Dillon RL 550B - Comments?

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by Texas1911, Jan 6, 2009.

  1. Texas1911

    Texas1911 TGT Addict

    May 29, 2017
    Austin, TX
    What is the consensus on the Dillon RL 550B?

    I'd be using it for .223 - .338 (match dies) rifle calibers and more than likely .45 ACP and 10mm Auto.

    Are there any particular issues or problems to be aware of?

    Any superior alternatives?

  2. flashguy

    flashguy Member

    Oct 31, 2008
    Dallas, Texas
    Dillon 550B

    My personal opinion is that one would have to look far to find a better buy than a Dillon 550B for general purpose medium volume reloading. One doesn't need a progressive loader if only 100 rounds are to be loaded--a single-stage press will do fine; if one wants to turn out 1000 or more rounds at a time, there are better (and more expensive!) alternatives.

    I have 4 presses, one of which is a 450B that has been sort of converted to a 550B, and I have never had a problem with it. (The 550B is a follow-on to the 450B.)

    Dillon makes a robust product and one cannot beat their warranty. (They even fix second-hand loaders.)

  3. Charley

    Charley Active Member

    Aug 7, 2008
    San Antonio
    I've got two 550s...to lazy to switch between primer sizes, so I keep one set up for each. (Wouldn't have done it if I hadn't gotten a great deal on a second used press. They work.
  4. Rottweiler

    Rottweiler Member

    Apr 6, 2008
    Hill Country
    +1 to what flashguy said except I do load a lot of ammo on my 550. 1000 rounds at a time is not a problem. It takes me about 3 hours to load 1000 rounds. For me, the slowest part of the whole operation is filling the primer tubes,so I have enough of them to hold 1000 primers at a time.

    That being said...I have 3 coffee cans full of spent primers and will be starting #4 next time I sit at the loader. I didn't start keeping them when I started reloadingm If I had I'd probably have double that
  5. Texas1911

    Texas1911 TGT Addict

    May 29, 2017
    Austin, TX
    I think I'm going to end up getting one of these in the future.

    Thanks guys.
  6. Leper

    Leper Active Member

    Sep 28, 2008
    A bit of advice.....Get extra powder measures. I intend to have one for every caliber I load. At a minimum have 1 for rifle and one for pistol. Easier to swap between when the powder is set up already.

    I love my 550. I got it used in a good trade.
  7. Texas1911

    Texas1911 TGT Addict

    May 29, 2017
    Austin, TX
    I plan to have everything completely interchangeable, within reason.
  8. Jimlakeside

    Jimlakeside New Member

    Mar 11, 2008
    Pottsboro, Texas
    I have been moderately happy with my Dillon 550. I bought it new last April and have had consistent problems with primers loading upside down, sideways and none at all. I have loaded over 25,000 rounds through it and have had this problem from the beginning. Otherwise, I am very happy with the machine.
  9. glock9

    glock9 Member

    Apr 28, 2008

    If your having problems with SMALL primers loading upside down and sideways, make sure you are using the small primer insert tube not the larger primer insert tube. ( Don't ask me how I know)

    I've now got two 550s one set up for large and one setup for small primers and a number of tool heads with powder measures so it's an easy switch between the calibers I load 9mm, 45 apc, .223 .308 & 6.8SPC

    Dillon's service is second to none even if you buy a used machine they still honor the warranty and they are good guys to deal with.

  10. TSU45

    TSU45 Active Member

    Jun 6, 2008
    San Marcos, Tx
    I have been thinking about upgrading to a progressive press for a while now, mostly for loading .223, .38, and .45. My researched was focused

    mainly on the Dillon 650 versus the Hornady LNL. When the time is right for me, I'm getting the Hornady. There is obviously no doubt that Dillon

    is a great company with a great product, I just like the reviews/specs on the Hornady better.

    I didn't look at the Dillon 550 because if I'm going to buy a progressive, it is going to have to automatic index and accept a rifle casefeeder.

    Those are just my particular wants.

    ETA: Here is a nice comparison: http://www.comrace.ca/cmfiles/dillonLeeHornadyComparison.pdf

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