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Lee bullet seating die cap with seating depth markings - Any interest for group buy?

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  1. colonelhogan44

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    I'm planning making one that has markings for bullet seating depth adjustment and is easily transferable between die sets. It would be rather simple, and would help with taking (most of) the guesswork out of making changes to cartridge overall length.

    Would anyone be interested in one? I'm thinking that the cost would be around $15 with the machining, anodizing and laser etching.
     
  2. Walkalong

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    Should be a lot of interest in that.
     
  3. dgod
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    I would like to be on that list..
     
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    Might be interested if the price was right.
     
  5. 9mmepiphany

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    I'm interested on general principle. I would have thought the the threads on the Lee seater are too coarse for accurate markings.

    I use a Redding Competition Seating die a lot for my competition handgun ammo and each mark accurately denotes .oo1" too allow quick adjustment when loading on a progressive press

    Also a real time saver when we're loading bullets with different profiles
     
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  6. colonelhogan44

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    I believe the Lee threads 18TPI, so each turn is 55.55 thousandths, which is not too coarse to be workable, remember this is not going to be a precision instrument, just something to speed up the guess and check process of setting depth that Lee die owners currently enjoy. I'll draw something up that can easily transfer between die sets and easily be reset to zero. You can buy one but you'll probably buy more than one of because it will have beautiful fit and finish ;)
     
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  7. Walkalong

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    As long as dialing back to a setting gives the same OAL again, it will be good enough. Each mark doesn't have to move the OAL exactly the same amount.
     
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  8. 9mmepiphany

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    Yes that is the key.

    When I switch between match (170gr RN) and practice bullets (158gt FP) when loading .38Spl, I like being able to just twist the knob between 30 and 45
     
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  9. Bfh_auto

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    If the price is right, I would like a couple.
    I shoot so many bullet profiles in 38/357 that I would love to be able to count lines instead of guessing.
    A second would be nice for doing load development on everything else.
     
  10. Dudedog
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    We will be happy to be Beta testers for you;)
     
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    Count me in!
     
  12. FROGO207

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    I have purchased several seating dies for different bullet seatings this sounds like it would be less costly.
     
  13. Tilos

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    I use my caliper
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    Count me in.
     
  15. Hooda Thunkit

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    Reloading gadget?

    Count me in !
     
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  16. 9mmepiphany

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    Count me in also.

    I'll even go buy a Lee Seating die to use it on. Maybe I'll replace that RBCS .45acp seating die I've been "guessing with" when switching between bullets
     
  17. GaryL

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    That's a great idea. It's easy to spend $15 on something worthless in this hobby, so $15 well spent is a no brainer.

    Also, having a seating adjuster with markings is a useful reminder to double check the seating depth. I suppose a check list would be better for that, but then I'd have to remember to check the check list. :uhoh: :oops:
     
  18. 9mmepiphany

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    What I like about the Redding Competition Seating die is I can set OAL with just one cartridge in the shellplate of my LNL AP and then just dial in the additional thousandths that l need after the first bullet gets seated with a full shellplate.

    One thousandth per marking
     
  19. HDMontana

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    Sounds good to me. I would get one or two.
     
  20. ArchAngelCD

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    Sounds interesting. I might need 1 or more depending on the price. Most of my handgun dies are by Lee.
     
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    I would definitely be interested in at least one, possibly a few depending on final design.
     
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    Update?
     
  24. colonelhogan44

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    It seems there is enough interest to start design work. I'll keep you all updated.
     
  25. HDMontana

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    Thanks. Looking forward to seeing what you come up with.
     
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