Re: thoughts on dillon 550b
I just bought a new Progressive press a few months ago. I spent alot of time researching the presses. And it came down to the Dillon 550, and the Hornady press.
I bet I read 100 or more direct comparisons, and testimonials of people who owned both. And I found very few people that had any complaints about either. Everyone who had a Dillon really liked them, and the same with the Hornady.
So it came down to price and features for me.
And the Hornady has more features for less price. So the decision for me was simple. I went with the Hornady.
I will point out the differences as I see it.
First the Hornady has one extra station than the Dillon. And that was the major decision maker for me. Personally I will not use a Progressive unless it has a powder check die. I just do not consider it safe without a powder check die. That is where the Hornady shined. It has the extra station for a powder check die for handgun cartridges.----I also like to crimp separately(not while seating). And the Hornady still has enough stations to accomadate separate crimping and a powder check die.
Second the Hornady is self indexing, and the Dillon is not.
Third-it is easier to pull a cartridge from the press if you feel the need to.
Fourth it is easier to change out dies for a different cartridge. You just use a different collet for the die for each cartridge you are reloading. Then that way the dies go back to the exact same spot-and quickly.
Hornady also has a free bullet program for their press. I believe now it is 500 bullets. When I bought mine it was 1,000 bullets free.
You can't make a bad decision between the two. Both are fantastic presses. I just felt in the end run that the Hornady wa a bit better. Tom.