Dillon vs RCBS Pistol Dies

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Dillon vs RCBS Pistol Dies

Post by dsandula on Thu May 28, 2015 6:25 am

I've been reloading pistol caliber's (38 Spec, 45 ACP & 9 MM) single stage for 25 years with RCBS.  I want to move up to a progressive with a Dillon 550.  Is buying the Dillon dies a good investment in quality?  

I think I'd be just fine staying with the RCBS dies, at least at first.

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Re: Dillon vs RCBS Pistol Dies

Post by jmdavis on Thu May 28, 2015 9:09 am

You will at least want the powder through expander die if you are using the dillon measure on the 550. The others are a matter of choice and preference. You can order just the powder/expander from the dillion website.

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Re: Dillon vs RCBS Pistol Dies

Post by Dave C. on Thu May 28, 2015 9:12 am

You will need a separate seat and crimp die.  The brand is you choice.

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Re: Dillon vs RCBS Pistol Dies

Post by STEVE SAMELAK on Thu May 28, 2015 9:25 am

When you buy a Dillon press it comes with a set of dies installed, so you get to try them anyway

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Re: Dillon vs RCBS Pistol Dies

Post by dronning on Thu May 28, 2015 9:37 am

STEVE SAMELAK wrote:When you buy a Dillon press it comes with a set of dies installed, so you get to try them anyway
 I started with the Dillon dies and now I have mixed dies RCBS/Redding/Dillon/Lee depending on what I am loading.

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Re: Dillon vs RCBS Pistol Dies

Post by Dr.Don on Thu May 28, 2015 10:51 am

I like the Dillon dies, but I did have the carbide sizing ring pop out of my 9mm Dillon die.  I reset it with some high strength epoxy, but it should not have happened.  The seater and taper crimper are particularly nice with the removable internals.

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Re: Dillon vs RCBS Pistol Dies

Post by DavidR on Thu May 28, 2015 10:51 am

STEVE SAMELAK wrote:When you buy a Dillon press it comes with a set of dies installed, so you get to try them anyway

not all dillons come with dies. I personally like the Dillon seating die but use redding for the others, dillons decap resize has let me down several times crushing brass if it was not lubed good.

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