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  1. The 1050 is so easy to work on, that the only reason to use a single shell plate for 40 and 9 is to save money. It takes a minute or two to pull the toolhead and another couple minutes to pull the shell plunger, move the shell ejector and take off the nut that holds the shell plate. That is great if you only need a single shell plate. Also, it doesn't hurt to clean under the plate and lube where needed. Heck, I just tore my machine down to the frame to clean, relube, and switch from 9 to 40. It has been a relaxing couple hours moving at a slow pace. There is cat hair all over mine and this is the first time I pulled the crank and bearings out, so it has taken longer than it will in the future. It wasn't even necessary to look at any schematics. These machines are simple and built like a tank. I would rather tear down the 1050 than my 550. My machine gets changed over once or twice a year on average and I just finished a nice run of 9mm, so it won't need changed over until that batch is about used up.
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    Dillon Case lube

    One shot is great for pistol brass, and I don't clean the lube off the ammo when done. Dillon lube is great for rifle brass, which I tumble after sizing. I use large Folgers coffee cans for lube buckets. Spray the lube on, shake and dump into case feeders, then put the lid on the can to keep the cat hair and dust out of it. I bought some DIY Dillon lube for my brother and I. His half was a Christmas gift. I even made up an ad to go with his gift. I hate advertising as much of it is made up BS. I regurgitated some of that BS into the case lube ad.
  3. The 1050 only takes me 20 minutes to change calibers from 9mm to 40 cal, or visa versa. It is more fun to change out than my 550. The only real downside, is the cost of the machine and conversion parts and toolheads. My brother just got a 650, which is really nice, but it is very odd to use after running a 550 and 1050. The 1050 is a beast and is built like a small block Chevy. The parts are simple and tough and not that hard to work on. Priming on the downstroke is priceless. I forget to prime on the 650, because the auto indexing makes me think I am using the 1050 that I am used to. When I do prime on the 650, I try to index the machine afterward and find that it is already done. The 650 priming system is also different than the 550 and 1050. The adjustable priming depth on the 1050 is also great, as I don't have to push hard on the handle to make sure I fully seated the primer. I load 40 and 9mm the most, but I would load the others on the 1050 in a heartbeat if I had the extras for it. Swaging by hand sucks and I would like to do 223 ammo on the 1050, but I can't quite justify the expense.