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    Marksman

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    Which powder to use with Dillon 550 for pistol caliber reloads?

    I am new to reloading and interested in starting 9mm reloads with a Dillon RL 550C. However, I don't know what primers and powder to buy. The salesman in the gun shop wants to sell me a reloading book. Is this the standard way to learn how to do this, or is there a reliable online resource for finding those specifications?

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    Master d.kaufman's Avatar

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    Get yourself at least 1 reloading manual and read it before starting the loading process. Lymans 50th edition is a pretty good manual for that purpose.

    There are lots of different powders available for reloading pistols. I prefer titegroup for 9mm, .380, and .45. I prefer CCI primers as well.

    You would need small pistol primers for 9mm and once again there are several options for primers.

    But once again, read and educate yourself on the process before actually reloading. One mistake could, at the least, damage your firearm, or worse case, injure you or others around you

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    Grandmaster red_zr24x4's Avatar

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    If you're going to spend money on reloading , a book is part of the package. By one, or 3. More won't hurt.
    "Courage is Being Scared to Death, but Saddling up Anyway" - John Wayne

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    Marksman

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    Get SEVERAL books on reloading. Then you wont be qualified to WRITE one on Bomb Making 101.
    You will see recipes for many powders. If you want to reload for, say .45ACP later, look for a powder that does both.
    Any primer will work for 9mm. I'm partial to Winchester and Federal myself.
    Dillon has a Forum about the 550. I suggest you read back through that also.

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    Marksman

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    Books seem so old fashioned today considering so much you can find online, but I guess that's where all the secrets are at. It sounds like without a book or several, there is explosive potential for a mistake. It makes taking on this hobby a little scary...

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    Grandmaster red_zr24x4's Avatar

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    Scary at first yes.
    Check out the ABC's of reloading, it will answer your questions.
    The books give you a little more information than just powder and load data.
    "Courage is Being Scared to Death, but Saddling up Anyway" - John Wayne

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    Plinker

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    Learning to reload maybe best on a single stage press. If learning on a progressive, i would suggest running it for a while one case at a time until it is finished, so you can observe every step on that case as it goes thru.

    The 550 is a manual indexer, so watch the powder drop station, for possible no powder or a double charge, before placing bullet on case. An after market LED light that fits the center toolhead hole very useful.

    Using a slower burning powder to increase the bulk per case will be more obvious to an accidental double fill than the quicker powders that have small charge weights. A powder with a bulkier fill will also let you see the powder level easier in the case to spot a non-filled case before placing the bullet.

    Quicker burning powders usually load with a smaller charge and make an accidental double charge less noticeable.

    As others have stated, reloading manual(s) almost a must.

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    Grandmaster gregkl's Avatar

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    Quote Originally Posted by red_zr24x4 View Post
    Scary at first yes.
    Check out the ABC's of reloading, it will answer your questions.
    The books give you a little more information than just powder and load data.
    +1 on this book. It's a good primer for getting into reloading. Powder decision is not based on what kind of press you are using. It is based on the round.

    I do agree with starting on a single stage ( I still load on one), but others have started with a progressive and have done fine. It's too late for you unless you want to buy a single stage to start out.

    Develop a "system" where you have redundant checks (if you can do this with a progressive), get all distractions out of your area and take your time. A progressive will load more rounds per hour than my single stage, but that doesn't mean you have to pull the lever as fast as you can.
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    Grandmaster VERT's Avatar

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    I never bought a single stage and learned on a progressive. I have a 550c currently and if I had room for only 1 press that would be the one I would recommend.

    Lyman makes a book little book that covers 9mm, .40, .45 ACP that costs about $7. Buy it. Hodgdon has a nice online reloading resource. On a budget buy one of their powders and cross reference with the Lyman guide.

    9mm I use HP-38/Win231 powder. I shoot with a lot of guys who use TiteGroup. But Win231/HP-38 has been around for years, lot of reloading data and fills the case and works well with most any Bullet. It is dirty though. I am sure better options exist with modern chemistry.
    "Hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match for a good blaster at your side kid." - Han Solo

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    Grandmaster 1775usmarine's Avatar

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    Don't take someones load you see online and use it. It may hurt you or others. Start with the book and then develop the type of load you want.

    “Son, when the Marine Corps wants you to have a wife, you will be issued one.” -Chesty Puller


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