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I need help in deciding which press to get. Seems like the Square Deal is pretty much ready to roll and I am quite satisfied with the claim of 400-500 rounds per hour. Do I really need all the bells and whistles of the 550?

I should add that I am an experienced reloader having owned a first genertion RCBS 4x4 manual indexing press for over 20 years. I think it's time to upgrade.
 

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The 550 lets you use standard dies. It is the workhorse of the dillon line. It has manual indexing and manual casefeeding.

The square deal has auto indexing, but must use non-standard dies due to its size. Both are good and in the hands of an experienced reloader can easily do 500 round/hour. If you are changing calibers quite a bit, the 550 is probably a little less fussy. Its easy to change the tool head out and such.

Get what you can afford and would be happy with 5-10years down the road.


Reloading is def. the way to go. I load alot of .40. 1000 rounds costs me about 115$ with a JHP 180 gr, bullet. Case+powder+primer+bullet. the same round i produce costs me 195$ per 1000. If i pick up brass at the range (assuming its good, knocks 15 bucks outta that).
 

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Place on a reloading bench. One caliber and never another Sq Deal, if money isn't an issue 550B. Have two Sq D's and a 550B. Diffently a Dillon though, love the 550 B.
 

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Picked up the 550 today brand spankin' new at a gun show. Weedoggie!! Will be loading .40 SW and .45 ACP as soon as I can figure out how to work this thing! Quite a leap from my old RCBS.
 

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R/T Performance said:
What did you have to give for that?Just ordered a square deal from brian :D
The prices are the same everywhere - $350 for the 550B. I have seen it on the internet for $325 but they probably make up the difference by jacking up the shipping. By buying it at the gun show, I saved on shipping. Out the door, in the car, and home sweet home.

I am still setting up. I figured I'd take it slow.
 

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Enjoy the 550B, and above all, be safe. Be sure to share any loads that you develop with the rest of us! .40 is finicky as hell. I have 400 rounds of nearly useless ammo due to a slight adjustment to OAL. The "parent load" was fantastic, but I had to screw with things...
 
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