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homebrew case feeder plans?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by anaxagoras, Mar 10, 2012.

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  1. anaxagoras

    anaxagoras Member

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    i've seen a number of youtube videos on home made case feeders but no plans for them.

    I have an LNL and the hopper seems straight forward, but the shuttle system and guide wire seems a bit more difficult. Has a lot more margin for error. Has anyone seen any plans for these?
     
  2. Striker Fired

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    I have been working on my own a bit. I have the shuttles cnc'ed out, but ran into a snag with the way to feed the cases to it because the entire platform moves up with the ram.I am trying to put just a small cylinder or solinoid to push the shuttle without the wire,but to get the cases into the shuttle in the first place is a b***h. I've put it in the backseat to making some longer primer pins for now.
     
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    The collator is the expensive part of the feeder, + the plates (LP, SP, SR, LR $40ea). Just order the shuttle and rod. The shuttle has a spring loaded part that gives when you over travel so nothing is over loaded. You can use a micro switch to trigger the feed when the ram is up. The push blocks that Hornady uses are not design right for smooth operation. The push blocks need to be so they go down to the base far enough to push the brass below the extractor grove in the brass. I glued on a piece of leather to mine. I saw one uses to it with a wire rod coming off the mounting rod.

    The rod connects to the sub frame plate that holds the catch basket. The original one that comes with the press does not have the hole for the feeder, unless they decided thin there inventor down to just one plate.
     
  4. jmorris

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    No plans but one that I made used boxtube and plastic for the shuttle, simple to make.


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    One of the collators I built used rolled aluminum for the body and plastic for the other parts.

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    I used a double split set collar to connect the plate to the motor so it could clutch if something jammed.

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    The spacing of the notches was done with a larger version of these simple fixtures.

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  5. Striker Fired

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    It's a lot easier if the whole shuttle and feed mechanism can be mounted stationary.With the LNL, the whole shuttle and feed parts have to move up and down with the ram,then either you have to have the whole coalator move also(not at all practical) or the shuttle has to pick up a case at the top of its motion,and then drop down with the ram,and finally at the bottom push forward to feed the case intl the shellholder. If it didn't move with the ram,then its simple,like above pic,or what GW Star did for his Pro 2000.
    I could always cut the shuttle arm off my shellplate and mount it solid ,I'm just not ready to go that route.

    I have it in my head how to do it ,but time wise to actually make it is my downer.
     

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    The one above has to move with the ram. To attach the stationary collator to the moving feed tube use a spring. The same thing you have to do when using a bullet feeder on a 1050 as the dies move up and down while the shell plate only rotates.

    Click on this photo for the video.
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  7. anaxagoras

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    jmorris, thank you for the pictures and explanation. What kind of plastic is that for the shuttle? How did you cut it?
     
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    The trademark is Hyvar, I used a bandsaw and mill to make the parts.
     
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