Well after having the Dillion Precision 650XL for 26 years it has remained a remarkably reliable piece of equipment. I have had 3 parts fail in that time with the last being a part of the powder measure system.
I sent Dillion an email on Sunday of last week and Friday the new part showed up. Their lifetime no BS warranty has been great for the few times I have needed it over the years. I would step up to a Dillion 1050 or 1100 but they want 2K for a new one these days. That’s 20,000 9mm handload rounds as I am at about $100 per thousand rounds on my old 650, and I just can’t justify it unless I start shooting a whole, I mean WHOLE lot more. Which I just don’t see happening.
Well I decided to have a race between DGbullets and Bayou Bullets. I ordered 1000 bullets from both Bayou and DGbullets at 12:33pm and 12:34pm respectively. At 2:24pm DGbullets sent me my shipping confirmation and a USPS tracking number… DG is in the lead.
Update: DGbullets to deliver tomorrow (Saturday the 15th, 3 days total time), Bayou Bullets just sent me the pre shipping notice at 5:40pm on the 14th. So if you want it fast, it seems DGbullets might be the way to go…
Well I have loaded the first 1000 of my Bayou bullets and 500 of the DG bullets. They both shoot about the same and cost exactly the same. So I guess that I am just down to the little things. The coating on the Bayou bullets is a hair better, the DG bullets did not have any issues in the Mr. Bullet Dropper where the Bayou bullets had a few upside down. That may have been me and teething issues/learning. But the DG did not have any bullets upside down except for the one I dropped in the tube while putting bullets in the hopper. So I guess I am really down to which color do I like better. Sigh… The tie breaker would have been shipping but they both ship same day as the order happens and are equidistance from my house. I guess I will just alternate between the two… Bayou is up next….
Well I have probably loaded 1000 9mm and the Mr Bullet Feeder is awesome. I just dump in a few hundred bullets, refill the primers and off I go. I am experimenting with the Hi-Tek super coated cast bullets loaded in front of Tightgroup in range pickup brass. I got 1000 135 grain from https://dgbullets.com/ and 1000 135 grain from https://www.bayoubullets.net/ both in 9mm. First blush says that the Bayou bullets might be coated a bit thicker as pulling a loaded bullet (damn .380 cases snuck in) and the coating is intact from the light crimp and with the DG bullet there is a very small break in the coating. Yes I am doing the Seat and Crimp in the same die as I only have a 5 position reloader. I am not giving up the powder check station because safety , so the Seat and Crimp in station 5 is staying. I did weigh a random 5 bullets from each company and they are both weighing in at 135.22 to 135.64 grains with both companies being pretty equal in the spread between bullets. Now to go shoot some up.
The Red bullets are Bayou, and the Green are DG. The only real difference is that the Bayou bullets have a lube groove in the bullet and the DG bullets don’t have a groove. Did not really put them in calipers so if you want more details, comment on the post and I will put them in calipers for you.
Well I have had my Dillon 650 since 1994, 26 years is a long time to have a thing in today’s disposable world. I have produced 10s of thousands of rounds of mostly .45acp. I have given both .308, and .223 rifle a go on the progressive wonder and it runs fine, but pistol is what I have done the most of with .45 and .40 being the only pistol calibers I have been loading over the years. Now I have added 9mm to the mix. I also added a Mr. Bullet feeder last week. I wish I had added it years ago when it came out. Man it makes loading almost a no intervention process. Just pull the handle, occasionally add cases and primers, and fill the powder hopper when I start my session and that is that. I usually do a spot check on the powder weight every 50 rounds or so but the Dillon does pretty well for pistol powder and I only occasionally have to adjust it (usually when the powder levels get lower).
This was about an hour’s worth of work. Could have gone faster but I have some milspec 9mm brass that needs to be swaged to get rid of the primer pocket crimp and that slows down the process as the primer will not seat.