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For 100-120 bucks, I might just have to try this when it comes out.

 

 

I know folks have mixed feelings about putting case feeders on the 550, but this looks like it just bolts to the primer tube and is very simple/lightweight.

 

The question would be what is the capacity, and what if any time is saved when you have to refill the case tubes (kind of like the mini bullet feeder).

 

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Wondering if it can be filled from either a 650 or 1050 casefeeder on another press.  Might be a good option for those of us with multiple presses.

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This definitely looks like it would be a great addition to any 550 I can’t wait till they come out and there is feed back on function and quality of this case feeder.

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So when will this be available?
Around June this year.

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I'm not knocking the Dillon case feeder by any means but a 300 case feeder on a 400 press doesn't make sense.

If this is really going to be 120 bucks and it works as well, this will be a great addition for a 550.

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Well its almost summer so hope they are selling them soon.  I check the DAA website every other week and so far no information available.  

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I just sent them an email asking about this. I'll post up when I hear back.

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Interesting at the price point for sure, esp if able to rig up filling them from an existing casefeeder in some way.  Shuttle mechanism will be the key I think that's the main problem area with the Dillon 550 casefeed.

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I have an early Dillon 550 (1986 vintage) and read that the Dillon case feeder requires some trimming on the frame. I don't know if that's something that a DIY'er can do with a file or it requires a milling machine.

 

I hoping the DAA case feeder does not have this limitation.

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I received this reply from DAA.

 

HI,

 

I hope this finds you well.

 

I was told the 550 case feeder will be available in mid to late July.

 

Regards,

 

Josh Lentz
Sales & Technical Support
Alpha Dynamics USA

2908 Betz Court
Orefield, PA 18069
Tel: (610) 366-9752

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On 6/19/2019 at 10:43 PM, rustybayonet said:

Some how a case feeder on a 550 seems a little silly.

Just get a 650

 

I've been plenty happy with my 550 for over 30 years (and well over 1/4 million rds loaded).  Adding a simple and inexpensive case feeder will be a nice touch. 

 

So I can spend $120 or so and be just fine with my 550 or spend a couple grand for a new press with case feeder and all the conversions kits I need to get me back to where I started.  

 

Nope, not gonna happen.

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Some how a case feeder on a 550 seems a little silly.
Just get a 650
I don't disagree that it's a little silly, but I think it's the price point that makes it interesting. If it's cheap, has a low footprint, and it actually works, why not?

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Having started with a 550 then added the Dillon case feeder and now moved to a 650 with case and bullet feeders it is my feeling that if your really loading in volumes that warrant a case feeder it is really time to step up to a 650 with case feeder.

 

IMHO the best part of the 550 is that it is so dead simple. I will say that the DAA case feeder dose look better than the Dillon BUT your losing the simple nothing to go wrong aspect that makes the 550 what it is.

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If I have to orient the cases before loading into the cases (can't watch the video at work, but that's what looks to be the case), I don't see much benefit.  If you load enough ammo on the 550, you reach a point where you can place the case, bullet, and index without conscious thought.

 

As others have mentioned, I'd go back to a 650 to increase output.

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On 6/18/2019 at 1:12 AM, Flatland Shooter said:

I have an early Dillon 550 (1986 vintage) and read that the Dillon case feeder requires some trimming on the frame. I don't know if that's something that a DIY'er can do with a file or it requires a milling machine.

 

I hoping the DAA case feeder does not have this limitation.

 

Mine's the same way, a Pre-Letter 550 model.  Holding up fine.  I also ran into the CF issue, I've got a thread on it a few years back. 

 

At the time Dillon was sending out modified shellplate holder which was thinner to allow the CF to fit/work correctly so no milling required, but they did tell me they only has a small supply.  I guess they ran out so now the only option is to mill the frame.  You could also optionally upgrade to the C-Frame for less that $110 it appears, switching over all of your current components. 

 

https://www.dillonprecision.com/dillon-rl-450-rl550c-upgrade-frame-change-kit_8_6_23995.html

 

Depending on if/what they charge for the milling, that could be a better option.  For that matter, one could probably sell their 550/550B and buy a new C press and not be out of pocket much too more than the $110 upgrade fee as well.

 

Personally I thought the Dillion CaseFeeder was a mess and took it off pretty quickly, and would not recommend it, nor milling.upgrading just for the sake of the casefeed.

 

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On 6/23/2019 at 8:39 PM, rustychev said:

 it is my feeling that if your really loading in volumes that warrant a case feeder it is really time to step up to a 650 with case feeder.

 

IMHO the best part of the 550 is that it is so dead simple.

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