Whats your favorite reloading gadget Bought or made


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jeeptim
December 30, 2012, 02:39 PM
Whats your favorite reloading gadget Bought or made
I got a RCBS primer pocket swagger from an estate sale a few years back it dose sm & lg also has caliber specific-ish pins that go in the die works amazingly well, so well I swagged 1000s of cases for later use, it sat for a year + and haven't used it. I have the one year rule if I don't use something for a year (other then consumables) It has to go So I posted it on G/B while it was listed thought I would Do any cases that I had. I forgot how well this worked fast easy. So now that I have used it it has another year. Took it off G/B immediately.
The other Item is a possum Hollow case trimmer (it's my buddys) I have the RCBS trimm pro with a drill hooked up to it thought that was fast NO It's not The P.H. trimmer for the .308 I would venture to guess 500 an hr and the trimm pro 100 to 150 an hr. Only draw back to the P.H. is caliber specific so it can get a lil pricy and only works for shouldered cases.
And the other is my reloading bench it's an old SUN tune cabinet that had the engine tune up machine/computer from the 70s metal on wheels made a wood top for it. door in the front that locks I can fit 15 ammo cans in it and once I'm done just wheel it in the corner and be done with it. Think I'm gonna post some pix.
Let us know what reloading tool has really WOWED you. Stuff to enhance the operation we already have. Gonna go git some pix.

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capreppy
December 30, 2012, 02:55 PM
My buddy and I went halfsies on a Giraud Trimmmer and an RCBS Chargemaster dispenser. Both have been wow purchases.

mtrmn
December 30, 2012, 11:54 PM
CH4D swaging/priming kit. Fastest swager ever seen. Tough and made in USA. CHEAP--- ~$40 shipped!

HKGuns
December 31, 2012, 12:38 AM
Believe it or not...This one.

http://www.midwayusa.com/product/215517/frankford-arsenal-impact-bullet-puller

kingmt
December 31, 2012, 12:39 AM
A second primer ram for my CH4D. :-)

bonez
December 31, 2012, 11:46 AM
I think the Dillon polishing media separator (squirrel cage) would be mine. Turns a PIA into simplicity itself.

You can see it here: http://www.dillonprecision.com/#/content/p/9/pid/23663/catid/8/CM_500_Case_Media_Separator

Spade5
December 31, 2012, 12:16 PM
I take about a 1 inch piece of stranded electrical wire and strip off a quarter inch or so of insulation to make a "brush." I chuck it up in my drill press or Dremel on sllow speed. It does a great job of cleaning the pocket and does not eat up any of the brass. Cheap and disposable, sort of like me.

dickttx
December 31, 2012, 12:47 PM
I kind of agree with bonez. I thought a media separator was kind of silly. But I kept having media all over my bench even after shaking and shaking the strainer, and even picking cases up individually and tapping them. Finally bought a Berry's and it is one of the best $30 I have spent.
Probably even more useful is my set of crochet hoops I use to corral cases and bullets while loading, and everything else that would roll around on my bench.

dsm
December 31, 2012, 01:08 PM
Benchsource case annealer and a Hoover bullet tipping die.

morcey2
December 31, 2012, 01:17 PM
I made a trail-boss dipper out of an 8x57 yugo surplus case chopped off at the shoulder and a copper wire soldered to it as a handle. Kept shaving the shoulder until it dipped about 15.5 grains. I use it for both 8x57 and 30-06 loads.

FROGO207
December 31, 2012, 06:31 PM
I would say the Hornaday Cam-lock bullet puller and set of collets. Saved my arm countless hours of disassembling unknown ammo to salvage components or make "Mexican Match" ammo.

flashhole
December 31, 2012, 06:40 PM
The Lee 3-Jaw Chuck.

Frankl03
December 31, 2012, 06:45 PM
1. Dillon 600 super swager. Makes swaging which is a pain go pretty fast.

The Lee bulge buster. I had lots of .40 brass with Glock bulge. the bulge buster takes it right out. I comes in a round plastic case which you then use to catch the cartridges as they come out the top of the bulge buster.

cfullgraf
December 31, 2012, 06:50 PM
I made a series of "Go-No-Go" case length gauges for measuring whether I need to trim cases. The gauges are cartridge specific.

