Question on dillon press

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sluggo posted this 2 weeks ago

Hello to the forum: After 45+ years of reloading on my rcbs rock chucker jr. Press i have picked up a dillon progressive press. It is set up for .45 acp. It seems like a nice piece of equipment. Is there some way to determine if the sizing die is carbide? This unit came used with no owners manual. Thanks in advance for any help. My rcbs press has done yeoman duty for me. Lately i have been shooting mostly handgun, .22 and .45. The dillon press looks like it could shave some time off my reloading. Thanks, KC

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Dale53 posted this 2 weeks ago

sluggo,

Go to Dillon's web site and you can download the manual for their presses. You can look at the inside of the sizing die and if you see a sizing ring, that will be carbide. It is easy to tell if you have ever looked at one. If the die is Dillon's it will almost certainly be carbide. By the way, if the die set is Dillon, you can just call Dillon's tech's and they are MOST helpful. Dillon has the best service in the business.

FWIW

Dale53

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sluggo posted this 2 weeks ago

Thank you. I was hopeing the sizing die would be carbide so i would not have to lube the cases.

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JimmyDee posted this 2 weeks ago

Dillon pistol sizing dies have carbide rings; no lube is needed.  Rifle dies?  Maybe carbide, maybe steel; you have to check.

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Larry Gibson posted this 2 weeks ago

If you have the SDB press then the Dillon die set up is proprietary and the sizer is carbide so no case lube is needed.  If the 550B (450 or any of the 550 series), the 650 or the 1050 it depends on the dies that came with it.  Most likely carbide sizer though.

LMG 

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sluggo posted this 2 weeks ago

Thanks for everyones help. Upon checking the sizing die it does have the carbide ring you told me about. I guess i am good to go. Thanks again.

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