Setting up Dillon RL1000 - Dies Question

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Setting up Dillon RL1000 - Dies Question

Post by beeser on Wed Nov 25, 2015 11:47 am

I recently picked up a Dillon RL1000 and would like to set it up with some new 45 ACP dies.  I've narrowed it down to either Redding or Dillon.  I like the Dillon dies for the reliability of the sizing/depriming die and ease of cleaning of the other two but all of them seem more difficult to adjust than the Redding dies.  The Redding dies on the other hand have the micrometer adjustment available on the seating and crimp dies.  I'm also thinking of using a separate die for flaring the case mouth instead of using the one that's on the powder measure assembly.  Any comments or suggestions?

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Re: Setting up Dillon RL1000 - Dies Question

Post by Rob Kovach on Thu Nov 26, 2015 1:34 am

I really like my Dillon dies.  Once I set them, I forget them...

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Re: Setting up Dillon RL1000 - Dies Question

Post by JayhawkNavy02 on Thu Nov 26, 2015 2:33 am

I'm picking up a Redding Micrometer searting die.  As mentioned, the rest of the dies have great features, since they let you take them apart without affecting your adjustment.

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Re: Setting up Dillon RL1000 - Dies Question

Post by beeser on Thu Nov 26, 2015 10:47 am

Ideally I would like the Dillon dies but with a fine adjustment on top for seating and crimp.

Edit:  Maybe the die adjustment will not be as difficult on the RL1000 because the dies are held in place by an integral set screw located at each die position thereby eliminating the need for the lock nut on the die itself.  That nut is always a pain to get to on my XL650, especially the crimp die.

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Re: Setting up Dillon RL1000 - Dies Question

Post by Jack H on Thu Nov 26, 2015 12:44 pm

Loading 45 is far from loading benchrest ammunition.  No need to get too technical about it.  I use the take apart Dillon seater and crimper dies for messy lead.  For jackets I use the Redding micrometer seated and a RCBS taper crimp seater die without the seater.  That is my best crimper.  Set up and adjusting takes all of five minutes once you get the hang of it.  Deal with it with out so much worry.

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Re: Setting up Dillon RL1000 - Dies Question

Post by Wes Lorenz on Fri Nov 27, 2015 1:29 am

beeser wrote:  I'm also thinking of using a separate die for flaring the case mouth instead of using the one that's on the powder measure assembly.  Any comments or suggestions?
Hi beeser,
I have two RL-1000's and they have a separate case flaring @ station 3 (it's part of the powder measure base). Call Dillon and they may still have the   belling screw/flaring part #TH02.
Hope this helps,
Wes

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Re: Setting up Dillon RL1000 - Dies Question

Post by beeser on Fri Nov 27, 2015 11:25 am

Dillon apparently still has the expander plug (yea!) and as it turns out the machine also came separately with a set of Lee carbide dies in .45 ACP.  The only one missing was the factory crimp die, which I already have.  Both the seating and crimp dies are adjustable on top.  So, I'll try the Lee dies and see how they work.  If I don't like them I'll switch to the Dillon dies.  In fact, I'm so impressed with the RL1000 that I may sell one of my XL650s and use the 45 dies from it if necessary.  If you happen to come across a 1000 I would suggest not passing it up because of its age or the supposed lack of spare parts.  The machine is exceptionally well built.

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