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Old February 9, 2001, 10:17 AM   #1
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I bought the RCBS Rockchucker kit last July to get started in reloading. I reload primarily 45ACP. For an upgrade in presses, should I get the RCBS Piggyback or the Dillon 550B?
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Old February 9, 2001, 10:43 AM   #2
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Is this a trick question?

Seriously, you'll find that having two presses is useful. I'd buy the Dillon because you'll be much happier with it as a progressive. You can set it up for the major caliber you reload for and use the Rockchucker for the occasional 10 or 20 rounds of hunting ammo, etc. I own both and wouldn't have it any other way. In fact, I'm debating whether I should add a second 550B to my menagerie.
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Old February 9, 2001, 12:18 PM   #3
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"Is this a trick question? "

No, I am new to reloading and haven't even seen any kind of Dillon press.

Thanks, Lou
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Old February 9, 2001, 01:49 PM   #4
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Having owned both I'd say Dillon BUT today I got the new RCBS 2001 catalogue. There is a new version of the Piggyback in there that looks interesting. Might want to see that before making a decision.
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Old February 9, 2001, 07:33 PM   #5
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I've got the piggyback. I stumbled across it for filthy cheap at a gunshow. I wouldn't buy one new...I'd get a dillon. P-back is good for speeding up a couple of tedious steps... I'm better off sizing and crimping in separate steps due to the shell plate retention design (you'd understand if you saw it). JMO

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Old February 9, 2001, 08:25 PM   #6
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Just sitting down to order the new Piggyback III. It uses the APS priming system which is GREAT. I must admit that the earlier Piggyback were, well, unfortunate but this one looks interesting. It is based on the Progressive 2000 so I can use my spare tool heads in it. That will be nice!
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Old February 9, 2001, 08:26 PM   #7
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High_caliber, sorry, no offense meant. The Dillon is a superb press and you'll never regret the day you put your money down for one. The Piggyback, on the other hand, is tolerated by some, maybe loved by a few, but is not considered a first choice by most.
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