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

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by colonelhogan44, Jan 30, 2020.

  1. colonelhogan44

    colonelhogan44 Member

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    Same here! It'll probably be a few weeks until I have a concept with day jobs and all.
     
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  2. Bosn Ski

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    Count me in
     
  3. drband

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    Me too!
     
  4. Ohen Cepel

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    I'm interested also.
     
  5. dave333

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    Day job?? Quit. Too much opportunity in the world of aftermarket reloading accessories. :D:rofl::D
     
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  6. colonelhogan44

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    I'll quit after my first million units of aftermarket reloading accessories ;)
     
  7. HDMontana

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    Any progress on the concept yet?
     
  8. 45 long

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    I'm in !!
     
  9. colonelhogan44

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    Not yet, February was crazy at work. Hopefully this month.
     
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    Sounds good to me
     
  11. HDMontana

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    Nice!
     
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    I'm in if the list is still open.
     
  13. Jenrick

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    Definitely in. That would address my only real complaint with the Lee seating die.
     
  14. colonelhogan44

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    The list has not started yet -- I'm going to come up with a concept, post it up for flaming and then do some revisions, then probably open up a list and make a few.
     
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  15. Professor Gascan

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    I'd be in for one. I've been waffling with the idea of a hornady seating die and microjust seating stem, but this seams cheap enough to give it a shot.
     
  16. rdnktrkr

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    This has brought up a solution to something I never thought about, different seating depths quickly, I usually run a box of bullets at a time, but I can see the benefits if loading multiple bullet profiles with the same die. I like the idea and would like to replace the plastic adjusters that came with some of my die sets.
    What are the benefits of doing this verses using the depth end of some calipers, measuring the top of the adjuster to the die? That would make it repeatable between sessions.
     
  17. GaryL

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    As far as the questions goes, you would get a setting you like, make a note of it, and when you go back to loading the same bullets, you could get back to the right depth very quickly. I think you would still make a couple small final adjustments, unless the markings provide micrometer accuracy, and then it would be pretty much right on. You would still want to clean the seater, especially when running lead.
     
  18. Tilos

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    I have filed a line on the adjuster of a seating die as a reference, with that and knowing the adjuster's thread pitch I can estimate how much a 1/4-1/2-3/4 turn would change the seating depth and OAL.

    I see as what the OP is describing is etching radial lines on the screw face (top) or equally spaced around the screw diameter as a visual que of the amount of change to the seating depth, based on the screw pitch.
    The problem I see with that is any adjustment beyond a complete turn negates any reference to previous measurements, unless the screw is bottomed and the number of turns out are counted and recorded/noted for each setting.
    I might be missing something in the OP's description of what he's planning to make but I can't seeing it working unless it has a spindle that counts the turns like a micrometer.
    I have since changed to using a dial caliper step measurement as a reference/recorded in my loading book.
    SeaterS2.jpg
    The use of a caliper as described gives you an absolute reference measurement that is repeatable without knowing the number of turns out, etc.
    I use it a lot on die body/lock rings, powder measures,etc.
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    Sorry OP, not trying to poop in your thread, maybe you can post more info about what you are proposing to help me understand it better.
    :)
    https://www.thehighroad.org/index.p...-interest-for-group-buy.862883/#post-11378656
     

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  19. Tilos

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    Do you mean like this posted above, post #13:
    https://www.thehighroad.org/index.p...-interest-for-group-buy.862883/#post-11378656
     
  20. rdnktrkr

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    No, I'm thinking turn those calipers over and using the stem like measuring depth
     
  21. Tilos

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    Same, only different
    I found what I pictured is easier to get square to what's being measured and more ridged... try it.
    :thumbup:
     
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  22. Rbstuartjr

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    I’d be in as well!
     
  23. GaryL

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    I was thinking you would read it like a micrometer. But, that only works with the correct type of indicator marks. I could be wrong about the OP's intentions (design).

    Looks like some old dies. Good to see them still providing service.
     
  24. HDMontana

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    Any updates on progress of this?
     
  25. colonelhogan44

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    Still on the list of things to develop, haven't gotten down that far quite yet. So I hope. Catching up on about 10 years of previously shelved projects with all the forced time off out here in the land of California leftcoast unemployment utopia.
     
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