Glock10mm!
Glock10mm!
1 post
Joined July 2016

Which reloader for me

Greetings. I am looking to reduce what I am spending on ammo as I want to be able to shoot more often. I am new to reloading and I am looking to get started. Here are the calibers that I am looking to reload most often:
.308
.223
10mm
.40

what machine should I be looking at? I appreciate the information and thank you in advance.
sstrong824@bellsouth.net
sstrong824@bellso...
2 posts
Joined January 2014

RE: Which reloader for me

You didn't comment on how many rounds of each caliber you will shoot in a year, but I don't think you could go wrong with the 550b for those calibers.

Stu
Decatur, Alabama
Tread70
Tread70
16 posts
Joined August 2016

RE: Which reloader for me

I like the 550b. While the auto indexing of the 650 is nice, it makes it a little more difficult if you get out of sync when checking powder or if you have some kind of malfunction. With the manual indexing of the 550b, you can control if it indexes or not, allowing you to pull the case to check powder and either dump it back into the hopper or refill the case and then index. For a first timer or first time progressive press, it is absolutely perfect.

A lot of people will say that the 650 auto indexing with the case feeder is fast. But the 550b is plenty fast enough. The 650 does have one advantage that I can think of is the powderived checker, if I could figure out how to put it on the 550b I would.

I hope this helps some, either way you chose will be an awesome press.

Tread
Tread70
Tread70
16 posts
Joined August 2016

RE: Which reloader for me

Powder checker*
coderpitt
coderpitt
92 posts
Joined November 2012

RE: Which reloader for me

If you want to use a casefeed then 650 will be the only option to handle the .308 without removing part of the casefeed on the 550. Cost wise it's almost a wash if you're looking at casefeeds. I have a 550 and wish i started with a 650, but I've also loaded around 14k rounds on my 550 with no problem.

If you do the 550 with casefeed, you can modify the profile for the case inserter slightly and it will do .223. However, .308 is too large and you would need to disconnect it.

The 550 is a touch easier to start with because it seems to be easier to troubleshoot when something goes wrong and caliber conversions are a touch easier. Be ready to have to swage .223 as some commercials are crimping the primer holes. I experience this with .223/5.56, 9mm and 45 acp. So I have the Dillon super swage. I tried the hand reamers and it was just too much of a pain and removed too much material.

If you plan on loading less than 600-1000 at a time, then the 550 would be the way to go. If you're planning on cranking out more than that, then go with the 650 and casefeed. If you're only planning on kicking out 100-400 at a time, then the 550 without the casefeed would be good. I hope that this helps.

When looking at the cost of the two, price the 550 and 650 with casefeed... then looking at the caliber conversion, make sure to include the cost of the casefeed adapter kit per caliber to the caliber adapter kit on the 550. You'll notice the price isn't much between the two once you take this into consideration.
jawelsh1
jawelsh1
6 posts
Joined September 2014

RE: Which reloader for me

I have both the 550 and the 650. The only benefit to the 650 for me is loading a lot of 9mm or handgun loads.

Knowing what I know now the 550 is ALL you will ever need. I load rifle (308, 223, and 6.5) and pistol 9mm, 380, 45acp) on it. Yes, the 650 is a smidge faster, but in my opinion not worth it. 550 is the bet press and the best value.

Buy the 550 and don't look back!
coderpitt
coderpitt
92 posts
Joined November 2012

RE: Which reloader for me

I recommend going with a 550C to start with. if you can get a used 550B much cheaper than I would get it. I used a 550B for 17 years then when I upgraded, I sold my setup for about 80% of the retail cost and it only costed me about 200$ to upgrade. Or you can keep the 550 and buy a 650 or 1050 if you have enough money. The 550 is great for starting up because it's easier to start setting up new loads. The 650 is great if you're reloading over 200 rounds or doing larger rifle rounds.

I hope this helps.
Currently
Currently
17 posts
Joined September 2014

RE: Which reloader for me

I have two 550B’s; set up for large primer and small primer, and a 650.

Only use the 650 for trimming and loading runs over two hundred rounds.

550 is more flexible and easier to set up between different calibers in one loading session. Especially since I don’t have to mess with the priming system.