The RL 550B and the XL 650 presses do not come with Dies.
Dies are ordered separately for both the 550 and the 650. You can, however, use any manufacturer’s standard 7/8″ x 14 dies in a 550 or a 650 press.
Progressive Dies, Non-Progressives Dies
With the RL 550B’s 4-station Toolhead, and the XL 650’s 5-station Toolhead – both machines are designed to seat the bullet and taper crimp the round in separate stations. Chances are your non ‘progressive’ dies seat & crimp in the same die.
The Redding Upgrade
We would strongly suggest you consider upgrading to the Redding Dies. In the greater scheme of things, the upgrade is a small cost and it ensures you are setting yourself up with the best, right from the start.
Dies DO NOT come with the 550 or the 650 press.
The calibre selection for either press includes the Caliber Conversion Kit for that calibre.
Both the RL 550B and the XL 650 press come with:
- Primer Early Warning System (Electronic)
- Automatic Priming System for small and large primers
- Automatic Powder Measure System inc. small (pistol) and large (rifle) powder charge bars.
- Akro Bin (catches loaded ammo)
- Caliber Conversion Kit: All the caliber-specific items for the press, except Dies
- 1 Small and 1 Large Primer Pickup Tube
- Standard (not ball-end) hex key set (allen wrenches)
Have a read up on some of our recommended upgrades and add-ons to make your reloading more efficient, more accurate, more fun!
The reason you are likely looking at a progressive press in the first place is due to speed – speed being a combination of technology and ergonomics. While there are several options within the Dillion Family itself, we have looked beyond, to specialist, boutique suppliers that will enable you to hotrod your Dillion.
If nothing else, get a casefeeder system. Otherwise you will be swearing at yourself (and probably me) for having to stop every 20 or so rounds to put more cases into the tube.
Each casefeeder comes with a plate to match the calibre selected. So, buy one casefeed assembly, then just swap out the plate if switching between the small or large calibres.
Powder Check System
In my opinion, another of the ‘must have’ additions to the 650. Because we have auto-indexing on this machine, and therefore the plan is to run it faster, we also increase the risk of a no, or low powder charge.
While I would like to think you are going to notice an empty powder hopper, checking at the case end covers off a couple of potential issues at the same time.
This isn’t a replacement for paying attention, but if you are trying to doing things at speed – this is an excellent check for yourself.
Inline Fabrication Ultramount System
Unless you are particularly short, or, set up the entire system to work from a sitting position, the standard press mounted to a table, is likely to actually be far too short to be the most ergonomic setup for you. Certainly, at 6-foot-1-andabit, the standard setup was too short for me to comfortably use for any decent amount of time. So the first thing to do is get it lifted up to a better working height.
Inline Fabrication makes a series of mounting systems for all manner of presses. Lifting the unit up and providing more footprint (meaning more stability) – the mounts also provide the space to start adding on other accessories to really ramp up your reloading.
Inline Fabrication makes their mounts to a higher standard than the Dillion Ones, and, should you change in the future – the top plate can be swapped out for a new plate, or, install the quick-change system and save bench space!
Inline Fabrication Double Bullet Tray
Much like the Input/Output Bins – the Double Tray is designed to get the projectiles closer to the process – minimising hand movements and increasing ergonomics. Twin bins give you one bin for projectiles and another to keep tools and parts handy.
Inline Fabrication Ergo Roller Handle
Finally, replace the standard handle with a roller model. Not only easier on the hands, but the angled shaft also makes the stroke easier on the back.
Primer Flip Tray
Flips 100 primers at a time, “cup side up,” so they are ready to be picked up by the:
Primer Pickup Tubes
All Dillon machines come with one small and one large Primer Pickup Tube, so I highly recommend buying a 4-pack of extra Pickup Tubes (in the appropriate size) when buying a press. Both small and large Primer Pickup Tubes hold 100 primers.
It has a 1″ open-end wrench on one end, which fits the lock rings on Dillon’s Dies (only), and a 7/16″ box-end (fits the Powder Measure) on the other. It’s super handy, especially in the tight confines of a four or five-station Toolhead.
The Bench Wrench is also available with a five-pack of one-inch Dillon Die Lock Rings, which allows you to use Dillon’s Bench Wrench on your “other brand” Dies. Note: You do not need the extra Lock Rings if you buy Dillon’s Dies.
