I have a Lee 1000 that is OK but nowhere near as robust as some of the other
offerings. I'm attracted to a Dillon 650. I'll need .45, .38/.357, 9mm,
.223 and possibly .40 and whatever some friends want reloaded. I'm trying
to work a deal with a cop for range brass. I swore I'd never reload again
when 9mm was ten cents a round...guess what?
Any suggestions for presses?
I have a Lee Loadmaster. I never got all the automation to work well for me so
feed in cases by hand, deprime size, inside expand, may use a M die for cast
Then I use a Lee hand primer to prime.
I tend to use my Lyman 450 to put powder in cases so I can stack them up in a
block and use a strong light to check for double charges and missing charges.
Then I feed the cases in, hand insert a bullet and let them fall out on the
IIRC, on the dillon you have to rotate the shell plate by hand, the Lee
that for you.
The loadmaster is a more solid version of the 1000
FWIW, I've loaded thousands of rounds of pistol using a hand tool. Outside of
you get powder charge correctly (no doubles, no shorts), most of the rest of it
mindless. You can even watch tv.
My favorite press is a Lyman turret, has 6 holes for dies. I used it for years,
with whatever I was shooting a lot of, it would handle two different rounds.
enough to make .357 Herrit cases w/o problems.
I cranked up my old Dillon 550 B while youngest son was here. We
loaded a lot of .45 ACP for his new Kimber. He also found a 250 round
box of factory ammo. We had 2 stoppages with the factory stuff, none
with handloads in 500 rounds spread over a week. Acceptable for
By the way, that Kimber ran pretty good. Good trigger and I could
shoot 1-1/2 x 2-1/2 in. groups at 12-1/2 yds offhand. Not bad for
these old eyes.
Matt's back in Yuma, picked up to Cpl when he got back, then scored
Expert on the range last week.
"Buerste" wrote in
I need to supply my wife, my step-daughter & myself with 223 match ammo
now, and I'd like to gt back into center fire pistol shooting. I just
bought a Dillon 650, and am in the process of designing a new reloading
bench for it & my Rockchucker. I'll use the Rockchucker for load
development & the Dillon for production.
I bought a Dillion 550B in 1993. I asked reloaders and machine gunners
what they used and all that I asked said Dillon. Their products are
guaranteed for life. I reload .223 and 9mm for my bullet hoses.
Dillon 650 would be a good choice. The folks at Dillon and their "no
bullshit" warranty are exemplary.
I, like others, like the RCBS Rockchucker for rifle ammo but Mr.
Dillon spits out handgun ammo like popcorn.