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    I was gifted 2 550Bs. One is strictly 45acp/45AR, the other will be 300 blkout whenever I get back to that project. I have 2 Lyman T2s that handle my 45lc, 450 webley, 45 schofeld, 38 spcl, 310martini and 7.65 Mannlicher. Rifle is done on a big single stage Kodiak Bair. You won’t regret a 550. Other than a few episodes of primer issues that a good cleaning corrected mine are great. I think I like my T2’s a little more though.

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    You did not say what you are loading for, or what you are using now. I have 5 or 6 presses, but the 550 is my most used. I load all my pistol rounds on the 550. My buddy has a 650 which I thought I would upgrade to, but after working with it, I prefer the 550. The only thing I wish it had would be a 5th station for a bullet feed. I do have a Forster CoAx press that I load my rifle cartridges on. I do not load 223 but if I did I would do that one on my 550 also. I do find it handy to have a single stage press to go with the 550. I deprime on the single stage before I clean my cases for example. I use mostly Lee dies on my 550, and I also have a few Lee powder measures Pro Auto Disc and Auto Drums that work just fine on my 550 with the Lee dies. I keep a dedicated powder measure on my most used loads.

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    If you lots and shoot enough volume to justify a progressive press, go for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pull the trigger View Post
    Have you ever thought " I really didn't need this 550"? I've been on the fence about buying one for along time. Really trying to talk myself out of it because of the cost. What do yas think?
    Nope, never thought that. Got my first one new in 1991. Added a second in 2006 but needed more volume for all of the competitions I was shooting so I sold one and got a 650. Might sell the 650 if I quit shooting matches but will hang onto the 550 for as long as I am able to reload and shoot.
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    I relate , I have looked at the 550 many times they are a really the best press around for the volumes I load , but with a case feeder and set up to load the same things I load on the progressive I have now (it works great for me) I can't bring myself to spend the money on it. I don't need one but would enjoy it if I had it

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    Quote Originally Posted by pull the trigger View Post
    Have you ever thought " I really didn't need this 550"? I've been on the fence about buying one for along time. Really trying to talk myself out of it because of the cost. What do yas think?
    That was me two weeks ago. Except for a brief fling with a Lee Pro 1000 25 years ago, I've used nothing but a single stage for 40 years. Being retired now I have more free time for the range, but also more free time to reload. I thought and thought about a Dillon SDB or 550 and kept thinking "that's a lot of money when I have all this free time". I went so far as to do a build sheet for a 550 on Dillons site to tally the prices and pieces I would need.

    My wife took the decision away from me. Without saying a word to me she went to Dillons site and using my sheet as a guide she ordered it. It arrived Saturday and I've been stockpiling ammo since then. Like many above have said, I wish I had done this sooner, like decades ago. I'll keep my old trustworthy Bonanza press but it's now semi-retired.
    All that is neccessary for evil to triumph is that good men do nothing.

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    You need to keep your wonderful wife too. Unless....she has ulterior motives and wants some peace and quiet ....while you are off playing in your reloading room? Either way I’d keep her.

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    Another plus for the 550 they have a good resale value.

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    I've had four progressives over many years and I guess I shoot a considerable number of handgun cartridges a year, but certainly don't count them. I occasionally like to experiment with different loads. This can be done on a progressive, but it can be done much more conveniently on another type of press. Got rid of all the progressives and use a '60s model Texan turret press that I had before I ever bought a progressive. It's very adequate for all my handgun cartridge handloading, small or large batches. But, if you really need a progressive, better get one. They do serve their intended purpose well.

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    I have an RCBS single, 2 Dillon SDB's and a Dillon 550B. Most reloading is done on SDB's for pistol. I use the single stage to deprime if I have the shell holder. When I was shooting CAS with 3 kids I wished I had a 650 not a 550 but now just me the SDB's load all my CAS except the .45-70 Government. I load black on all 3. If limited to one press it would be the 550B on a strong mount from Dillon or Inline Fabrication.

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