View Full Version : Progressive loader options for the 5.7

10-05-2005, 08:12 PM
Please excuse me if this has been discussed. I am new to this Forum.

I want to purchase a progressive reloader for my 5.7 and the rest of my firearms, but the 5.7 seems to be the hold up. I canít find any one company who has everything to reload the 5.7. I have heard nothing but good things about the Dillon 550 and I know I can use the RCBS dies in it, but I talked to Dillon today and they donít make a shell plate for it, nor did they talk like one was in the works. RCBS has most of the stuff for the Pro 2000, but no case trimmer or trim die. Is there a work around on the Dillon, or a mix of stuff that will get me going.
Also I saw a thread from 7of 7 on a load of
Hornady V-mav 35 gr
6.9 gr AA7
CCI 400 Small rifle primer
COL 1.46
Case trim 1.127
Anyone know if there has been a improvement of any alternate load solutions?

10-06-2005, 02:01 AM
I have been loading 5.7 on the RCBS Pro 2000 for 2 months. The trimmer you need is a RCBS Trim Pro Power Case Trimmer Kit 110 Volt with a RCBS Trim Pro Case Trimmer Shellholder #12 (it is made for the 22 hornet but works just fine with the 5.7) I have trimmed over 400 cases with it. You also need the RCBS Trim Pro 3-Way Cutter 22 Caliber. RCBS just came out with the shell holder for the RCBS Pro 2000 in 5.7 but you have to order it directly from RCBS. As for load data; check my newest post. Hope this helps!

10-06-2005, 10:07 AM
Thanks Pelouze!
I have a Dillion 550 still in the box, once I found out that I would probably never be able to reload my 5.7, I will take it back and get the Pro 2000. I just dont know anyone who owns a Pro 2000, but several people I know have the Dillion.

How many rds a hr can you get from the Pro 2000?

10-06-2005, 02:11 PM
About 500

10-06-2005, 02:30 PM
Take a look at this article; http://www.cs.odu.edu/~rtompkin/hornady/blue.php

10-06-2005, 05:32 PM
WOW, thanks Nosferatu.
Thats a strong artical. I looks like from the feed back I am getting I will go with the RCBS. I tried to talk to Hornady customer service about 5.7 dies and they were not helpfull, or overly friendly.
I did talk with lady at RCBS who bent over backwards to help answer my questions and even transfered me over the there contact at Speer in the development to answer some specifc question about the round. I dont knowif they will replace a loader that has been in a house fire like Dillon has, but I feel very comfortable that they take care of thier customers.

I will wait a few days and see what other feed back I get before I make the buy. I just can't see spending the $$$ on Dillon, when they are very upfront about having no plans for a 5.7 shell plate. The retailers that sell Dillon all say they will have one out soon, but none of them will commit to refunfing my money, if they dont have plate in 3 months.

10-06-2005, 06:08 PM
That article was a real eye-opener to me as I was planning on getting a 550 as well. It's definatly made me look at the other options out there as on all the forums I visit, I kept hearing "550". I came to realise that these suggestions came primarily from people that really don't have any experience with other presses and simply regurgitate what they read.

10-12-2005, 06:12 AM
Thanks for all the suggestions, both posted and private. I purchased the RCBS Pro 2000 today based on the information I received from Dillon. I must hand it to them, they didnít try to mislead me. They were open about not having plans to make a shell plate for the 5.7. I could not see a reason to spend the money on progressive setup, that would not reload all my firearms. As well, the great article that Nosferatu posted on the options outside of a Dillon. I have no doubt Dillon makes a great product, but RCBS make a great product as well.

Now of to figure out which dies I should use. I used to reload 15 years ago on a old Rock chucker I owned with another guy, but I have long since forgot this stuff and have to re learn.

Anyone know the difference in the regular vs the small base dies? I know that with carbide die, there is not need to lube the die, but I have heard it is a good idea to do it anyway. If thatís the case, any reason to buy carbide?