Hornady Bullet Feeder Ordered!


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GW Staar
November 26, 2010, 04:23 PM
Well my wife pressured me....and my patience waiting for RCBS just ended. She wanted a decision on what I wanted for Christmas...It was narrowed down to 3 choices: 1. a Chronograph, 2. an RCBS 1500 scale...and of course you can't buy one of those, in good conscience, without its super duper trickler, and 3. a bullet feeder.

Since I almost exclusively load only on my RCBS Pro 2000 now (using a 40-year new RCBS 10-10 scale), the Hornady Bullet Feeder won out. Hornady's entries into bullet feeder tools are arriving at Grafs as I post. I have NEVER been an early adopter, so this is new for me. Buying from Graf's saved the wife $50 over a similar order from Midway. This week Graf's is shipping for free, and the Hornady Bullet Feeder is cheaper there anyway.

Though the Hornady product is new, its technology is the same old feed and seat in 2 stations process, but at least with all metal feed dies that don't break, and caliber changes are extremely cheap. (compared to Mr. Bullet Feeder or GSI)

The slow-moving RCBS corporate machine finally wore me down...I'm tired of waiting, and RCBS's new "idea" (new tech single-station rifle feeders using one whole separate expensive collator/feeder per caliber:what:) finished me off. They can stick their greediness.....and their low tech pistol bullet feeder dies with the breaking plastic "fingers" where the sun don't shine. Come Christmas Hornady will get a chance to brighten up my reloading bench. Some Christmas Red to compliment the RCBS Green, and Forster/Dewalt Gold.:)

By biggest hangup with 2-station feeders is losing a case-powder-check station. But I think I've figured out a compromise. I epoxied a little mirror in the upper inside corner of the press casting.
Then I bought this from MicroMark (http://www.micromark.com/THIRD-HAND-WITH-LIGHT,9379.html): http://www.micromark.com/RS/SR/Product/84453_R.jpgI permanently fastened another mirror to one of the arms, and then fasten the tool permanently to the bench. Now the light illuminates the case when it indexes to the bullet feeding station, and the mirrors reflect the inside case, so I can easily see its powder level from my normal seated reloading position in front of the bench. I don't use or need the magnifying glass.

The progressive steps with the bullet feeder and the mirror, will be to check the mirror for correct powder, insert a case in the shell plate, then stroke the handle...pretty sure I can handle that.:rolleyes:

You guys with case feeders and bullet feeders, could load with peace of mind, and only have to watch the mirror and crank!:D

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esheato
November 26, 2010, 11:12 PM
Very crafty GW....looking forward to your thoughts on the Hornady unit.

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