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Dillon BL 550 Basic Reloading Press

Dillon BL 550 Basic Reloading Press
Item #:DP15399
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Product Information

The Dillon BL550 is the basic version of the RL550C reloading machine. Instead of having the automatic powder measure and priming systems included with the RL550C model, the BL550 offers a funnel system so weighed powder charges may be poured into the case without removing it from the shellplate. Primers are set into the primer seating arm by hand. The BL550 will accommodate the widest variety of cartridges, from .32 ACP up through .338 Lapua, .416 Rigby and .460 Weatherby.

The BL550 uses the RL550C caliber conversion kits, sold Separately.


No Adjustments:  Of all the steps in reloading, the adjustment of the reloading dies is the most critical. With the Dillon BL550’s removable toolhead, your dies will stay in perfect adjustment. There’s no need to screw them in and out even when changing calibers! The BL550 functions perfectly with any standard 7/8” x 14 die set. There’s less to go wrong, less to remember. See the Technical Notes for items that will need to be purchased separately to take advantage of this feature.

Rifle and Pistol:  The Dillon BL550 will produce match-quality ammo for over 160 different rifle and pistol calibers.

The Base Model BL550 includes:

  • The Base Machine
  • Written Instruction Manual
Reloading With the BL550  is Easy as 1-2-3-4!
Most shooters realize that reloading is the most economical way to enjoy their sport, but many shooters are unaware of just how simple it is to reload. In fact, Dillon’s BL550 is one of the simplest reloading machines to learn to operate. The BL550 enables you to complete all of the steps in the reloading process, one step at a time, without having to change, and then re-adjust, dies for each operation like you must with an old-fashioned single-station press. Skeptical? Here is  the reloading process : 
  1. Place an empty cartridge case into the  BL550’s shellplate at Station One. Lower the operating handle. The BL550 will deprime and resize the case. While the platform is in the “up” position, set a primer into the primer-seating arm. Raise the operating handle, and push it forward to seat the primer into the case.
  2. Advance the index sprocket with your thumb and lower the operating handle. At Station Two, pour your powder charge into the case. Raise the operating handle and advance the index sprocket with your thumb.
  3. At Station Three, place a bullet on the powder-charged cartridge case and lower the operating handle. This will seat the bullet into the case. (NOTE: with some manufacturers die sets, it may crimp the bullet in place as well.) Raise the operating handle and advance the index sprocket with your thumb.
  4. At Station Four you may use a separate crimp die (most Dillon die sets incorporate a separate crimp die to facilitate easier die adjustment) or simply advance the shellplate with your thumb and remove the loaded cartridge from the shellplate at Station One.
Repeat steps “1” through “4.”

Technical Notes

You will need at a minimum: 

  • Caliber Conversion Kit (not included with base unit)
  • Dies  (not included with the base unit)
  • Powder scale
  • Reloading Handbook
  • Caliper
  • Primer Flip Tray
  • Case Lube (for bottleneck cartridges)
Dillon also suggests :
  • Dillon Dies which are designed for high speed use
  • A machine cover to keep the unit dust free
To change calibers, you will need:
  • Dies for each additional caliber
  • A caliber conversion kit
If you want to leave your dies preset, you'll need:

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