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Joined December 2020

Older Dillon Tumbler Model Numbers

Self Intro for first post here: I am looking at starting to reload, been thinking about it for many years and I now have a lead on a bunch of Dillon equipment. Probably more equipment than a beginner should own, but if I can buy it all for a decent price, I will be swimming in equipment. My loading bench will need to be setup ASAP so I can start the learning process.

Very curious here, in the collection, I saw two older model tumblers, (possibly FL-990?).

I have found no information on these anywhere online.

Is there a listing of older Dillon Tumbler model numbers? Or are there more experienced Dillon reloaders that remember something similar?

Thank you,

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Joined February 2016

RE: Older Dillon Tumbler Model Numbers

Welcome to the club Bill!
It sounds like you off to a great start. I've been reloading for nearly fifty years and using Dillon stuff for thirty. I wouldn't worry about having too much equipment. With time and practice, you'll discover what stuff you use a lot, which stuff you need to use occasionally and perhaps an item or two that you won't need at all.
I have owned a few Dillon tumblers. Historically, they have offered two sizes: a small one that will tumble approximately 500 pistol cases, and a large one that will tumble about 2000 cases at a time. Usually the model numbers give an indication of their case capacity. As electric products, the motor will wear out and they are one of the few examples Dillon doesn't replace with their "no B.S. warrant." So the long and the short of this piece of equipment is that they work really well until the motor burns out. Then they don't work at all and its time to strip off some of the hardware, pitch the rest and order a new tumbler.
Some prefer to use crushed walnut media. I tend to use the ground up corn cob, and that is a bit cheaper if you can find a wholesaler selling it in bulk. In my experience it works better with a liquid polishing agent added. I use the Dillon blue stuff, but I have no experience with other brand products that may work equally well.
Take an additional look at the equipment to see if there is a media separator included. Dillon also made two sizes of those which corresponded to the tumblers. After the tumbler has cleaned your cases, you'll need a piece of equipment to pour your mix into that will allow you to easily separate the media from the cases. Its a little messy; with time it gets less messy. But your cases clean up well and it is much easier to inspect and work with clean cases.
If nobody has told you yet, when you begin reloading, you will begin to accumulate ammunition, so you'll just HAVE TO SHOOT MORE!
Good luck in your acquisition.