Works like a set of calipers without the worry of damaging the calipers if dropped. Measuring goes quick.

See pix here...

http://www.thehighroad.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=176745&d=1356698727

rfwobbly
December 31, 2012, 06:59 PM
I made this primer deflector for my Dillon 550 on the advice from another forum. It's my favorite because it was so fun to make.

Directions read, "First, empty a beer can...." :D

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-RNO_CpnQI7o/TjdFgE0xniI/AAAAAAAACu0/Rb79GvcCG2g/s800/IMG_4718.JPG

HighExpert
January 11, 2013, 12:49 AM
Roller handle for my 550B. The original knob was a pain when loading 1000-1500 rounds at a sittling.

twice barrel
January 11, 2013, 07:49 AM
Lee auto disc powder measures. Either one.

jmorris
January 11, 2013, 09:47 AM
Toss up between my bullet caster

http://www.thehighroad.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=29452&d=1128176336

http://www.thehighroad.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=29451&d=1128176305

http://www.thehighroad.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=29453&d=1128176360


Or the computer controlled 1050.

This one is a video, click photo to play.
http://i121.photobucket.com/albums/o213/jmorrismetal/th_VIDEO0114.jpg (http://i121.photobucket.com/albums/o213/jmorrismetal/VIDEO0114.mp4)

daboone
January 11, 2013, 10:15 AM
This device save a bunch of time and is a pleasure to use.

http://i606.photobucket.com/albums/tt150/daboone60/IMAG0108-1.jpg

whipper
January 11, 2013, 10:37 AM
Going stainless,
I love the way it cleans brass. Makes it look like brand new.

Clark
January 11, 2013, 11:11 AM
http://www.thehighroad.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=140259&d=1302492455
http://www.thehighroad.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=170307&d=1345641842

I made improvements to the co-ax press jaw shell holder housing.
1) If a case got stuck in the sizer die, pulling it out bent the housing. I fixed that with a beefier housing.
2) If the long jaw adjusting screw was adjusted too high, the housing would run into it, and the housing got bent. Fixed that by making the hole bigger for clearance so the screw passes through.
3) Changing jaws would sometimes be a pain, as the jaw springs flew across the room. Fixed that with springs in a hole, not a trough.
4) The button head screws took a long time to screw in or out with an Allen wrench. Fixes that with a knurled head screw that screws in with finger and thumb.
5) The button head screw was hard to line up with the holes in the wear plate, jaws, housing, and guide block casting. Fixed that with a pointy end on the cap head screw.

What does it all mean?
Swapping from 223 to 7mmRM jaws on a co-ax press went from a 5 minute pain to 30 seconds [timed] while blindfolded.
Most guys who hunt Africa and are worth $10M+ just have more than one co-ax press, but there had to be another way for ground squirrel hunters like me.

918v
January 11, 2013, 12:06 PM
My favorite is the RCBS Little Dandy powder measure. It throws precise charges all day long and I can charge 25 cases in under a minute. It makes single stage reloading fast!

THe Dove
January 11, 2013, 01:09 PM
Not intended to be a smart elic answer but my favorite reloading gadget is my RCBS press.

The Dove

Centurian22
January 11, 2013, 02:12 PM
Tough to say from just getting into reloading but I'd say its between the lee classic turret press and the Lee Ergo Prime hand priming tool. The ergo just inches out the win for me.

mtrmn
January 11, 2013, 02:41 PM
Toss up between my bullet caster

http://www.thehighroad.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=29452&d=1128176336

http://www.thehighroad.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=29451&d=1128176305

http://www.thehighroad.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=29453&d=1128176360


Or the computer controlled 1050.

This one is a video, click photo to play.
http://i121.photobucket.com/albums/o213/jmorrismetal/th_VIDEO0114.jpg (http://i121.photobucket.com/albums/o213/jmorrismetal/VIDEO0114.mp4)

Jmorris you are obviously one talented individual blessed with a fair amount of free time. This is a very sweet setup requiring a lot of forethought and planning. I'm green with envy.:D

Clark
January 11, 2013, 04:33 PM
It does not look like that was Jmorris' first rodeo.
I'll bet he does something similar for a living.... way too good for just being a hobby.

