Let me start with the problem:
That is about 40K rounds of 7.62 NATO once fired that needs to be decapped, sized, swaged and trimmed.
I have been running on single stage presses for the first 2K rounds and have determined that I will NOT live long enough to process this brass in a one-pull, one operation fashion. On press swaging is a big consideration which pretty much leaves us with Dillon.Super 1050
The Super 1050 equipped with a rapid trim and carbide dies will run me about $2,350 with shipping. This would allow me to process about 1K rounds an hour. It is clearly the choice for this job.
But, when I am done it is probably overkill for my ongoing reloading needs. I can't seem myself buying dedicated tool-heads for each caliber I load, eight and counting. That would leave me fiddling with powder bars and dies at each caliber change going forward and in many cases probably just giving up and leaving it set up only for my highest volume cartridges. Or having it suck down another $1500 on tool heads.
I could sell it when finished with the current task. I am heartened that I can't find any used in good condition as it appears there is a strong market for them used. But it also means I am having a hard time gauging what I could sell one for with 40K miles on the odometer.XL650
The XL650 base model lacks several features with which the 1050 ships. Most egregiously an on press primer pocket swaging system. More on that in a bit.
If I add the Dillon accessories to bring it up to par, less a factory swaging system, I am at $1530 delivered. There is a product call the SwageIt (swageit.com) that is a bolt on solution to primer pocket swaging for the 650, though apparently it's use constitutes BS and invalidates the no BS warranty. The SwageIt adds another $129 to the price for a grand total of $1660.
Based on my reading, changing dies on the 650 is even more challenging than the same process on the 1050, but 650 tool heads are a downright affordable $108 including a powderfeed. Drop that to about $30 without a powder feed. So, when I give up die changing and get a tool head for each, only out another $700.
The two major drawbacks for me to the 650 are that if I break it running 40K swages on a system not designed for a swage, I get to buy a new $600 press. At that point I would be in cost parity with the 1050. Second, since the swage occurs on the down stroke, I will undoubtedly have the occasional brass that sneaks through without a proper swage. If I were keeping the brass that would not bother me. But I plan to sell the brass, and it will bug me to know there is a defect rate that could have been corrected.Advice needed
So, advise me. Is there some panacea that I am overlooking that makes one of these options a clearly better choice in my application than the other? Anyone have experience with die changes on a 1050 without a quick change tool head? Other thoughts or obvious statements of my idiocy?
--Edit: I should add that I am leaning towards the 1050, despite the cost diff. Seems like I could recoup much of that if I decided later it was overkill.