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WHO HAS A 650 AND WHAT CALS DO YOU USE
AND HOW DO YOU FIND THEM
i USE THE DILLON 650 AND IT HAS TO BE THE BEST IF YOU CAN AFFORD IT
 

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I use a 550. I don't really remember why I choose that
machine, when I bought it. I looked at them at the Dillion
headquarters which is nearby. The 550 has been
pretty good, and I have been satisfied. I wish I could
remember more about the 650. It must be the
ultimate loader. How is it for changing caliblers?
I seem to remember that might have been a factor
for me, but I can't say that for sure.
 

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I use my 650 without the casefeed assy.
However I did make up a spiral tube to take more cases.
You where probably turn off the 650 as you have to change for each caliber.Ihave done so as yet as I use it for 32 S&W & the
32H&R mag.I have two tool heads set up to run the above cals
and all I have to do is pull out one & insert the other.I also run a powder check system for the 32S&W only.I do load 38/357
on my Lyman press as with the 7mmtcu.I look like getting a Para 38 super in the new year and then I will have to use the 650 with the conversion.
The major part to change is the shell holder. but like everthing
once you done it a couple of time its a breeze.
I have also made up a light system that allows you to see & check the powder in the each case a station three.


JoePistol said:
I use a 550. I don't really remember why I choose that
machine, when I bought it. I looked at them at the Dillion
headquarters which is nearby. The 550 has been
pretty good, and I have been satisfied. I wish I could
remember more about the 650. It must be the
ultimate loader. How is it for changing caliblers?
I seem to remember that might have been a factor
for me, but I can't say that for sure.
 

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XL650? sold a 550 and 2 Square Deals to buy a 650 with 6 calibers, including the case feed.

9MM; 38Sp; .357Mag; .40S&W; 10MM; & .45ACP

changing calibers is not much more involved than the 550, except for the case feed mechanism, you have to change a few pieces there too. primer size change is much faster than on the SDB models, and somewhat slower than the 550....

Solution to that (non-existent) problem? buy a second 650 in the other primer size.....

kicks out round twice as fast as my 550, and about a light year faster than the SDB models... just place a bullet and pull the handle....gotta figure out a way to double the length of that tiny little primer tube.....100 rounds is a matter of a few minutes, and then I have to stop and refill it....

I liked the 650 so much i bought another one, but the second one says SL900 on it and it loads (lots and lots of) 12 ga.

I found this link on Ebay. I have one of these tubes, and it's a wonderful thing!


http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vi ... %3AIT&rd=1




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I've had an XL 650 for about 2 years now - with the electric case feeder - and I load primarily 9mm, .40 S&W, .45 ACP, .44 spl, .44 mag, .38 spl, .357mag - occasionally some .30-06 / .223 etc.

I have tool heads and powder measures set up for each caliber swap - so swapping calibers is not that big a deal - although I do take my time and make sure all is well before proceeding. It does take about 30 min to change the shell plate, the primer feed if necessary, parts in the case feed ....... but I don't think that's a big deal. I usually load up and stack 25 - 50 boxes for each caliber before I break the press down - clean and lube everything - and change calibers - then run 2500 rounds thru it or whatever I need for inventory.

My decision to go with the 650 was - until recently the 550 did not have a case feeder - and the 550 does not have the powder check system - both of which I really like - and the 550 does not auto index - but the 650 does. Auto indexing when you get into loaders of this capability - is pretty significant to me - so everything added up to the 650. At 15 to 20 boxes an hour on pistol ammo the 650 is doing a good job for me.

The 550 will do more calibers / where dies for the 650 are a little more limited - but the 650 will do the only rifle calibers I was interested in ( like 30-06 / AR .223 / .30-30 etc so if you're into loading for some rifle calibers then you might need to look at the 550. The 650 is a little faster than the 550 - even with the 550's new case feeder. But I think all the Dillon loaders are good machines - although for shotgun loaders I've gone to MEC hydraulics and not the Dillon.
 
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