Reloading .223 Rem On The Dillon XL 650




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Logical Guy: Good video, thanks. Small tip for you if you want more precision for better grouping. Keep the powder level higher, as the powder gets very low there is less weight pushing the powder down into the feed chamber, so the lower the powder hopper gets the less it feeds. Do a test by keeping a discharge of powder from the start then when the powder hopper is very low, take another. Measure the 2 and you will see the last one is less. Not a big deal when loading for fun but if you are a stickler for groups this will cause a difference due to a lower pressure causing bullet drop.

Ten Millimeter: I really like to drink beer while reloading.

Scott Pilon: This looks like so much fun! To relaod your own bullets must feel pretty nice! I am a aspiring reloader!

staygger indn: I didn't think u were talking to much and looking into buying a 550 or 650 sometime

italianrelic: What's the towel for on your bullet tray

Fish Whisperer: I just got the same press and i love it! I am loading .45 acp but i will be doing other calibers in the near future. Dillon XL650 review =10. Hands down i am very happy with it.Great video and thanks.

LearnItDoIt TV: I am really waffling back and forth over the RL550 and XL650. Like the automation in the XL650 vs. the kinda single stage turrent of the RL550 but concerned about relaying too much on the automation of the XL650 causing a mistake. Your thoughts please. And cost difference for changing out calibers?

stubenwurm: did you tried ball powder in the last month? i wish to know how much "powder spilling" happens with ball powders and how to avoid it. did you use a bearing to avoid it? here in germany some guys offer needle bearings to lower the spilleffect....

O7ROADKING: Great video thanks for posting.very informative 

TheRaulr151: I need to upgrade from my single stage Lee press big time!! 

Mike Hasel: I recommend case gauging right after cleaning... when you inspect it. If you wait until it is loaded, it's too late to trim it. I have a 550B, but if I load heavy bullets 77-80gr in the .223 Rem for High Power Competition, I had problems seating...(point of the bullet would tip inside the die and get shoved deep and crooked.) I ended up using a window seater die on my Forester press and slowing down. Had nice luck with Varget and CCI-BR4 primers.

Talmadge Fisher: I have a question on dillon presses related to which would best serve my purpose. I want to definitely crank out a lot of ammo so the 1050 has some charm being as industrial as it is but I want to only reload pistol cartridges on a progressive press. I keep hearing from all owners of the Dillon 1050 that it's a pain to change calibers completely. Would the 650 be up to cranking out a lot of loads from many different calibers or would a different dillon press be better than the progessive ones (I am willing to use one of the multiple station "single" stage presses by Dillon if it means that changing calibers is that difficult. Just needing some advice in this situation and particuarly maybe any other advice that could make my decision easier to make. Thank you for the help!

Ron Rohde: Papa Bravo. I have the same setup. My issue is having to decrimp and trim the cases, therefore I am basically doing the same process in two phases. After I resize and decap, I have to pull the case to decrimp, trim and chamfer. Then I start all over with the desizing die removed. Any suggestions? Thanks

KrausTactical: Thank you so much for posting this video.

matthew neville: I love my 650 but have only reloaded .45acp. You briefly mentioned trimming and I've heard you have to de-burr rifle cases. Any feedback?

MrDefyreality13: how accurate are the powder drops?

Michael Sandoval: What about case trimming, chamfer/deburring, primer pocket uniforming?

Jaenus80: Just got into reloading with the 650 for .223. Ran me about $1800 for everything, but I just cranked out my first live round not too long ago. It takes some time to tweak and adjust, and there will be issues you have to overcome (like powder spillage, or like the brass in station one falling over), but you work with it and eventually get it down smooth. 

Grunkle56: Great video. I developed questions or comments while watching, however, others covered most of my concerns. I've had problems with IMR 4064 (stick powder) while loading 7.62 x 51 (308) ammo. I'm about to try it with .223 and I anticipate similar difficulties. I'm using 4064 only because of the current powder shortage and can't get Win 748 which works beautifully with 223 or 308. Which stick powder did you use here and what are your thoughts on it's use with the Dillon 550 or 650 ??

joe blow: Another good video. The music is not the best but the content is great. Love your dillon vids!!!!

dieringer82: Hey papabravo ive been looking at getting a machine like this in the near future and I was just curious how accurate is each charge and how much variance is there on that powder check system in your opinion?

1970stickerbush: Love the Vid, but how prone are the fingers to getting bit when your plaing the bullet. Unfortunatly I think I am a little late wanting to get into the game of reloading with all the crap thats going on right now.

John Lieu: PapaBravo, I notice in your video that you went from old brass, to tumbler, to press. The press then de-primes, sizes, but what about case length? Do you trim your cases?

216PapaBravo: For me, on this 650 I have found it to be very accurate for powder throws. Of course every machine may be different but Dillon is a fantastic manufacture of these machines. I always check the powder throw every 100 rounds (when I reload the primer tube, case feeder and powder) to assure accurate loads. I have not found more than .01% of change in the loads...good enough for my plinking rounds. Thanks for the comment!

mas360: Thanks for the video. It is very educational. For mass production as the way you do it, what tool do you use to trim cases with? How often do you trim? In my AR15 I have to trim every three firings. Is the sizer die you use in this video a small base type in order to produce ammo functioning flawlessly in semi-auto rifle?

