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Can you ID this press. For sale.

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by Charger, Nov 19, 2013.

  1. Charger

    Charger Oregun City Area Member

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    Hi guys
    I just got my first 1911 and it has quickly became my favorite pistol.
    With the cost of 45acp I will need to get back into reloading.
    I did some reloading back in the mid 80's and this is the I used.
    So I would like to step up to a Dillon 550b.
    It is time for this press to find a new home.
    Can you tell me what model press this is and what the value is.
    Also can I use the dies (.357} in a Dillon.
    Any info you can give me would be great.

    Also 550b vs 650 other than being faster is their any other real advantages.
    And I believe the 550b has a 4 station head and the 650 has a 5 station.
    What is the extra station for.

    Thanks for the info.
    I will keep the dies and scale.
    So if anyone wants to make an offer.

  2. AMProducts

    AMProducts Maple Valley, WA Jerk, Ammo Manufacturer Silver Supporter

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    It's an old lyman turret press, great presses I've loaded tons of match .308 ammo on them over the years (mine was an RCBS) it's probably worth $50-100, the powder dispenser you have looks like a lyman version of the "little dandy" powder measure, so it's not user settable for powder throw, which makes it not very valuable (~$20). No matter what you're doing you're going to need to keep the scale for setting up your dillon. Otherwise I would say the scale is $20-40 on it's own.
  3. Throckmorton

    Throckmorton Florence,Ore ah gone Well-Known Member

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    the powder measure is a Lyman's 55. very accurate,and very desirable They go for about 50 dollars on the used market.They come with a large and small powder drop tube,the inner diameter is the difference.
    the dies look like std. threads and should work in a dillon just fine.Some of the very 1st Lyman's used/had odd sized dies.
    I"m not familiar enough to know the model of the press,but It should easliy be worth 50.00,possibly more.
    My 82 year old neighbor can for sure turn out more ammo in a give time with his 650 than I can with my 550,but he loads for 5 people and wants that kind of output. I can put out all the ammo I need on my 550b,and have for many years.Going slow and careful a person can easily do 300 rounds an hour,more as you gain confidence and 'learn' the machine.

    Some people like to use a 'powder cop'die,and the extra spot on the 650 comes in handy for that.

    If I needed a second press,it would be another 550b,the 650 is just too spendy for my needs. ymmv
  4. noylj

    noylj high desert Active Member

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    When I first considered a progressive press (mid-70's?), there was Dillon with a 4-station and a couple of others that were way over $1000 (Star, etc.). I wanted 5-stations. At that time, there were NO powder-through expander powder measures, so I wanted size, expand, powder charge, seat, and crimp.
    Today, I still have the same opinion. I now set-up size, expand and charge, RCBS Lock-Out, seat, and crimp
    Personally, I would not spend that much money for four stations and manual indexing. I would want auto-indexing.
    If you don't need a case collator/feeder, look at Hornady L-N-L.
    If you need case collator/feeder, get the 650.
  5. Charger

    Charger Oregun City Area Member

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    Thanks for the info.
    I think the 550b should be just fine for me for my ammo reloading needs.
  6. taylor

    taylor Willamette Valley Well-Known Member

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    That's a Lyman T-Mag press and Lyman still makes the T-mag 2 which has a silver finish and sells for $175-$200 new.