D. Manley Posted January 15, 2008 Share Posted January 15, 2008 A few weeks ago I stumbled onto a little SDB for next to nothing. Looked in good shape but had a few parts missing, etc. so I called Dillon, explained things and was told for a flat rate they'd clean, repair & refurbish. Seemed like a real bargain for $29.95 so, off it went. Got it back last Friday (along with the requisite add-ons) and shazaam, looked like a new machine. They even replaced the powder measure, primer feed tubes, spent primer bin, cartridge catch bin, sent new pickup tubes and replaced most internals in addition to a good cleaning. I ran off a batch of .45 ACP soon as I got it set up using 1 of the older die sets I got with the machine. It functioned OK, only issues were the case at Station 1 (Size/DeCap) tended to miss the die every few rounds and needed to be hand-guided in -and- I had a bit of a problem getting the right crimp on the Rainier bullets. Today, swapped it over to use the new 9MM conversion I bought...(I wont mention how long the 1st changeover on this odd little weasel took me but regardless, next time will be better). Once running on the new die set, I found it to be a really slick little machine...none of the problems encountered with the .45 and couldn't ask for it to run any better. I installed the Uniquetek "Precision Baffle" on both measures from the get-go so I don't really have a (Dillon) benchmark but loading Clays on the .45 and WSF on the 9MM, I was astonished at the accuracy of the throws. Every single charge weighed was spot-on and 10-throw averages were consistently within a tenth...never more than 2-tenths on 10 throws. As I said, no benchmark so the DPM may just be good but I've not seen that kind of accuracy. Thank you Dillon (and especially, "John")...your reputation is well deserved. Next time I move up to something that plugs into an AC outlet, there's no doubt where my money will go. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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