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Old July 5, 2001, 11:08 PM   #1
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What brand dies fit Dillon 550?

I'm VERY new to reloading. So new, I don't even have a press yet. I'm curious if there's a standard when it comes to dies. Will just about any brand fit a Dillon 550? I ask because one of the calibers I plan on loading, 338LM, isn't listed. I think I can get the dies straight from Lapua, which leads me to believe that there is a standardization when it comes to them. Am I correct? Please help!
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Old July 6, 2001, 12:18 AM   #2
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brouhaha, reloading is not near as complicated as it seems to be when your getting started. When I was starting out, all the information out there got confusing. To answer your question. Yes, dies are standardized but the Dillon 550 requires the purchase of a caliber conversion kit for each caliber you wish to reload. You can get this kit from Dillon. They make kits for lots of calibers, if they dont list one specifically for the 338 Lapua, one for another cal. might work. Just call'um.

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Old July 6, 2001, 12:48 AM   #3
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brouhaha, reloading is not near as complicated as it seems to be when your getting started. When I was starting out, all the information out there got comfusing. To answer your question. Yes, dies are standardized but the Dillon 550 requires the purchase of a caliber conversion kit. You can get this kit from Dillon. They make kits for lots of calibers, if they dont list one specifically for the 338 Lapua, one for another cal. might work. Just call'um.

Hope this helps, m16
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Old July 6, 2001, 03:45 PM   #4
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I would avoid use of Lee dies in a Dillon 550B. Yes, they work but just barely. The problem is the die is just barely long enough so that when adjusted to the proper position the lock ring just barely grabs the die threads. I use a Lee Factory Crimp die for pistol ammo, and put up with the above problem because of the other benefits of the die) but prefer to use Hornady Titanium-nitride dies for all other steps. Dillon dies are nice, but the main issue I have with them is the expense and the fact that if you want to use several different bullets in the same caliber, the seating die is a pain to adjust. The Hornady has the option (about $13) of installing a micrometer adjustable seating stem in the seating die which makes it trivial to change adjustments and restore the settings to the original value.
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Old July 6, 2001, 04:45 PM   #5
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proximo: Try installing your Lee dies in your Dillon toolhead with the locking ring on the bottom, rather than top, of the toolhead. Zillions of happy Dillon owners use Lee dies in that configuration.
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Old July 7, 2001, 02:34 AM   #6
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The common standard for dies is 7X14 threads. The RL550B will accept all 7X14 dies. The Dillon dies are easier to use because of the large radius on the business end of the dies.
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Old July 7, 2001, 10:00 AM   #7
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Uhm .... actually the dies' thread designation is 7/8 X 14

7/8 is diameter of thread form in inches & 14 = # of threads per (linear) inch.
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Old July 8, 2001, 01:24 AM   #8
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My bad, I shouldn't be posting without sleep. Missed it by that much!

The common standard for dies is 7/8X14 threads.

Thanks for picking up the slack.
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Old July 12, 2001, 04:55 PM   #9
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STANDARDIZED DIE SIZE

ACTUALLY IT IS 7/8-14,[ NOT 7/8X14]
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Old July 12, 2001, 11:28 PM   #10
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We shall leave no nit unpicked

Yeah, lock ring on bottom side works great.

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Old July 13, 2001, 12:24 PM   #11
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all standard ones just get the Lee carbide sets and a factory crimp die for semi autos.
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