order spare powder drop dies for other calibers, their only a few bucks apiece.

Like AJ said, bullet tray, strong mount, and extra primer tubes are nice. Also order the spare parts kit for few bucks to save you some late night frustration some day. Finally the item that I can't do without is their primer flip tray...huge time saver.

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Old 12-25-2007, 10:25 PM
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Thank you for all your good ideas. I will have to start doing some locating and pricing. I'm sure there will be more questions to follow as I have never used a progressive press before. Thanks again!
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