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Old 03-20-2009, 12:33   #26
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The only die that this really helps with is the Sizing Die. And when loading .40 shoot out of a Glock it's the first die to get replaced by a Lee or other brand because the Dillon doesn't size low enough for some people. The have chambering issues. So it's kinda hard to push people on the advantages of the Dillon when you run a chance it won't work if the guy is using Glock brass in a 1911 style .40.
Wouldn't a Lee factory crimp die take care of this issue?
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Old 03-20-2009, 14:04   #27
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Not always. And it's not recommended with lead. I stopped using mine anyway. I use a regular crimp die for everything.
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Old 03-20-2009, 15:51   #28
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The lee website has a video of them using the factory crimp die on a lead bullet


Reloading process demonstrated

under help videos
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Old 03-20-2009, 16:19   #29
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The lee website has a video of them using the factory crimp die on a lead bullet


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IMO, the LFCD is designed to fix minor problems that can occur from slighlty sloppy technique. I have not used a LFCD & have not missed it. A taper crimp die works well w/ all bullet styles. While you can use the LFCD like a taper crimp die, over crimping on plated & lead bullets hurts accuracy.
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Old 03-20-2009, 16:28   #30
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Opps, double post.
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Old 03-20-2009, 16:29   #31
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The lee website has a video of them using the factory crimp die on a lead bullet


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Well, they sell the thing, of course they want you to use it. I used to think it was best thing. Then I took it off the press when I started using lead, then I tried it with my jacketed and noticed it was sizing about 1 out of every 10 rounds "just a little bit". It bugged me so much I just don't use it. It makes zero difference because the standard Lee die I have seems to size a little smaller then some others. So needing to resize is just not needed. I case gauge everything now and never have anything fail due to a sizing issue. That has really sold me on not needing a FCD because my ammo always passes the casegauge unless it's a defective case and then the FCD isn't going to make a ounce of difference.
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Old 03-20-2009, 16:40   #32
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Back to the original topic ......
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Old 03-22-2009, 22:35   #33
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I have a Dillon 550, but use it to load only target loads.

Self Defense Storing for SHTF I use a single stage press
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Old 03-22-2009, 23:22   #34
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Using a Lee Classic turret with 4 die carbies..I was told I need to buy the dillion dies or I won't get good accuracy
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I actually had Dillon dies in my 550 and had to switch to a lee undersizing die for .40 because the Dillon die wasn't working correctly.
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Old 02-19-2010, 20:07   #35
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5 star thread... I was looking at buying a 550 and was googling for what accessories I need, found this.

Thanks to everyone who contributed.
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Old 02-19-2010, 20:15   #36
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I'd suggest getting the manual first and then determining what is needed.
I see a few things missing from the list e.g. - caliper, scale, impact hammer

Lee has good products.
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Old 02-20-2010, 10:14   #37
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550B in a caliber you load

Scale (Assume you own)

Primer Flip Tray

Reloading Manual (Assume you own)

Caliber conversion kits in each additional caliber you load

Above is all that is required to load what you want.

Things like the strong mount, roller handle, additional pick up tubes, and toolheads are all nice, but they can be bought later to soften your initial investment.

I prefer Dillon dies, but I reloaded thousands of round on Lee dies before I felt the need to switch to Dillon.
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Old 02-20-2010, 11:13   #38
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I'd suggest getting the manual first and then determining what is needed.
I see a few things missing from the list e.g. - caliper, scale, impact hammer

Lee has good products.
Well, considering he's loading on a Turret, he's probably got those 3 items...

That said, there's some stuff on there you should definitely have, like manuals. Do you load w/o manuals on your LCT?

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Old 02-20-2010, 11:32   #39
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Go here: http://brianenos.com/ Check this website out for great information on the Dillon presses. Then give Brian Enos a call and talk it over. He will not sell you anything you don't really need to get started.
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Old 02-20-2010, 11:37   #40
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Your Lee dies will work in the Dillon. I have used both dies and prefer Lee dies.
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Old 02-20-2010, 12:30   #41
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When buy the 550 or 650. Do you need the strong mount bullet tray and handle. No, but some things well decide if you need it up front or not. The height of your tabletop and how many holes do you want too put in the tabletop. If in the future do you want the strong mount? If the answer is yes than I would go ahead and get them. Another reason I would get them at the same time is too cut down on the postage.
Do you need the Case Gages no? Unless you shoot competition then I would not worry about them. Calipers are more important in getting your dies set up. There is no big deal if you have a failure to feed or what ever at the range. So there is really no need to run them threw the case gages.
Extra primer tubes are nice too have but you can get buy with out them
The press comes with Allen wrenches. So you do not need the Allen and stand. Unless you want them that handy.
I would get the Dillon 1 lock rings. I have found that a deep well socket works a lot better than a wrench.
If you do not get the Strong Mount. For a neat bullet holder. Go to the pet store and get an, it is either a cat or dog feeder. It has a bowl in front and a plastic bin in the back. Fill the bin up with bullets and they fall forward into the bowl.
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Old 02-20-2010, 12:43   #42
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Christ Almighty, seeing this thread resurface to the top...

I thought for a minute, there is no way Rickencrapper actually had the nuts to come back...
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Christ Almighty, seeing this thread resurface to the top...

I thought for a minute, there is no way Rickencrapper actually had the nuts to come back...
I was thinking the same thing. First thing that came to mind when I saw the name was WTF.
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I was thinking the same thing. First thing that came to mind when I saw the name was WTF.
Glad it wasn't just me
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Glad it wasn't just me
You'll have to forgive me, I was just starting to come back to Reloading when he took his ball and went home... Wasn't he the guy that claimed to have a million primers, and would brag about, and upset everyone, who complained about hoarding?

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You'll have to forgive me, I was just starting to come back to Reloading when he took his ball and went home... Wasn't he the guy that claimed to have a million primers, and would brag about, and upset everyone, who complained about hoarding?

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The original post is 11 months old.
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You'll have to forgive me, I was just starting to come back to Reloading when he took his ball and went home... Wasn't he the guy that claimed to have a million primers, and would brag about, and upset everyone, who complained about hoarding?

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The original post is 11 months old.
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