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Steelhead2

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Do any of you guys load with the hornady lock n load progressive? Looks to be pretty good for the money.
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Sorry - no experience with the Hornady L-n-L.  However, I've been using a Dillon 550B for well over 30 years.  I swear by their ruggedness, versatility, and Dillon's support.
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Go Blue, ya, I'm no help either [biggrin]
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I want to go Dillon, but the funds just are not cooperating at the moment. I've seen hornady AP for 379 and Dillon550b for 578. Looks like I might have to save awhile longer. I know Dillon is the best, just looking for the cheaper way out. We all know what path that leads you down. You end up buying the good one eventually...Just want to do it once.
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I'm with the rest of y'all been using a 550b for over twenty five years and the only problem I've had was the plastic tips primer tubes which was easy and cheap to fix.
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I have a hornady lnl ap it is a good press. it has it's quirks like any tool.  the case feed system is an after thought and takes a bit of tweeking to get it to work right. 

i like being able to switch out dies one at a time if i want.  i like the priming system better on the hornady versus the dillon 650 -- i have a dillon 650 also

i like the hornady powder throw better than the dillon and use the hornady powder throw on my dillon.

you can't really go wrong with the hornady, buy with confidence. 

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I like that feature too on the hornady. Hmmm. Decisions. Thanks for all the advice it really helps the purchase.
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Look for a used Dillion 550B, lifetime no BS warranty
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they sell the 550 new for $259 and add the powder drop and primer feed as funds allow. The reason I didnt buy a T7 turret press for the same amount. The 2 options I narrowed it down to, then I found a good deal on craigslist/armslist on a like new used 550B with extra plates and dies.
I love the switch plates.

The o ring issue turned me away from the Hornady

The $578 you quote is with dies and caliber conversion, most likely. And still seems hi, where are you shopping?

Edited: just checked, looks like prices went up from just a few yrs ago. I have a feeling they will be on a decline next yr,lol.
Its funny, then it was standard for them to come with 1 caliber setup, now I see it looks like it is not.

Here's $390, no dies, not sure on shipping
http://www.scheels.com/shop/scheels-catalog/dillion-precision-rl550b-reloading-press-4235-14261-y3
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Wow good price on the Dillon. Thanks for the link
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Wow good price on the Dillon. Thanks for the link

sure thing, no problem.
I didnt hunt too much so look around yet and not sure on shipping.
Dont forget to check craigslist/armslist 1st, buy local and nothing to worry about
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Yep, another vote for Dillon. I picked up a used 650 about 15 yrs ago and love it. The couple times I did something stupid and screwed up a part, Dillon sent me new ones fast and free, even when I offered to pay.

The only thing I would caution you on, is the potential per caliber cost. If you do full quick change set ups with tool heads and powder measures, it does get pretty spendy.
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I have been loading ammo on a Hornady Pro-Jector the precursor to the l-n-l since 1986, many thousands of rounds loaded. I could not ask for a better machine and customer support has been great.
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I have 2 Dillon 550's set up for large and small primers.No issues.Both should work for you.
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Buy once, cry once. The Dillon warranty is the best. Been loading on a Dillon 550B for over 20 yrs.
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I have the Hornady LnL progressive and it works great for me. I don't have the feeders and set my case and bullet by hand. I load a couple hundred rounds a month so again, it works for me

I like the primer system, the powder drop, the bushing system for the dies. I bought some extras from inline fabrication that make it even better
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Question for those more experienced....For both the blue and red progressives, can you use preprimed brass or is it better to use the priming system built into the process?

Ive had a lee auto 1000 back in the day and it was meh. Ive been eyeing the hornady LNL only because im partial to that brand and ive been using more and more 9mm, but i know the Dillion is just as good and sturdy.
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Question for those more experienced....For both the blue and red progressives, can you use preprimed brass or is it better to use the priming system built into the process? Ive had a lee auto 1000 back in the day and it was meh. Ive been eyeing the hornady LNL only because im partial to that brand and ive been using more and more 9mm, but i know the Dillion is just as good and sturdy.



i run quite a bit of primed brass it works just fine and actually makes it a little smoother. i can say i have both dillon 650 and hornady lnl both priming systems have their quirks the dillon seems to flip primers once in a while. but has more consistent seating depth and easier to feel the seating. the hornady has never flipped a primer but not as smooth as the dillon and not as good of a feel when seating.

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I've used the LnL AP for nearly ten years now.  I love it.  I load everything on it, rifle and pistol.  Really like the case activated powder drop system.  The LnL powder measure is the best one on the market in my opinion.  I have two, one set up for rifle, and one for pistol.  Currently loading 3 AR wildcat rifle, one bolt rifle, and 4 handgun rounds.  All give top accuracy.  I don't prime on the press.  I started priming by hand 40+ years ago, and see no reason to change.  I took all the priming parts off the press to reduce drag because of that.

Although I've tried both, I don't like Dillon.  I can highly recommend the Hornady however.

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