OIFEagle: I am sold, this is the reloading setup that I'm planning to purchase. One question, I have LEE dies for 9mm, will they work with the Dillon XL 650?

KRN762: I have that exact same set up. Blue koolaid tastes good!

216PapaBravo: Thanks for the comment. I will have another vid on the changover from small pistol to large rifle coming up soon.

The Gunsmith: Great video. My only criticism is not checking your powder weight. My one complaint about the Dillon 650 is that it charges the powder volumetrically, and as the powder in the dispenser is consumed the amount of powder it dispenses changes. A good rule is to refill the powder each time you refill the primer tube. If you do this, you will get more consistent powder charges.

216PapaBravo: Thanks for the comment! I am worried about components now. Can't find primers or powder now, so I am conserving what I have. Good luck out there!

Ken Huynh: Ahhh I didn't think about the range workers watching. If that's the case then I have only one option for range where no one is watching. I'll be ordering my equipment very soon here. Thanks for the answer and an awesome video!

KTM333: How accurate is the powder throw? I'm reloading on a RCBS single stage but have been thinking about getting the 650.

Chris Elliott: Great vid. I actually feel as if I understand now how it all works together now. Thanks

216PapaBravo: Yes I have seen great results from the stainless tumble setup. Remember you have to let the casings dry thoroughly before attempting to reload. It is a 'wet' process over the dry walnut or corn cob media.

216PapaBravo: Thanks...the koolaid is razelberry I think??11??

Jim Myer: The sound of the press operating reminds my of Pink Floyd ~ Money.

ATOMER187: About how much did you waste on that whole set up?

Keragon: Great video man... I'm looking at getting into reloading and I'd really like to get this machine. I know they advertise the 550 as a beginners one but I can see having to seat a cartridge as well as a bullet each time waring on my nerves... I'm in this for the long run too but, do you think its an okay idea to start on this press? Again, thanks for taking the time to make this video!

216PapaBravo: Be sure to call Dillon (if that is your choice) and talk to the rep about what you want to reload, so you get the right stuff. Thanks again for the comments and look forward to more questions when you get started!

216PapaBravo: Thanks for the comment. On these 'basic' loads I don't have to worry about the primer pocket. However when I trim the cases I always decap, clean, trim and clean again. This gives excellent results and the cases are good for two or more reloadings before trimming again. This works for me, as most of these are for recreational shooting not bench type shooting.

216PapaBravo: Yes I do, but I didn't wantto make this video to long (and to some boring) by adding this process. I will put one together soon. Thanks for the comment!

216PapaBravo: Thanks for commenting!

216PapaBravo: Andrew, thanks for all of your comments. Let me try to answer...remember that you have costs of supplies to offset some of the purchase costs. I have one place (locally) that I buy my supplies, you may have a shop in your area that can get the bullets like the Hornaday Zombie type. If you load a lot of a few calibers there are even more savings.Finally, watch every vid you can find on the Dillon press BEFORE you buy, it really helped me.SoCalPrepper and OXBSOLWIND are great sources for info.

Efstathius Placidas: Is there any place to actually buy primers and powder these days?

CucumberLips: Didn't think I'd watch the whole video. Not only did I finish it but I really enjoyed it.

216PapaBravo: Yes you MUST resize them before trimming to get proper length. Remember that I trim to SHORTER than maximum, so I can reload them more than once without trimming, again checking for length after each firing, separating good to go from over length or cracked neck etc. If you only have the Dillon press you would run through to resize/deprime only, then trim, then load. Hope this helps...thanks for the comment!

216PapaBravo: I've done both. I always try to police my brass at the range (this also gets me some oddball brass - sometimes!). But i've bought brass online from the Brassman out of Las Vegas. Where we live there is an indoor range (I use this only when raining) and two outdoor ranges that are not regulated (open to use with no range master) so I occasionally go to these ranges just to police brass left by others. I will then sort and clean the brass that I need to reload.

216PapaBravo: Thanks for the comment and question. The Dillon Powder measure is designed to work with the specified machine. I don't know if any other power measure will work,\ I highly doubt it, besides one comes with the machine when you buy it. As far as the die sets go...any standard die set will work (Lee, RCBS, Redding, Hornaday) but setting the seat and crimp die is a little tricky. The Dillon set has 3 dies for rifle and pistol. Resize/deprime - Bullet seater and final crimp, Good luck!

BamaLegend: Yes sir. I've been trying to find some dust covers for mine and the Dillon ones are sated for the 550. But still should work. But I may try and make some like this or similar. They look really good. She did a great job on them. Lol ask her if she needs a small side job making me a few. Lol

nolan769: Hey did you trim the brass before hand? Or did the brass require no trimming? Nice video and thanks for the info.

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