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Old August 11th, 2017, 08:45 AM #11
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If you liked a car but couldn't afford it yet you wouldn't just buy the body that you could afford then later add the engine and transmission when you could afford them, would you?
More like buying a car and deciding later to add AC and radio.

A BL550 is fully functional load ammo. A car without engine or tranny is not functional as a car.
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Old August 12th, 2017, 10:39 AM #12
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A BL550 is fully functional load ammo. A car without engine or tranny is not functional as a car.
If you can load fully functional ammo without needing to prime or throw a powder charge.
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If you can load fully functional ammo without needing to prime or throw a powder charge.
So a single stage press is not functional??????



I guess a car without an engine and/or tranny is functional.

IF you are Fred Flintstone.
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The 550C is functionally identical to the 550B. It differs in the upper link pin installation and grease maintenance capability.
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This is a B, look at the front of the frame and the upper link arm pin.

You can tell its one of the later 550B presses because the lower link arm pin has the grease zerk.
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This is the new 550C. Notice the truss shape on the front beam of the frame and the upper link pin is hex because it's threaded.

Those are the only differences between the two.
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So a single stage press is not functional??????
You said, "A BL550 is fully functional load ammo." and it's not. If it contained all the functions it needed to complete the task, the owner wouldn't need anything in addition to what the regular 550B/C needs and that is not the case.

Sure a single stage press is functional.

Like the Lee breechlock on the left. You can't prime on it without buying something extra, so it's less functional than the challenger on the right.
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How do you throw a powder charge with those two??????????

The BL550 is no less functional than a single stage press. Both need some other things to complete the job.

But the BL550 allows later upgrade to a full progressive. Do those two Lees have that?

Don't get me wrong. I like single stage presses, and think that every reloader some have one. And I like Lee products for the most part. Some are below my threshold for quality/usability, but they do work.
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The BL550 is no less functional than a single stage press.
Ok but that doesn't make it "fully functional", when it requires more equipment to do the same job the RL550B/C can do out of the box.

How about I concede that the BL550 is fully functional if you have something extra to prime cases and throw powder charges and you need neither addition to load on the RL550b/c.
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Ok but that doesn't make it "fully functional", when it requires more equipment to do the same job the RL550B/C can do out of the box.

How about I concede that the BL550 is fully functional if you have something extra to prime cases and throw powder charges and you need neither addition to load on the RL550b/c.
It is as fully functional as a SINGLE STAGE PRESS.
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