THE Progressive Press Shootout (12 presses compared)

Dillon Precision XL 750 5-Station

The XL 750 is the upgrade/replacement of the XL 650, which we’ve previously featured. One of the big differences is that the old telephone dial priming system has been replaced by a sliding bar priming system. This full-progressive press is auto-indexing, comes with a drop tube for a case feeder that is sold separately and features quick caliber changes.

Here’s the overview video for the Dillon Precision XL 750 published on Ultimate Reloader:

What’s In the Box

The XL-750 press kit comes with everything you need to load a particular caliber with the exception of dies and consumables/accessories. In the picture above we have the box contents for the XL-750 (223 caliber option shown, from left to right):

  • Case feed components: support bar, stand-off bracket (blue), drop tube, mounting hardware
  • Powder measure with both pistol and rifle slide bars + fail-safe rod (return rod)
  • Caliber changeover parts box, caliber-specific parts
  • Low primer warning system with AAA battery
  • Owner’s manual and quick start guide booklet (top)
  • Primer pick-up tubes (large + small), primer tube (size not installed in press), extra tube ends
  • Allen key set
  • Press handle
  • Primer slider (press comes with both large and small sliders, one installed in press)
  • Press assembly
  • Completed cartridge discharge chute
  • Spent primer catcher
  • Completed cartridge bin

In addition to the components supplied for loading a specific cartridge, the press comes with everything you’ll need to change from large to small primers as well as pistol + rifle powder measure configurations.

What’s In the Box (XL-650/XL-750 Case Feeder) 

The XL-650 / XL-750 case feed kit comes with everything needed to automate case feeding for your XL-650 or XL-750 press, including one case feed plate (not shown above). You can also purchase the case feeder without a case feed plate if you already have the feed plates you need.

Box contents:

  • Motorized case feeder assembly
  • 120V/240V multi-voltage power adapter and plug adapters for most international regions
  • Spacer washer (used for some specific case lengths under case feed plate)
  • Mounting screw
  • Instruction booklet

XL 750 Features and Specs

Dillon XL 750

XL 750

XL 750 Die Stations Example (Pistol)

XL 750

As shown in the picture above: 

  1. Sizing/de-priming
  2. Priming, powder charge
  3. Powder check (not shown)
  4. Bullet seating
  5. Bullet crimp

XL 750 Total Cost of Ownership

XL 750

XL 750 Summary

What it’s for:

  • Pistol and rifle reloading up to medium volume

What it’s not for:

  • Budget reloading, commercial reloading

Pros:

  • Quality
  • 5 Stations
  • Great case feed system
  • Quick caliber changes

Cons:

  • Cost
  • Bullet feeder powder measure conflict (DAA has solution)

XL 750 Stories on Ultimate Reloader

Dillon XL-750: Unboxing, Setup, Loading Pistol and Rifle Ammo

Mr. Bullet Feeder Caliber Change: 9mm to 45 ACP on Dillon XL-750

XL-750 Bullet Feed Solution (Double Alpha Extra-Short Powder Bar) 

Dillon XL-650 vs XL-750: Differences Explained 

Overview: Mark 7 Autodrive for Dillon XL-750 and XL-650 Reloading Presses

Navigation

Introduction
Hornady Lock-N-Load AP
RCBS Pro Chucker 5
RCBS Pro Chucker 7
Mark 7 APEX 10
Dillon Square Deal B
Dillon RL-550C
Dillon XL-750
Dillon RL 1100
Frankford Arsenal X-10
LEE Pro 1000
LEE Breech Lock Auto Pro (Pro 4000)
LEE Loadmaster
Total Cost of Ownership Recap
Inline Fabrication Mounts
KMS Squared UFO Press Lighting
Conclusion

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8 thoughts on “THE Progressive Press Shootout (12 presses compared)”

  1. I am sort of disappointed that their is no single press that fits my needs.
    A) I reload 30-06 – not all accommodate
    B) I reload 300 Winchester Magnum – not all accommodate
    C) I reload tons of 9mm, 45 ACP, 223/5.56, 308 – high speed progressive needed
    D) Hornady Lock-N-Load AP and RCBS Pro Chucker 7 fit for A) and B) but not C)
    E) Only Mark 7 APEX 10 fits C) but NOT A) or B)
    F) Swaging is important but is very stressful on progressive presses, thus I swage on a single stage Rock Chucker which is about 40 years old.

    1. I have an rcbs pro 2000. I use it for 7.62×54 and 303brit or 7.7×56 if not u.s.. I’m fairly certain that I could do 3006 on it although I haven’t tried. It has good beef for sizing these cases. I like it but the cost to me was just a few shell plates so I may be jaded. Also used it for 7.5×55 308 and 6.5x53r dutch

    2. John, there is no hard definition for “C” but a 1050 will do what you are asking up to 30-06 in my experience. I would ask the OEM what they say about 300 WM in terms of case and bullet feed.

  2. A couple of things I wish you would have added the warranty for each press (you mention it in general but not specific for each press) for i.e. DIllon on there lower end press lifetime warranty and the 1100 one year warranty (unless they change it). Also where they are made (you mention it on a few of them but not all of them).

  3. When I got my L-N-L AP I avoided Big Blue because their powder measure was said to be less accurate than drum types, primer safety concerns and I didn’t want to hand over my wallet and tell them to take whatever it cost. It was said, Team Red lacking floating die head had to be precision manufactured and produced precision ammo as a result. Now I have a reloader that requires some ongoing tinkering compared to Big Blue which was said to run on rails and the Red Team gets no respect.

    My L-N-L AP has sat for awhile but when I had contacted Hornady CS in the past I sometimes got someone interested in helping me solve my problem and sometimes got someone who treated like I was looking for a problem and since they were not overcharging for a BS Warranty, we’re not interested in any fixes that might cost them.

    Now I’m older and retired, shocked at component prices more than doubling with things like primers near impossible to get or the ideal powder choice unavailable, Im thinking I like precision loading on my single stage Co-Ax. Anyway who is buying these mega ammo plants when you can’t keep them fed or afford to keep them feed ?

  4. Thanks Gavin, I have been looking to get a new progressive press to replace a destroyed RL550b
    May go with the RL550c as I never had an issue with the RL550b ever
    But that XL 750 has me thinking…

  5. I run both a Dillon 550 B with case feeder and a Lee Loadmaster. No question the Dillon is a better press, but you get what you pay for.
    The Loadmaster can be fiddly. You need to be the kind of person who loves to tinker and make things work in order to be happy with the L/M in my opinion.
    I load .44 mag and .44 Special on the L/M
    All other pistol calibers-9mm, 38/357, 45 ACP and .45 Colt on the Dillon.
    I like the case feeder on the Dillon because it allows me to concentrate on the powder drop and bullet seating stations. It also can be a p.i.a. at times, especially with .45 acp cases not wanting to center on the decapping station, but like other Dillon products it is well made and backed by solid customer support.
    Now Gavin. Time for a shotshell reloading press shootout.

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