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Essential gear you never use

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by beatledog7, Nov 29, 2012.

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  1. SSN Vet

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    Lee case trimmer gage pins for straight walled pistol brass..... why did I buy these again?
     
  2. GLOOB

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    If you can build a case puller in 3 hours, you're way ahead of the curve, compared to spending possibly days trying to find something you bought 25 years ago and have never needed to use, before. :)
     
  3. icanthitabarn

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    Yup another stuck case tool sits unused :)













    and no manuals either :what:
     
  4. idahoglock36

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    Safety Glasses.
     
  5. 119er

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    Manual case prep tools.
     
  6. beatledog7

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    I also have an as-yet unneeded stuck case remover. I have as yet unneeded renter's insurance as well.

    I have pretty much stopped using universal "one size fits some" loading blocks for charging cases with powder. The diagonal arrangement makes my head spin. I have those blue FA blocks now and find them much easier to confirm. Cheap insurance and a real time saver.
     
  7. cfullgraf

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    When it comes to tools, I am pretty organized. Plus, I have duplicated sets of common tools stored in multiple locations. Saves me from a "Ponce de Leon" type search.:)
     
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    A press-mounted bullet puller. I have one in stock but never used it. Yet.
     
  9. GLOOB

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    No way I could manage that. I can barely keep the stuff I commonly use organized; there's a lot of it. The rest gets shuffled around in various storage boxes until I finally start randomly throwing stuff that "doesn't make the cut" away. I'd just as well have the ability to make a tool than to store it, if I expected to need it once every quarter century! :)
     
  10. Kevin Rohrer

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    Concentricty gauge. I have two of them gathering dust.
     
  11. dickttx

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    Bullet pullers (both press and hammer).
    The press type I have had for several years never worked on anything. It was over 40 years before I bought a kinetic, for $17. Taking into account the brass and bullets I have saved with it, it will be about 200 more years before it pays for itself. I AM a retired CPA.:D
     
  12. beatledog7

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    The best reason for pulling apart bad reloads is not saving money but saving firearms, fingers, and eyes from being subjected to a known bad round that somehow got mixed up with normal ammo.

    A disassembled bad round can't hurt anyone.
     
  13. dickttx

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    But if you toss them in a box labeled "Bad Rounds" until you can toss them into the bottom of a pond they aren't going to hurt anyone.
     
  14. doubleh

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    I really can't think of a thing I have on my bench that I don't use. Some things get used very rarely but are still handy when needed. I'll never get rid of my manuals. My reloading setup is in the garage and I can't hit my router from there. Besides I have the pages for the loads I used marked and I can access the information I need in seconds.
     
  15. IROCZ

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    My stuck case remover is still new and hanging on the pegboard above my press. It isn't going anywhere, but unused...
     
  16. beatledog7

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    dickttx,

    If your bad rounds are going to the bottom of a pond, you have no chance of ever salvaging enough components to pay for your puller.
     
  17. dickttx

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    That was before I bought the kinetic and was less than a dozen rounds. Since, I have probably salvaged another dozen with the kinetic.
     
  18. mljdeckard

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    I'm surprised someone said tumbler. I love that thing, I think of all kinds of things to throw in it. I have a 20mm Vulcan shell casing and intact marking slug I picked up at an air force test range when I was a kid, thought it would be fun to set them on my desk at work, threw them in the tumbler first, PRETTY. :) And with the tumbler goes a media separator.

    I bought a Lee hand trimmer set for .30 Carbine, because I read that that cartridge is particularly fussy about case length, but the fit is so tight I can't get it into a lot of the cases anyway.

    Ever since I read RC's recommendation of using a ziploc bag and some spray case lube, I will never use my lube pad or mica case neck lube again. EVER.
     
  19. mljdeckard

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    And I also have a Lee hand press, I use it for sizing, de-capping, and belling while I watch TV, but it doesn't replace my bench press, I still go to the garage for charging and seating.
     
  20. lead slinger

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    My lee beam scale. On the other hand I use my trickler all the time when I load my 500S&W
     
  21. JackM

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    The powder trickler's been in the attic for 30+ years. You can made a case puller in 5 minutes. 1/2" or 5/8" nut, 1x1" piece of 1/4" steel with a 1/4" hole in the middle; or a stack of washers. Drill and tap the primer pocket for a 1/4" bolt, course or fine thread. 7/16" wrench.
     
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    I guess you haven't seen this yet?
    Hornady-Quick-Trickle-300x270.jpg
    http://www.hornady.com/store/Lock-N-Load-Quick-Trickle
     
  23. Foley tech

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    Don't mean to be a jackass but why would a redundant and unneeded tool be on my reloading bench? Those tools live in the spare dies cabinet. Just say'n
     
  24. bbuddtec

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    My .38spl trimmer just resides w/ the more useful ones...

    Hand trickler via 30-06 case here...

    I'm with beatle, saved hand etc, as well as squib-removal by pulling, no regrets.
    and improved my load notes as result :)

    Tumbler??... Really?? LOL I even keep coins and cases I'm "improving" in the media for all cycles....
     
  25. FrankB1948

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    The priming tool on my rockchucker, I've always used a Lee Auto Prime. Don't have to handle the primers, and I can watch football while I'm priming.
     
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