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Old October 12, 2012, 07:08 AM   #1
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Using a Hornady and RCBS powder measure on a Dillon 550B?

After a few months of total furstration with a Hornady L-N-L progressive press that I am unable to get running reliably, I am giving up on it and I will buy a new Dillon 550B.

Can I use the Hornady powder measure on a Dillon 550B? Apparently, Dillons come with a powder measure but many users have separate powder measures for each caliber they load.

I also have a RCBS powder measure. Can I use this on a Dillon 550B too?

The factory powder measure that comes with the Dillon 550B has a built-in case bell expander and the Hornady and RCBS powder measures do not. The Dillon is a 4 stage press, so if I use the Hornady and RCBS powder measures without any case bell expanders, I would need to have to do the bullet seating and case crimping in one station which should not present an issue; right?

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Old October 12, 2012, 08:18 AM   #2
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I also have a RCBS powder measure. Can I use this on a Dillon 550B too?
I sometimes use an RCBS measure on my 1050, so you should be able to do the same on a 550B (perhaps someone can confirm that there is sufficient space in the relevant station). You would need the RCBS Case Activated Linkage kit, which fits the Uniflow-based measures. Apparently expander options are available that work with the case activated linkage kit, like this one.

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Old October 12, 2012, 10:43 AM   #3
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Yes you can, but with varying degrees of difficulty on connecting to the auto powder dump system.

There is an adaptor that lets you use any standard powder measure with Dillon's existing die. You leave the die in place as you would with Dilon's measure, attach the adaptor to the upper part of the die & then screw the powder meter into the upper section one of several "mouth adaptors" to fit the meter to the adaptor.
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