Dillon vs Hornady LNL

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Dillon vs Hornady LNL

Post by Virgil Kane on 3/7/2014, 7:20 am

Curious if anybody has experience with and can compare  both the Dillon 650 and the Hornady Lock and Load presses ?

Likes, dislikes ?

Priced about the same I was wondering if there is any advantage of one over the other.

Most people I know have the Dillon but the few that have the L-N-L like them very much too.


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Re: Dillon vs Hornady LNL

Post by DavidR on 3/7/2014, 9:12 am

Ive had several dillons, square deal, 550 and 2, 1050s, also have had a lee pro 1000 and the rcbs semi progressive 2000 and a hornady lock n load. IMO the lock n load will load ammo  that is more consistent than any of these machines.
one of the main reasons is the powder measure is more precise than Dillon's design. I currently use a lock n load for my 50 yard ammo and a 1050 set up with a hornady powder measure for my short line ammo. That said I have friends with all of the above including the 650 that do well, so many times its in how attentive to the details you are as to how your loads come out.
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Re: Dillon vs Hornady LNL

Post by DeweyHales on 3/7/2014, 11:32 am

At one time, I had an RCBS piggyback progressive, 2 Dillon 650s and a Hornady LNL AP.  I still have all but the Hornady. 

To switch from caliber to caliber, the casefeed needs tinkering with the Hornady.  With the Dillons, you just interchange pieces.  Time is my most valuable commodity.  For me, making the switch was a no brainer. 

In Hornady's defense, I bought my press at the peak of the 0bama panic.  I think mine escaped through without the normally quality control.  It was finicky in the way it indexed.  Then, a pawl broke.  Things got worse.  I got it working correctly and sold it. 

My Dillons are set up as large and small primer presses.  I load 45, 260 and 308 on one.  The other is for .38, 9mm, and 223. 

I load my 600 yard service rifle ammo on my Dillon 650.  At a recent match, I fired a 197/200.  That is all the ammo consistency I need. 

I lucked into the first Dillon at an estate sale.  The other was purchased. 

All will load great ammo.  Pick your flavor and you will likely be happy.
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Re: Dillon vs Hornady LNL

Post by Rob Kovach on 3/7/2014, 11:46 am

I have the Dillon 550b and I helped Alex Alphabet set up his new Hornady LNL.  I think they are both good, quality units that can make good ammo.  Choose the one that you like best.  I like the way the LNL can quick change the dies without adjusting them with the cheaper die plate.
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