Hello to the forum: After 45+ years of reloading on my rcbs rock chucker jr. Press i have picked up a dillon progressive press. It is set up for .45 acp. It seems like a nice piece of equipment. Is there some way to determine if the sizing die is carbide? This unit came used with no owners manual. Thanks in advance for any help. My rcbs press has done yeoman duty for me. Lately i have been shooting mostly handgun, .22 and .45. The dillon press looks like it could shave some time off my reloading. Thanks, KC
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Go to Dillon's web site and you can download the manual for their presses. You can look at the inside of the sizing die and if you see a sizing ring, that will be carbide. It is easy to tell if you have ever looked at one. If the die is Dillon's it will almost certainly be carbide. By the way, if the die set is Dillon, you can just call Dillon's tech's and they are MOST helpful. Dillon has the best service in the business.
Thank you. I was hopeing the sizing die would be carbide so i would not have to lube the cases.
Dillon pistol sizing dies have carbide rings; no lube is needed. Rifle dies? Maybe carbide, maybe steel; you have to check.
If you have the SDB press then the Dillon die set up is proprietary and the sizer is carbide so no case lube is needed. If the 550B (450 or any of the 550 series), the 650 or the 1050 it depends on the dies that came with it. Most likely carbide sizer though.
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Thanks for everyones help. Upon checking the sizing die it does have the carbide ring you told me about. I guess i am good to go. Thanks again.
i will be the lone dissenter here i guess. i use carbide sizing dies, including dillion as i have owned 8 or so of their presses and still do in 45 acp, 45 colt, 38/357, 44spl/mag, 40 s&w etc. i lube every case with Hornady One Shot. if i were to guess, i'd say it makes the sizing process about 30% easier. i put them mouth down on a table, shake the can for a minute or so, spray, wait at least 30 seconds before sizing, as stated in the instructions on the can. i have in the past picked up the can, sprayed and sized and it just doesn't work very good. and sometimes i just spray them when they are in the case feeder laying every which way. try this. put a very small dab of case lube of your choice on a case then size it. see if you feel a difference. i wouldn't use Imperial lube ever ( except as an experiment as described) on a straight wall pistol case but the One Shot dries before it hits the die.
+1 on using lube anyway
I bought my first 550B in 2005 for 45ACP. I now have another 550B and a 550C and load more calibres than I care to tell my wife about.
All my Pistol calibres get lubed. I have an old ice cream container for the purpose with lid. I spray 2-3 shots of Dillon's own lanolin based lube in the bottom, add 150 shells or thereabouts, put the lid on and shake them around. They get a nice light coating each. The resulting resizing and decapping is just nice and smooth. I hate that graunchy feel of a dry shell in my expensive die even if it has a carbide ring. Further, I don't run all Dillon dies. I don't want to have to remember which are carbide and which are not. A bottle of that lube lasts forever....nearly.
John - New Zealand
If I'm using lube on case i put a little on the palm of my hand, rub them together and then rub the cases into my hands. Serves two purposes, you get a nice thin even coat on the cases and my hands are baby soft (the girls love it)
Old ice cream container? mine are used but never old, I keep replenishing them, always wondered why I took up shooting and not running.
I use the Hornady One Shot also, for all my progressive presses. Not an absolute necessity, but it sure slicks things up. I dump some cases in an old ice cream container, spray them, and shake and roll them around, before loading. The Hornady One Shot will not affect powder. It's cheap, and a can goes a long way. Try it!
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