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Hello all.
I have been a fan of Dillon Precision equipment for many years. I have been debating between the RL 550C and the XL750. I sometimes think you need an engineering degree to figure the XL750. I am not a competitive shooter so I do not reload 1,000 + rounds per month. In fact I might only reload about 2,000 per year. I will need it for multiple calibers (300 AAC Blackout, .223 Rem, 308 WIn, 45acp, 40 S&W, 38 Spl, 9mm). I wish to start with 300 AAC Blackout since these days that is like trying to find a unicorn.
 

Critter9a

Load Data Eligible Henry steel 357 Magnum
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Clyde I do 300 blk a) get a chop saw (small table version) b) cutting jig (not mandatory but makes life easier). c) buy 223 in bulk. ( I managed to get 1k cases for .06 cents per case. d)a mighty armory 300 blk sizer die. (they just last longer and take a beating better than standard dies). casting and powder coating helps bring down costs. A case trimmer example WGT (worlds greatest trimmer by little crow works, or a lee trimmer )The best fmj or plated bullets are between 12-18 cpb. there is a crap ton more stuff about it that I am forgetting.
 

walterbunning

Load Data Eligible Ruger Blackhawk
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Hello all.
I have been a fan of Dillon Precision equipment for many years. I have been debating between the RL 550C and the XL750. I sometimes think you need an engineering degree to figure the XL750. I am not a competitive shooter so I do not reload 1,000 + rounds per month. In fact I might only reload about 2,000 per year. I will need it for multiple calibers (300 AAC Blackout, .223 Rem, 308 WIn, 45acp, 40 S&W, 38 Spl, 9mm). I wish to start with 300 AAC Blackout since these days that is like trying to find a unicorn.
The 750 isn’t that tricky. Highboy here has a ton of “step by step” videos that walk you through the set up and use of the machine. That said, and based on your stated needs, you might be better served with a 550 and use the savings to purchase other needed gear or components.
 
The 750 isn’t that tricky. Highboy here has a ton of “step by step” videos that walk you through the set up and use of the machine. That said, and based on your stated needs, you might be better served with a 550 and use the savings to purchase other needed gear or components.
I have binged watched a bunch of Highboy's videos on the XL750. I used to use the Lee 50 Year Anniversary kit, and a Lyman. both single stage.
Clyde I do 300 blk a) get a chop saw (small table version) b) cutting jig (not mandatory but makes life easier). c) buy 223 in bulk. ( I managed to get 1k cases for .06 cents per case. d)a mighty armory 300 blk sizer die. (they just last longer and take a beating better than standard dies). casting and powder coating helps bring down costs. A case trimmer example WGT (worlds greatest trimmer by little crow works, or a lee trimmer )The best fmj or plated bullets are between 12-18 cpb. there is a crap ton more stuff about it that I am forgetting.
I have seen a lot of others on YouTube use a small cutoff saw from Harbor Freight. I am not 100% sure I trust myself doing that, though I can see there would be a rather large cost savings.
 

Veryolddog

Foxtrot Mike 8.5" 45 ACP SMG Pistol
I have both the 750 and the 550 C. When in doubt, buy both, because you only live once and when you are going to be 78 in a month or so, life is short and then you die.

Just a note, if you are not careful, that 750 can get away from you and you will find yourself processing 400 to 500 hundred rounds without much effort at all.
 
Clyde,
I recently had to decide between the 550 & the 750. Like you I intended to reload a few different calibres on the press & although I was very tempted by the 750 I chose the 550 as it was easier to swap toolheads/dies & shellplate etc which tied in with my desire to quickly load just a few hundred of one calibre & then change setup.

However - as Walter pointed out on another thread the operation & setting up of a press can be an enjoyable interest in itself so if you fall into that category & don’t mind a bit of extra time & fiddling about setting up then a 750 may be just the thing.

Regards
Russell
 
I have binged watched a bunch of Highboy's videos on the XL750. I used to use the Lee 50 Year Anniversary kit, and a Lyman. both single stage.

I have seen a lot of others on YouTube use a small cutoff saw from Harbor Freight. I am not 100% sure I trust myself doing that, though I can see there would be a rather large cost savings.
i just sent off 100+ 223 cases to be processed to 300 blackout. Might be worth a look? Now if I could just find dies!
 
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