you guys talk me into buying my first Dillon Press

Discussion in 'The Ammo & Reloading Forum' started by dbcooper, Mar 5, 2012.

  1. BlackEagle

    BlackEagle Well-Known Member Supporting Member

    Nov 25, 2011
    Very nice setup.

    And a warm welcome to the forum.
  2. dbcooper

    dbcooper Well-Known Member

    well, back in March of this year, I started this thread to ask about upgrading my reloading equipment and getting my first Dillon

    it has been a long, busy year, buying a small ranch and working our guts out all summer and fall.
    I just ended up with a nice bonus from work this year and decided it was now or never so I bought a XL 650 and it came in today!!

    I am stoked about this big time.

    I didn't buy the DVD since I figured there were lots of videos on youtube about setting these up

    In addition to the press, I bought the strong mount, the aluminum roller handle, bullet tray, spare primer tubes and the spare parts kit

    This stuff aint cheap but I figure it is way worth it.

    any set up tips?

  3. gdmoody

    gdmoody Moderator Supporting Member

    Sep 7, 2007
    Athens, Georgia
    Take your time and read the little booklet that came with it. I don't have a 650 but I am sure my comments will also fit it. I believe that Dillon's website has a lot of videos on it, too. Congratulations on your purchase.
  4. X Ring

    X Ring Active Member

    Mar 23, 2011
    Congratulations, the XL650 is an awesome press, I’ve had one for 18 years. Take your time setting it up, I remember I was eager to get it producing ammo.
  5. cutter

    cutter New Member

    Aug 3, 2008
    I have had the XL650 for 2 years now, and once you get it set up and learn how it works you will love it! I can and do spend hours reloading and having fun (not cussing and frustrated). It was one of the best investments I have made in the firearms part of my life.
    Go slow at first and you will have fun!!! :)
  6. dbcooper

    dbcooper Well-Known Member

    I have it almost ready to go, just a few last checks to do.
    I have the dies and the power charge ready.

    The powder drop is amazingly simple and accurate.
    I wanted to run 23 gr of XBR, I changed to the large bar and made some adjustments until I hit 23.1

    I then took 3 more charges.. 23.1..23.1.. and 23.2

    I never got that out of Lee disk system. I should get my case gage in tomorrow and I want to check my first few for headspace before I get into a long run

    so far.. so good. I really like my Dillon:)
  7. time2shoot

    time2shoot Well-Known Member Supporting Member

    Jan 17, 2012
    Brandon SD
    I have that same Green tool box. It was my Dads.
    I have never seen another till now. way cool
    does yours have the felt linning also?
  8. gunboat

    gunboat Member

    Jun 2, 2008
    San Josie
    After reading all these posts, I feel like a inner city disadvantaged victim -
    I still use my old Herters model 3 press.
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