Improving Lee's shaker collator to feed rifle & 9mm (yup for my case feeder)


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GW Staar
September 27, 2012, 09:42 PM
This is what I made to feed my Homemade Case Feeder for my RCBS Pro2K. Before you ask, yes, I plan to make an electric collator for a winter project, Dillon style, but this works pretty darn well, and was well worth the Saturday I spent on the project. (it took longer to make the video and slide show) :rolleyes: I can load a dozen tubes of anything in 3 minutes, and that's enough to take care of me for an evening of loading. If not, whats another 3 minutes.;)

The next question is why didn't I buy the Lee? Simple. the Lee doesn't feed bottle neck rifle. Nor does it feed the tiny short 9mm's without upside-down mistakes. I made a single, simple plastic conversion part that loads .223, and .308., and a way to load 9mm mistake free.
Click on the blank screen for the video:
http://i935.photobucket.com/albums/ad195/gstrad/Case%20Feeder%20Collator/Case%20Collator%20Videos/th_Pro2KCasefeedercollator1.jpg (http://s935.photobucket.com/albums/ad195/gstrad/Case%20Feeder%20Collator/Case%20Collator%20Videos/?action=view&current=Pro2KCasefeedercollator1.mp4)
Next picture shows a tube storage rack on the left and the case feeder tube on the right. I just place 3 tubes in the rack and one on the feeder tube...and pull the pin.:) Next two pictures illustrate.
http://i935.photobucket.com/albums/ad195/gstrad/Case%20Feeder%20Collator/IMG_1289.jpg
http://i935.photobucket.com/albums/ad195/gstrad/Case%20Feeder%20Collator/IMG_1293.jpg
The next picture shows a closeup of the rack base. I screwed on an alum. bar to the back of the channel to make it drop in my AKRO bin support. Then I epoxy-puttied short pieces of tubing to the base. When I trim I just lift out the base and replace it with an "out" bin for the trimming process.
http://i935.photobucket.com/albums/ad195/gstrad/Case%20Feeder%20Collator/IMG_1294.jpg

If anyone wants to see the simple procedure to build this, I'll give you a link. Lee's is prettier for sure. Maybe they will improve it now.

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JC98
September 29, 2012, 12:01 AM
Nice work!

GW Staar
September 29, 2012, 08:03 PM
Thanks JC98!!

I'm giddy! Read by 2, appreciated by 1!
Not surprised, I almost didn't post it....slightly limited scope of interest. That's okay, guys.:)
(I'm glad I didn't waste the considerable time it would take to post the "How you can Make One (http://www.ar15.com/forums/t_6_42/379948_Improving_Richard_Lee_s_Case_Collator_.html)" picture essay...Link to it is enough, I think.)

SSN Vet
September 29, 2012, 08:19 PM
watched the vid...

nice job...

That Pro2K press sure looks like a nice setup

cfullgraf
September 29, 2012, 08:34 PM
Nice!

Walkalong
September 29, 2012, 08:53 PM
Very nice indeed.

jmorris
September 29, 2012, 10:10 PM
I like the holder and clear tube. I just used PVC with clips I made from 1/16 filler rod, in a bucket. Made an extra long feed tube for the 650 that would hold 25 rounds. Gave the setup to a fellow reloader once I went with a collator, so don't just chunk it once you upgrade.

greyling22
October 2, 2012, 12:51 AM
neat. I really like how big it is and how well it worked with 223.

you know there are a couple of easy fixes to make the lee collator feed 9mm just fine. http://forums.loadmastervideos.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=1771
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wonY_HaH0sQ
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hm3sK3qE05M&feature=related i used this method, but instead of punching out the holes in the coffee can lid with a socket I just used a 45acp case. works great.

GW Staar
October 2, 2012, 11:20 AM
I like the holder and clear tube. I just used PVC with clips I made from 1/16 filler rod, in a bucket. Made an extra long feed tube for the 650 that would hold 25 rounds. Gave the setup to a fellow reloader once I went with a collator, so don't just chunk it once you upgrade.

I'm anal about never throwing things away.......pack rat, I am. That's why I always seem to have something to McGiver something up. I saw the holder idea from one of the posts in the $28 Case Feeder thread. Thought it was a good idea, but I had to think a bit, because I'm so crowded...there was just no place to mount such a thing permanently. The AKRO slot and the Case Feeder support was a godsend....heck it was the ONLY possibility.:)

neat. I really like how big it is and how well it worked with 223.

you know there are a couple of easy fixes to make the lee collator feed 9mm just fine. http://forums.loadmastervideos.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=1771
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wonY_HaH0sQ
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hm3sK3qE05M&feature=related i used this method, but instead of punching out the holes in the coffee can lid with a socket I just used a 45acp case. works great.

yes, I saw those youtube fixes. I was actually looking for such, as well as for mods to the Lee to allow it do 223 and 308. Couldn't find any rifle mods so I decided it would be easier to just start from scratch.

Using 1/2" CPVC couplers having the built-in ridge in the middle seemed like a good idea. Simple to reduce the hole size. Unfortunately, no matter how you reduce the hole the slower the tube fill speed.:)

Rifle was a different problem completely. Obviously I couldn't enlarge the holes so those long cases would fall so the idea came to make slots over the existing holes, then "L" slots to improve speed. Shaking side to side moved any dropped in the slot away from the actual hole, into the hole. What can I say...it worked. It doesn't care whether its .308 or .223.......I haven't tried 30-06 type lengths. I don't load them progressively at this point.

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