December 6th, 2018

Choosing and Using a Progressive Press — 6.5 Guys Video

6.5 Guys Progressive Press video Gavin Gear Ultimate Reloader

Progressive reloading presses offer shooters speed and efficiency in producing custom-tailored rifle and pistol ammunition. However, there is a wide choice of Progressive Presses and a bewildering array of options to consider. In this video, the 6.5 Guys and’s Gavin Gear provide an overview of the leading Progressive Presses on the market along with key considerations for precision rifle shooters. If you are considering getting a Progessive for rifle ammo reloading, you should watch this informative, 25-minute video.

10 Tips for Reloading Precision Rifle Ammo on a Progressive Press:

1. Make sure the brass is very clean. Don’t mix old range pick-up brass with newer brass.

2. Apply a thin, spray lube to all cases before the sizing/loading cycle.

3. Consider priming your brass separately (with a hand or bench tool) before the operation. Then inspect the primers before loading powder and bullets.

4. Always wear eye protection when loading with the Progressive, particularly if you are priming cases.

5. With tape, mark the powder measure/dropper with the powder type and charge weight.

6. Cycle a few cases, sizing and adding powder but NOT seating bullets. Weigh the powder charges to ensure the powder measure is dispensing the correct charge. Sometimes this will change a couple tenths as it “settles down” after the first few charges.

7. Check the brass for shoulder bump and bullet seating depth carefully for the first few rounds, then check again periodically.

8. Try to maintain a steady pace and operate the handle the same way every time.

9. Visually inspect the powder charge in each case (before bullet seating), and use a lock-out die if your Progressive Press has enough stations.

10. Never, ever mix pistol and rifle powders! If you have previously loaded pistol ammo with your Progressive, make sure ALL the powder (every flake and kernel) is removed from all components of the powder-dropping system before you add rifle powder.

Loading Pistol Ammo on a Dillon

The .45 ACP is probably our favorite centerfire pistol cartridge. In this video, Gavin Gear shows how to load this popular round on a Dillon 550B Progressive Press:

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December 16th, 2010

Dillon Precision Hires Photo Ace Yamil Sued

Dillon Blue PressOur buddy Yamil Sued from Phoenix has accepted a freelance photographer position with Dillon Precision. Among the many projects Sued will handle are the Dillon Blue Press covers and calendars. That’s right, Yamil now gets to work with the beautiful Dillon cover models, instead of old, sweaty guys running around at shooting matches. Yamil joked: “It’s a tough job, but someone has to do it.”

Yamil told us: “The Dillon Blue Press is one of the most well-known publications in the firearms industry and the Dillon calendars are prized possessions within military and law enforcement circles. I am honored that Dillon chose me to handle their growing photography needs and I look forward to bringing my photographic vision to the Dillon Precision brand”.

Dillon Blue PressYamil Sued has over 25 years of experience as a professional photographer. A graduate of the prestigious Brooks Institute of Photography, Sued has handled product and action photography for leading firearms industry entities including Brownells, Cor-Bon, FNH USA, Midway USA, Sig Sauer, Smith & Wesson, and the U.S. Practical Shooting Association. His work has also appeared in numerous publications including American Handgunner, Shooting Illustrated and Shooting Sports USA.

Though he will be doing regular work for Dillon, Yamil remains available for parts-makers, gunsmiths, catalogers, and shooting organizations who need high-quality studio and outdoor photography. For more information on Yamil Sued, or to review his portfolio, visit or call (623) 374-4896. The slideshow below features studio photography by Yamil Sued.

Action Photography by Yamil Sued (2010 USPSA Multi-Gun Nationals)
Maggies Reese USPSA Nationals

Blue Press Cover photo taken in 2007 before hiring of Yamil Sued.
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