Latin Redneck
Latin Redneck
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Joined December 2017

What's included in the basic package of the Dillon 650XL?

Hello everyone: I'm a beginner at shooting firearms, as well as reloading. I'm spending lots of money on rounds for practicing at the shooting range, and decided to look into reloading. A trusted friend and experienced shooter recommended the Dillon 650 at a basic set up, and work my way up as I gain experience. During my research, I became overwhelmed with all the information thrown at once (i.e. different calibers, parts, accessories, etc.).
I just need to know is:
1) What will I receive with the basic purchase?
2) Will I be able to mount the Dillon 650 XL onto my bench directly from the box; or do I have to purchase the elevated mounting plates separately?
3) Can I choose between the fixed ball handle or the rolling bar on the lever when I place my order; or will I have to upgrade to the rolling bar lever separately?
By the way; I'll be reloading .357Sig. Please help.
dillon
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dillon
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RE: What's included in the basic package of the Dillon 650XL?

The basic 650 includes the following:
• 1 powder measure with standard large and small powder bars (small bar installed). The small bar throws from 2.1 to 15 grains of powder. The large bar throws from 15 to 55 grains of extruded powder or up to 60 grains of ball/spherical type powder.
• 1 primer system with large and small priming parts (appropriate size installed).
• 1 large and one small primer pick-up tube.
• Low Primer Alarm

• 1 loaded cartridge bin
• 1 toolhead
• 1 powder die
• 1 caliber conversion kit - installed
• 1 set of standard Allen wrenches
You will also need (at a minimum):
• Die set (dies are not included with the base unit)

• Powder scale
• Reloading Handbook

• Dial caliper
• Primer flip tray
• Case lube (for bottleneck cartridges)

You can bolt the XL650 directly to your bench. The purpose for the strong mount is if your bench is too low for comfortable use, or if you have drawers under your benchtop you need to access.

The machine comes with the roller handle. You can purchase the roller handle separately if you wish.

For 357 SIG, think of it as a miniature rifle cartridge. Cases must be lubed, and use a headspace case gage or your barrel when adjusting the size die, to ensure the case shoulder is pushed to the correct height.
Fishobaby
Fishobaby
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Joined December 2017

RE: What's included in the basic package of the Dillon 650XL?

Someone made a video showing the "bare bones" XL 650:
https://youtu.be/NoOVFAg-8bE
Fishobaby
Fishobaby
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Joined December 2017

RE: What's included in the basic package of the Dillon 650XL?

I think that when Admin "dillon" wrote, "The machine comes with the roller handle. You can purchase the roller handle separately if you wish," something might have gone slightly wrong. I'm pretty sure it only comes with the straight ball handle.

I used that handle for years, and it's OK. I recently upgraded to an Inline Fabrication Ergo handle, which I found on eBay as a "blem" for
$30. with free shipping (currently out of stock). I didn't find anything cosmetically wrong with it, but as a trained machinist, I would say that the threads were cut a bit loose, but it was certainly adequate for this application. I don't think I would have paid more at the time, but now I would.

My table is 33 ½ inches tall. I have the Dillon strong mount, which raises the press just under seven inches. The current Strong Mount states 8 ½ inches, so maybe they changed it? It is exactly the right height for me at 71 inches tall and standing on an anti-fatigue mat. With this handle, I do not have to bend-over as I previously did at the bottom of the stroke. I'm completely thrilled with it. Inline Fabrication also make a mount, which is a little thicker than the Dillon Strong Mount. It is 9 ⅝ inches tall and costs 50% more. My Dillon mount seems adequate, however.