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Old August 7th, 2017, 06:44 PM #1
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Dillon "Starter" Press

I just got the new Blue Press and flipping through it, I saw that Dillon now has a "starter" press.

The BL550. Lower cost. Basically an RL550 stripped down to be a turret press. BUT, you can upgrade it later to a full RL550B progressive press.

https://www.dillonprecision.com/bl-5...8_1_25792.html
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It is an easy way in to the world of Dillon reloading. I do like this loader, due to the ability to use extruded powders on a 550, instead of being limited to ball or flake powders with the automatic powder measure.
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I don't have any old Blue Presses laying about but, as I recall, before the RL550B came along, they used to market the 550 basic with nothing but the press. Everything else could be added piece by piece.

The latest move is probably a marketing strategy to stimulate shooters to start reloading. Many of the young people I know have no interest in reloading and just buy their ammo on line. Too bad.
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That press has been out for several years. Good idea

I got the RL 450 B months before the 550 was announced. It had the plate advancer, measure and loaded round chute with bin. IIRC, the 550 came out similarly equipped. I remember that because I called them to see about exchanging the 450 for the 550.
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That press has been out for several years. Good idea

I got the RL 450 B months before the 550 was announced. It had the plate advancer, measure and loaded round chute with bin. IIRC, the 550 came out similarly equipped. I remember that because I called them to see about exchanging the 450 for the 550.
I seem to remember an upgrade kit to change a 450 into a 550.
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The latest move is probably a marketing strategy to stimulate shooters to start reloading. Many of the young people I know have no interest in reloading and just buy their ammo on line. Too bad.
IMO, it is to have people buy a blue press to start.

Someone new to reloading is looking to spend less on the press, as they need to buy everything. And may not see the need for a full progressive to start with.

So this gives them a press to start, at a lower price point, that is upgradeable in the future. Smart move.
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I seem to remember an upgrade kit to change a 450 into a 550.
There is and I did it to mine. The interchangeable toolhead feature is too good not to have. I learned that with the Lee turret press.

The reason the BL 550 was developed was to give a 'beginner' single stage press the capability to be retrofitted to progressive configuration. The group at Dillon was hashing out a proposal for a single stage to market. They asked an employee, a former world champion speed shooter, what he thought. He said he was told to start woth a single stage then go to a progressive. He was emphatic in stressing all his single stage stuff was unnecessary. The result was the BL 550 was developed.

I looked for a progressive early on after starting reloading. There were very few choices, none of them really viable until I read an ad for the Dillon 450B. I was close to ordering it. Then Lee came out with the Pro 1000. I had one of Lee's original turret presses. Then I had to choose what appeared the best machine. Took all of half an hour to determine there was no significant comparison. Cry once, buy once. The Dillon it was and still is.
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I just read that there is now a RL550C. Is this new, or old news? Looks like it replaced the B.
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Dillon changed the frame design on both the 550 and 650.

The 550 got a name change from "B" to "C", the 650 did not. I think the reason is there is no "BL" 650 to get confused with like the stripped down 550.

In any case the "C" doesn't do anything a "B" won't do, the "BL" is a 550 stripped of the primer system and powder measure/failsafe. If you want more manual operations, it might be the press for you. If you want auto powder drop and priming save up and buy them assembled by Dillon.

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?
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Dillon changed the frame design on both the 550 and 650.

The 550 got a name change from "B" to "C", the 650 did not. I think the reason is there is no "BL" 650 to get confused with like the stripped down 550.

In any case the "C" doesn't do anything a "B" won't do, the "BL" is a 550 stripped of the primer system and powder measure/failsafe. If you want more manual operations, it might be the press for you. If you want auto powder drop and priming save up and buy them assembled by Dillon.

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?
Always appreciate your posts. I have a "B". Just curious more than anything and you answered that.
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