Toolholder w/ 1″ Bench Wrench and 5 ball-end Hex Keys
The newly introduced Toolholder includes a 1″ Bench Wrench a 5 ball-end Hex Keys, and the Toolholder mounts on the back of the machine.
Maintenance/Spare Parts Kit
Will save you the “down time” waiting for Dillon to send (warranty) a broken small, spring, clip, or plastic part. You might think, “Why should I buy a Spare Parts Kit?” “Does that mean parts will start breaking right away?” Absolutely not. I think of the Spare Parts Kit like a Bullet Puller: buy it and forget about it. Then at some point if you need it down the road you’ll be real happy you have it. The Maintenance/Spare Parts Kit is the Spare Parts Kit plus lube. Get the version with lube. The machine will love you for it.
An accurate powder scale is a necessity – to both setup and check the powder throw coming off the Dillion. Even once running, I would still stop to check regularly to make sure nothing has changed on you expectedly.
We have the awesome GemPRO 250 – for the price, it’s hard to beat. Make sure you read up on our setup suggestions to get the most out of it. A little knowledge goes a long, long way.
You will also need to measure and set the overlength of a loaded cartridge as well as checking the taper crimp. While I am sure the purists will cringe, our Mitutoyo Digital Verniers are quick, accurate and the last pair of verniers you will ever need to purchase.
Running each and every cartridge you make through a gauge gives you a final check on sizing, and means another visual check to ensure nothing is untoward with your completed loads. We have single units, or, for bulk loaders, Shockbottle Trays that will take up to 100 at a time and quickly dump them into your cartridge cases.
A dust cover
We actually include these will the units, that’s how important we feel it is to keep the units dust and contaminate free.
Yes, and no.
Carbide Dies are often sold on the basis that you don’t need to lube your brass when using them. I would still lube the cases though. Just try with and without and you will realise, even if you don’t, it makes things a lot smoother. Pistol, straight wall, you might even get away with no lube at all. Rifle – you will still need to lube.
You will, however, be able to use much less lube, which is less left on the brass – and, depending on your process, might mean you don’t need a second run in the polisher after prepping brass for .223 (for example).
Also, we sell, and recommend the Redding Titanium Carbide Dies. Again, better materials used, to a better tolerance.
They cost more. But not much more when taken in the context of the system you are purchasing.
Also, the carbide will last forever.
Truly the state of the art, the XL650 features automatic indexing and is capable of producing up to 800 rounds per hour, or more if you are using both the case and bullet feeders. With quick change calibre conversion kits you can swap the machine from one calibre to the next in less than 10 minutes.
Most shooters realise that reloading is the most economical way to enjoy their sport, but many shooters are unaware of just how simple it is to reload. In fact, Dillon’s XL650 is one of the easier progressive loaders in the world to learn to operate. How can we make that statement? Simple. Since all of the reloading steps are performed with one stroke of the handle, there is less to remember or forget, than with an old-fashioned single-station press. Skeptical? Just watch this short video to see how easy it really is.
Of all the steps in reloading, the adjustment of the reloading dies is the most critical. With the Dillon XL650s removable toolhead, your dies will stay in perfect adjustment. There’s no need to screw them in and out – even when changing calibres! The XL650 toolhead is held in place by two steel pins. There’s less to go wrong, less to remember.
It’s Your Choice
You can struggle along with a slow, cumbersome single-station press with all its adjustments, changes and secrets, or make your life easier with a progressive Dillon XL650 Reloading machine. If you’re thinking about a competitor’s reloader, before you put your money down, consider this: Dillon will let you try the XL650 for 30 days. If it doesn’t live up to our claims, or your expectations, return it. We’ll refund your money. Our warranty is simple. If it breaks, we’ll fix it FREE for as long as you own it.
The basic 650 includes the following:
- 1 powder measure with standard large and small powder bars (small bar installed). The small bar throws from 2.1 to 15 grains of powder. The large bar throws from 15 to 55 grains of extruded powder or up to 60 grains of ball/spherical type powder.
- 1 primer system with large and small priming parts (appropriate size installed).
- 1 large and one small primer pick-up tube.
- Low Primer Alarm
- 1 loaded cartridge bin
- 1 toolhead
- 1 powder die
- 1 calibre conversion kit – installed
- 1 set of standard Allen wrenches