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Best place to buy gear?

Post by BryanGA on Thu Feb 23, 2012 1:21 pm

I am planning on a Dillion 550B. I always try and give a local shop the chance to get my money and will give it to them even if they are a little higher than online. That said I always shop around. Where is the best place to buy?

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Post by Steve B on Thu Feb 23, 2012 1:30 pm

Brian Enos website.

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Post by Nowind0 on Thu Feb 23, 2012 2:16 pm

You have to shop around, get in with other shooters that put together group buys, get to know dealers, beg, borrow, but come up short of stealing.

Most people do not think of this, but if the cost is only a few dollars, I will support the local shops over the online sites. You will pay a bit more, but they will be there when you need the stuff same day.

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Post by DavidR on Thu Feb 23, 2012 2:36 pm

Only guy local that sells dillon is Hi- caliber in holly springs ga., but he has very little, best to order direct from Dillon, since you will need a 550, plus dies and they have many other goodies that make reloading easier, strong mount, primer flipper tray, bullet catcher bin and other stuff. As for other bullseye items, bullseye gear .com is a good place, if you need a gun box i have a like new one for sale. Also I can hook you up with one of our local BE shooters that casts bullets that just love the x ring.


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Post by BryanGA on Thu Feb 23, 2012 2:38 pm

Thanks David I knew hi-caliber had a pretty good selection. I am good on a box. Sorry i missed shooting on tuesday.

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Post by DavidR on Thu Feb 23, 2012 2:41 pm

No biggie, we are there every Tuesday!

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Post by BryanGA on Fri Mar 02, 2012 1:24 am

Ok ordered the Dillon 550B Do I need $65.00 dies?

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Post by AllAces on Fri Mar 02, 2012 8:54 am

You do need carbide dies. I use Redding, RCBS and Lyman. Never had any Lee dies. Some swear by them, some swear at them. Lees are cheaper though and come with a shell holder. Sometimes you can get a deal at a gunshow. I recently picked up a new Lyman three die carbide set for .45 Colt for $25.

If you get dies and the de-priming rod has a replaceable tip, get some extra tips. Eventually you will bend one.

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Post by BE Mike on Fri Mar 02, 2012 9:48 am

BryanGA wrote:Ok ordered the Dillon 550B Do I need $65.00 dies?
I've been reloading since about 1970. I have a Dillon 550B and 650. I use Lyman, RCBS, Dillon and a stray Lee die in mine. The sizing dies are all carbide. Without question, I suggest the carbide sizing dies. While the Lyman and RCBS dies load very good ammo, the Dillon dies do work slicker in the Dillon presses. The Dillon seater is easy to clean without removing it and having to readjust it. IMHO pay once and cry once, and the extra $25.00 is little to pay when you consider that it is a once in a lifetime expenditure. As a side note, I would suggest that you lube your cases before sizing, even if you get carbide dies, especially if you use new (unfired) brass. I have been using Lyman spray lube, but I've heard good things about Dillon and Hornady spray lubes. A little case lube goes a long way.

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Post by BryanGA on Fri Mar 02, 2012 11:38 am

Thanks. I figured that it was going to be worth the money.

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Post by DavidR on Fri Mar 02, 2012 11:46 am

Ive had every kind of die made, if your loading lead, buy dillion, cause of the easy cleaning feature if just loading fmj, then redding is better imo.

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Post by Jwhelan939 on Sun Jul 28, 2013 11:04 am

I know I'm the minority, but I live by Hornady. I have 2 single stage and a progressive. 99% of the time I use the single stage. I enjoy reloading almost as much as shooting so I'm not worried about the time. Plus I feel more confident in my ammo on a single stage.

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Post by DavidR on Mon Jul 29, 2013 11:05 am

If you have the time and patience to load on a single you can make some great ammo, thats how bench rest shooters do it, one at a time

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