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    Presses and powder measures

    Picked up this lot today. All Looks to be in good shape, maybe a few missing parts.

    Besides the Dillon, which of these are best candidates for putting back into service?

    Iím specifically looking for info on the Lyman turret press and the Dillon 450 to 550 conversion.






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    That turret looks like the press linkage could be reversed making it a good candidate for an upside down sizing press with a whole battery of sizing dies mtd. in the turret.
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    Presses and powder measures

    The Dillon has the 550 frame conversion. Thatís a shame because I like the solid 450 frame. But I also have a 550 w/ tool heads. Pretty sure you can upgrade the primer system if you wanted to. You can use one of their automatic measures w/ springs if you canít install the safety rod. I prefer the measure w/ the springs as the rod makes it clunky.

    Do you have the manual Dillon powder measure? The manual powder measure and primer feeder are parts that some people seek out.

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    Thanks for the pictures. That is a very nice haul. pm sent. james

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    I donít have the manual powder measure for the Dillon, everything I got is pictured.


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    I have one of those herters piwder measures its a good measure a little harder to set but works well

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    Bion, MY pick to return to service is the SPARTAN!!! I have one of these I initially picked up to be my dedicated decapping station -- used nothing except for that, equipped with a RCBS Universal decap die. However, I replaced it with an equally old Pacific press, when I discovered the beauty of using the Spartan for loading teeny calibers: the .25acp and .32 auto. It's design is such that it afford plenty of "finger room" for loading these; and, it's cast construction permits approaching-zero flexing of any part of it. A prime example, imho, how higher quality presses were made in the old days . Yup -- this would be my first choice!
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    another vote for the Spartan. Looks like all it needs is dies and a shellholder. I also use mine for minimum leverage jobs like bullet seating for bottleneck cartridges and the entire loading process for pistol ammo. Mine is about 50 years old and still going strong.

    The MEC shotshell loader may be complete too. You can use the MEC bottle for shot and dispense powder with a measure. It doesn't slow the process all that much; I've done it many times when I didn't have a bushing for the powder charge I wanted.

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    Another vote here for the Spartan. It surprised me how much I ended up enjoying using it. The clearance makes it a joy. I use mine a lot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dragon813gt View Post
    The Dillon has the 550 frame conversion. That’s a shame because I like the solid 450 frame. But I also have a 550 w/ tool heads. Pretty sure you can upgrade the primer system if you wanted to. You can use one of their automatic measures w/ springs if you can’t install the safety rod. I prefer the measure w/ the springs as the rod makes it clunky.

    Do you have the manual Dillon powder measure? The manual powder measure and primer feeder are parts that some people seek out.
    As pointed out you have the 550 frame and the 450 other parts. Other than the slide out tool head the other features that make it a 550 are the automatic priming system and automatic powder system. Both can be found on Dillon's site. I just installed the automatic powder measure on my 450. It was really easy to do and they give you everything. Mine already had the automatic primer feeder on it. If that is a feature you're looking for you could sell your manual one and put it toward the automatic system.

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    Youíve picked up some nice equipment there. Over the years Iíve used the 450 and eventually upgraded to the 550 Dillon powder measures on my Lyman turret presses. The 550 units are great, lift the ram and drop your powder. Very accurate throws.

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    I have that same upgraded Dillon 450 ->550 that my Dad left me. He upgraded the 450 as far as it would go, then ordered the conversion frame and Voila! just like Johnnie Cashís Cadillac, ďone piece at a timeĒ he had gotten the object of his desires. I still have all the take-off parts in the cabinet and have thought of completing a single caliber build in, say, 327 Fed Mag or some such just to use them up.

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    I vote for the Lyman. Most versitile, had Dillon once never got used to the hand routine

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    I don't believe I've ever heard of the ".38 supper" cartridge. Is that something that requires eating a full meal before reloading?

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    Getting the 450/550 back in action.


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    Auto eject and UFO light.


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    And done.

    Except I now realize Iím missing a spent primer catcher.


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