"Essentials" XL750 223/5.56mm Package
When you're getting into anything new one of the biggest problems is knowing exactly what gear and accessories you need to get started. You want to make sure you buy what you need without being sold a pallet load of extras and fluff that you'll never use, or worse, end up replacing with better gear later. We know that and that's why we've setup these "Essentials" Packages to help guide you down the right path to get started reloading. Each package contains the gear that you need to get started and nothing more. If you already have a few of the items in the list you can certainly get started without duplicating what you already have. Just click the links in the list to add the individual items to your shopping cart or give us a call and we'll be glad to help. Either way we're here to help if you have questions.
The Rifleman’s Reloading Machine
by Peter Caroline
The XL 650, introduced in 1993, earned a reputation early in its career for being superbly equipped to turn out mass quantities of high-grade ammo, quickly and economically. Its case-feeding capability and automatic indexing took much of the drudgery out of high-volume reloading, giving its owner more time for the range. Competition handgunners enthusiastically adopted it as their very own, and rightly so.
Since the XL 650’s introduction, however, a steadily increasing number of rifle cartridge shooters have been taking advantage of this versatile machine’s capabilities. Varmint shooters, previously accustomed to tediously cranking out thousands of benchrest-quality rounds on single-stage machines, discovered that the versatile XL 650 could give them the same results in much less time with far less effort. In my own experience, the XL 650 was a revelation. I was feeding a hand-built 13-lb. prairie dog rifle in 6mm Remington with a load that I had worked up after weeks of effort. Transitioning from my old single-stage press to the XL 650 was like being delivered from slavery. Best of all, the groups stayed within minute-of-angle.
Competition rifle shooters, too, have grown to rely on the XL 650’s speed and precise consistency. A Blue Press article described the success enjoyed by the Arizona Junior High Power Rifle Team in creating accurate and economical reloads for practice and competition.
Interestingly enough, there’s yet another group that has adopted the XL 650: the rifle-caliber full-auto crowd. You might think that for most of these belt- or drum-fed old soldiers, military surplus fodder would be an economical solution, but oftentimes, that’s not the case. Say you are the proud owner of an elderly .303 Vickers-Maxim. The gun is worth a small fortune, and you’re not about to feed it a quantity of corrosive-primed surplus ammo that came out of storage in a cave in Abyssinia, no matter how attractive the price. Ditto an original .45-70 Gatling gun, with a price tag approximating that of a new Bentley. High-quality reloads keep your pampered baby functioning smoothly and safely, and the XL 650 fills the bill admirably.
For the high-volume consumer of rifle cartridges, the XL 650 makes eminently good sense. Right out of the box, it gives you superlative performance, with automatic indexing, a five-station interchangeable toolhead, auto powder and priming systems and a loading rate of 800-1,000 rounds per hour. To maximize its performance and minimize your effort, you’re going to want the Casefeed Assembly, with a complete roster of four casefeed plates. Fill up the casefeed bowl with your fired brass, and this device puts a new empty case in place as fast as you can cycle the handle. Plates are available to accommodate large and small rifle and large and small pistol cases.
After you’ve cranked out a couple of thousand rounds, you may have decided that you’d be more comfortable with your XL 650 sitting a bit higher on your reloading bench. Rather than putting longer legs on the bench, your easiest solution is to order a set of Strong Mounts to position the XL 650 at an optimum height. A Bullet Tray is a nice addition, also. It puts your supply of projectiles right at hand, so there’s virtually no wasted motion in moving each bullet to the case mouth. Another handy extra touch is the Aluminum Roller Handle, an ergonomically perfected beauty patterned after the operating handle used on the classic megabucks RL 1000.
To err is human, so you will need a handy little reminder to keep you err-proof in the powder department. Yes, loading a case when your powder has run out is a bummer. With Dillon’s Low Powder Sensor, when the powder supply drops beneath an acceptable level, you get both audible and visible warnings to save you from embarrassment at the range or even worse.
So far, we’ve been assuming that you need large quantities of reloads for just one caliber. But, what if you’re feeding both a varmint rifle and a competition rifle or pistol, or a machine gun? Not a problem. Dillon can supply you with a caliber conversion kit, including dies, shellplate, locator buttons, etc., for just about any round you want, except maybe .50-95 Winchester Express or 6.35mm Velodog. With each caliber conversion kit, you will want a toolhead, so you can keep all your dies ready for use at a moment’s notice, without constantly screwing in and adjusting stuff. Each fully equipped and adjusted toolhead can be neatly stored and displayed on its own toolhead stand.
How it Works
The BasicsTo change calibers, you will need:
- A Die set for the new caliber.
- A Caliber Conversion Kit.
- If you have the optional electric casefeeder you may need a different casefeed plate. Please refer to the caliber conversion chart in the Instruction Manual.
- If you are using the Mr. Bulletfeeder you made need a caliber conversion.