THe Dove
January 11, 2013, 04:55 PM
I wish he would post a video of the boolit cast set up.

The Dove

soloban
January 11, 2013, 08:06 PM
RCBS Chargemaster and "World's Finest Trimmer" in .30-06. Makes reloading for the Garand a snap. Will be buying one in .223 very soon to make reloading for the AR and equal snap.

eam3clm@att.net
January 11, 2013, 08:18 PM
I got a "Worlds Finest Trimmer" for 223 this christmas. It has become my favorite way to trim 223 brass. The trim length varies a little, but I can live with it.

Fire_Moose
January 11, 2013, 09:15 PM
A flashlight

useless signiture

rsrocket1
January 11, 2013, 09:44 PM
Found a basket used for raffle tickets that could be used to separate the crushed walnut shells from the cases after vibratory tumbling. 10k+ reloads later it's still going strong. The built-in paddles work well to flip the cases over:
http://i270.photobucket.com/albums/jj96/rsrocket1/sifter2.jpg

Nappers
January 12, 2013, 05:16 AM
My girlfriend letting me put the reloading bench in the house so she doesn't lose me for hours on end in the garage, 4' wide, 2' deep that I built, not pretty but she lets me keep it in there! And she supports my habit by buying me stuff!

res7s
January 12, 2013, 05:17 AM
My mind. I read handloading and casting articles and books daily. You can never get too much knowledge.

RetiredUSNChief
January 12, 2013, 05:57 AM
I made a series of "Go-No-Go" case length gauges for measuring whether I need to trim cases. The gauges are cartridge specific.

Works like a set of calipers without the worry of damaging the calipers if dropped. Measuring goes quick.

See pix here...

http://www.thehighroad.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=176745&d=1356698727

Hey! I like that idea!

Once I get my reloading set up finally started, I think I'll start making a few of my own.

By the way...people have made a nice chunk from simpler things...perhaps you ought to look into production and marketing. It's such an obviously handy reloading tool, and people would be happy to pay a nominal price to get one by UPS in a couple days rather than carefully machine one of their own.

;)

WNTFW
January 13, 2013, 01:59 AM
Bought:
I used my media separator tonight. Every time it makes me think how effective it is for being so simple. How it gets all the media out of bottleneck cases is one of my simple pleasures of reloading.

savanahsdad
January 13, 2013, 04:01 AM
My Atlas V-42 lathe, for everything from makeing my own muzzle breaks too triming brass , and "GO" "NO-GO" gauges ect ect ,:)

GW Staar
January 13, 2013, 11:31 PM
My simplest favorite reloading gadget I made. Using a fluorescent lighting eggcrate from Home Depot, dikes to cut it and Styrofoam plastic sheet from the hobby store glued to the bottom with liquid model airplane cement.

http://i935.photobucket.com/albums/ad195/gstrad/IMG_0942.jpg

Holds way more cases than the commercial or even homemade wood variety.
One sheet makes a bunch. They don't look half bad either.
http://i935.photobucket.com/albums/ad195/gstrad/IMG_0944.jpg

lead slinger
January 14, 2013, 12:25 AM
Toss up between my bullet caster

http://www.thehighroad.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=29452&d=1128176336

http://www.thehighroad.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=29451&d=1128176305

http://www.thehighroad.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=29453&d=1128176360


Or the computer controlled 1050.

This one is a video, click photo to play.
http://i121.photobucket.com/albums/o213/jmorrismetal/th_VIDEO0114.jpg (http://i121.photobucket.com/albums/o213/jmorrismetal/VIDEO0114.mp4)
i think you need to start a new thread with much more detail on thoese two. there is no other words to say then just bad a**

jmorris
January 14, 2013, 09:05 AM
My first post here in '05 had details about the caster. It's here http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=158478&highlight=Master+caster

This is a link to the Computer controlled 1050 thread.

http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=670931&highlight=Computer+controlled+1050

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