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Handloading with hammers?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Oversight, Nov 26, 2007.

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  1. Oversight

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    What was used for handloading before all of the modern press designs?
     
  2. NuJudge

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    Tong tools (eg the 310 tool) or arbor presses.

    CDD
     
  3. Slinger

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    My original Lee Loader, I used a hard plastic hammer on the sizing die to size the cases. Didn't take long to graduate to a turret press with carbide dies.
     
  4. Ol` Joe

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    A powder flask/measure and ramrod were the 1st reloading tools.
    Lee still makes a "reloader" kit that one uses a mallet with to deprime and seat the bullet. The tong or nutcracker tool was the first I`m aware of for reloading brass cartridges.
     
  5. Pumpkinheaver

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    I started out with a Lee loader for my .223rem.
     
  6. scrat

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    i think just a bout everyone once started with a lee loader. For sure they still are the best all around loading kit. to bad they dont offer full line anymore
     
  7. Owens

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    Wilson dies and an arbor press OR same hand dies with a mallet. Seen both. I have heard that some of the hand die users prefer using a hammer. Personally, can't see why though.
     
  8. Sunray

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    There were hand held tools that held the dies too. I suspect a lot of the early reloaders like Newton(not Sir issac) made their own tooling though.
     
  9. g.willikers

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    dies and a small vise.
     
  10. JaxJim

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    Nothing works better to seat primers than a ball-pean hammer!

    Kidding aside, I saw a guy using some old gear drive reloader at a Black Powder event. About one and a half turns of the handle would do a full stroke on the cartridge. Looked really cool!
     
  11. Walter W.

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    I have used a punch and a hammer to deprime my brass after I busted off the depriming pin on a die.
     
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