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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

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    Very nice setup.

    And a warm welcome to the forum.
  2. dbcooper

    dbcooper Well-Known Member

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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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