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Tom S.

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  1. From the Helpful Links sticky at the top of this section: http://brianenos.com/pages/dillon#which
  2. Seems like every time I come to this site, it costs me money!
  3. You are aware that Toyota's are made in America by Americans, aren't you? Aside from that, your argument could also be turned around to state which company is more likely to be around in 20 years for parts: one that's been in business for 40 years or one that's been in business for 4? As for back log - there were back log orders for Edsels and Deloreans as well (since we're using autos for comparisons). There are pluses and minuses to both presses.
  4. I had two Pro 1000's before moving on to the 650. One was dedicated to 38/357 and the other to 9mm. Had multiple problems with both and was always dinking with them to fix something. Having primers go boom and a run of a handful of 9mm with no powder in a batch of 300 drove me to the Dillon and I've never been sorry. Sold one press to an acquaintance for $50 and gave the other to a friend who used it for a few months and upgraded to a Dillon as well. The Pro 1000 makes an excellent sales point for 550's and 650's. ?
  5. I'm not dissing MA die, but the Lee is more than adequate at far less the price ($13 vs $50). I have a dedicated tool head for my 650 with just the Lee decapping die to use before wet tumbling. Processing the brass through is stupid fast. BTW, I'm not a Lee fanboy by any stretch of the imagination, but their decapping die is one of the things that Lee got right.
  6. The key to having a multitude of problems with any progressive loader is for it to be unsteady. An unbolted bench is a surefire recipe for head aches an woes, not to mention inconsistent ammo.
  7. 1500 is a pretty good test to see if it's fixed or not.
  8. Not on Amazon either. Hope all is well with him!
  9. Tanks is right - if you can set up a progressive press, this should be completely doable.
  10. Man, you're turning this into a cliff hanger!
  11. Best case scenario: their resident expert took one look at it, saw the problem and fixed it. Worst case scenario: their resident dummy took one look at it, couldn't remember what he doing and sent it back. Hope it's the former and not the latter.
  12. Any ETA from Dillon on when you can expect it's return? I'm anxious to see how it turns out (not as anxious as you are, I'm sure!).
  13. Not only is his machining great, but his customer service is top notch. I had an issue with the primer stop switch - not his issue because my 650 is an ancient model - and he went out to resolve the issue. I'd recommend him in a heartbeat. As for the original question as stated, the 650 offers an additional station and auto indexing. I fell for the powder check early on, but have found it's really not needed. If you plan on limiting your caliber changes, the extra station works great for a bullet feed operation. The 650 also is a great machine if you are into case prep and wet tumbling. Adding a tool head with a Lee universal decaping die allows you run brass through at an incredible rate to deprime before cleaning. If I was considering going to a 1050 in lieu of the 650, I'd take a hard look at the new competition, the Mark 7 Revolution. Pricey, but man, what a machine!
  14. https://forums.brianenos.com/topic/260316-mark7-evolution/
  15. Simple: you hijack someone else's thread to complain about it.
  16. That's a pretty neat gadget, but a bit pricey. Think I'll see about making one instead of buying.
  17. It sucks to have this happen on a holiday weekend, as a lot of members aren't around to help, plus Dillon is closed. If you don't get any helpful responses here by Tuesday, give Dillon a call. They don't care if you bought the machine new or not and will help you fix the issue. That's one of many reasons why they are so great. ?
  18. When people discuss the cost of the Dillon (vs any other machine) I point out my 650 is over $20 years old, I've had the use of it for all those years, and I could sell it tomorrow for a lot more than I paid for it. You can't say that about a lot of things.
  19. I wish the new Speer Manual #15 was available in this format. ?
  20. You can't say you want the best, then say you don't want to break the bank. Either you want the best or you don't. No matter what make or model you settle on, you also need a set check weights (best if they are close to what weight you are typically weighing) for periodic verification. Weights, unless grossly misused don't change, so a decent set will last forever. You can get by with making your own, so long as it's durable (metal of some sort) and you verify it's weight with more than one scale.
  21. I maintained for decades that I didn't reload to save money, but to shoot more for the amount of money I spent, and to custom tailor loads for my guns. More recently, it was to have ammo when I wanted it, but that's eased a bit.
  22. Going against the flow here.... The strong mount is a good item, but if your bench is well built a strong mount may not be unnecessary. My bench is composed of two pieces of 3/4 plywood glued and screwed together, with a 1/4 piece of hardboard mounted on top. I have a 1/4 steel plate under the bed that the press bolts go through, and the bench is tied to the wall. I have no need for the strong mount and if I did try to use it, the press would stand too high for me to use a chair when reloading. I do however agree with the case feeder and roller handle. In lieu of the Dillon roller handle though, you might want to look at the one made by Inline Fab.
  23. Want2BS8ed, I'm agreeing with you on the shill. There is nothing wrong with posting new equipment, in fact it should be encouraged. But getting defensive about legitimate comments or questions is a sign of insecurity and/or incompetence. I'm clueless to how a tool head gets beat up unless some one is grossly negligent. Kind of like trying to sell a new car with rust on it and claiming "It's just going to get rusty anyway". ?
  24. I guess you're not a machinist. Curious though, would you be happy with a .45 slide that looked like that?
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