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Turret or Progressive reloader for 9mm and .223

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Had a RCBS Rock Chucker that I sold a few years ago and would like to get a progressive to replace it. Now shooting .223 and 9mm. I know components are is short supply. I am just preparing for when things calm down. What brand is the best in your opinion and why?

Anyone wanting to sell their progressive?

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Just did what you are thinking about doing. Do a search for posts under my sign on name - Amboy49. I recently wrote a couple of paragraphs re: this subject.
Well, if you go with the 1050, you might as well buy two. One for the 223 and one for the 9mm. Make sure you get the PW power drives for them as well..
Best bang for the buck is the Dillon 650. Half the price (and speed) of the 1050.

Unless you are shooting 100,000 rds annually, the 650 will do the job.

Conversion kits are 1/3 the price of the 1050.

With this said, I have both a 650 and a 1050. I use the 650 for low volume pistol and rifle loads, and the 1050 for (literally) buckets of pistol ammo.

If you need to load buckets of ammo like the picture above, get the 1050.
Good stuff. Nobody like Hornady Lock-N-Load?

Dillon RL550 is a great press. Dillon customer service is 2nd to none!

Dillon Super1050 based on those 2 caliber. And you only need one.

The reason for the 1050 over any of the other fine presses that Dillon makes is that a lot of 9mm & 223 brass come from military sources and have crimped primer pockets. The 1050 has a built in primer pocket swager that will remove the crimp.

If you buy pre-processed brass for 223 and are careful to get commercial 9mm, then the 650 would be a good choice.

For a full run down on all the Dillon reloading presses, read this :
I have a LNL with case feeder and a 550. I much prefer the LNL over the 550 but, you said "the best" so, that's where all the 1050 stuff is coming from. It is an ammo producing factory...

If it was between the 650 and the LNL, I would choose the LNL. JMHO
Everyone wants the 1050 and its speed, but when they see the price tag and the learning curve, most folks back away.

The 650 can be had, with primer swage tool, set up for 9X19 and 223, for around a grand.

Look at near $2500 for a full boat 1050 with all the bells and high speed whistles set up for two calibers. Also, according to Dillon, about a 20,000 round learning curve.

The OP knows his loading needs. How many rounds a week do you want to load?
Dillon 650XL hands down unless your loading 60,000 plus. Will turn out quality ammo in short order.
I vote for the 650. Have one set up for both 9mm and .223. Easy change over with separate powder measures and tool heads, 10-15 minutes max.

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My Dillon 550 has served me very well for many, many years.

I have over a dozen Dillons ranging from 550, 650, and 1050 machines.

Have been using Dillons since they first started 30 or so years ago.

I load for over 150 different handgun and rifle cartridges using them.

All the Dillon equipment operates as advertised.

Produce good results.

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Do you guys that reload pistol ammo find that it is cheaper than buying new? I found some 9mm ammo for about 40 cents each. Cheaper than that?


Less than half that Bucko.
Don't forget to get and USE a case gauge "jesus" gauge.
I have no problems with feeding after getting and using these gauges. I fhave found that some of the ammo i reloaded befor using the gauge will not feed or head space because of my mistakes. Now I use it all the time.

On the .223 reloading. I small base resize/deprime, trim then PIN tumble the cases befor final loading.

Alos don't forget to swdge the primer pocket on millitary brass.


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Great info. Thanks all.

I like my Hornady Lock N Load so don't be afraid to buy it.

I do tumble, inspect primer pockets and case length before anything goes to reloader - ESPECIALLY 5.56
Loading 223 on my Dillon 1050 [not the super] makes a mess. When loading 223's, powder spills out all over the machine and there is nothing I can do about that. Even when going very slowly it still shakes power out of the cases. At the time I could buy military surplus for 15 cents, been a while, so I stopped trying to load 223. No problem with pistol ammo. Gauge changes are time consuming.

I would buy a 550 if I had it to do over.
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