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Missouri Bullet Company shop photos

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by MissouriBullet, Dec 14, 2009.

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  1. MissouriBullet

    MissouriBullet Member

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    What the heck. I took a few snaps with my Android before coming in from the shop, if anyone's interested in seeing where their bullets are born.

    The alert among you will note one of the pigs. We start the day with a ton each of 2/6 and 1.33/4 alloy and work through most of both of them by midnight. The pigs weigh 58 lbs. each and we manhandle them directly into the Magma Mark 7's, each of which will eat one every 38 minutes or so, figuring on a 200 grain bullet in production. We try not to drop the pigs on our feet very often, especially the 1.33/4 pigs, because they dent so easily :)

    Sizers, casters, stock shelf, cart with 35 boxes of bullets (about a quarter of today's production), all captured in grainy, low resolution for your viewing excitement.

    And Robert, my excellent night man, who managed to dodge out of all the other photos. I caught him when he wasn't looking.

    Brad
     

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  2. Canuck-IL

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    Actually, not too grainy at all - thanks for sharing.
    /Bryan
     
  3. Roccobro

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    Yes. Thank you Brad for sharing. :)

    Justin
     
  4. atlanticfire

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    Cool! :eek: Just reminded me that I still need to order 500s and 45 #4s. Maybe when I get paid Friday.
     
  5. Quoheleth

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    That's cool.

    I've gotta ask. I see the fans; at least one was running. How warm does it get in the shop in the summer? Winter?

    Jon
     
  6. MissouriBullet

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    Well, those are exhaust fans to get the fumes out. We keep it toasty or cool in there, depending upon the season with a 4-ton HVAC unit. Before we got that wonderful thing, we measured the temp near the casters in late June and it was 124 degrees there. Now on the hottest of sunny days, it's as cool as we want it to be.

    That must be why my electric bill is $400.00 a month now?

    For heating, we have a fine little Charmglow 30k BTU fireplace that runs off the propane tank outside that keeps us warm after the first 10 minutes or so. I try to get into the shop around 0700 and get the building warm and start heating up the casters and sizers before the day shift arrives at 0800 (in theory.)
     
  7. idahoglock36

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    Brad,

    Great Job! How do you get away with only a $400 month power bill with the amount of lead you melt? If your going through a ton or two a day that is some serious power! Shop looks great! Thanks for the pics....and your op is great for product service and value......Congrats for the pics and your continued hard work!
     
  8. Publius1688

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    Great pics! thanks for sharing them. Shop pictures rock.
     
  9. tommyintx

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    can you describe/name the equipment you use?
    I'm getting into casting.. not necessarily high quantities.. maybe 1000 per month of 45 200 or 230 grain swc/rns... my friend gave me a lubrasizer yesterday.. curious of what equipment i can get to expedite the process.. i see some collaters.. looks like the cam-dex and ammoload collaters i've seen.. for sizing? do you have a bullet feed setup on some sort of progressive sizer/swager/gas checker or something?

    thanks
    tommy
     
  10. rondog

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    Thanks for the photos! Let me put this bug in your ear - "You Tube Video!" I think a LOT of people here would LOVE to see a video of the operation! I know I would anyway.

    If there's anybody here that produces loaded ammo commercially, let's see videos from you too!
     
  11. ArchAngelCD

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    That bucket of bullets in the middle of the first photo brings a tear to my eye, it's a beautiful thing...

    Nice photos, thanks for posting them...
     
  12. Seedtick

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    Here, here, Rondog. That's a great idea.

    I for one have no idea what all is involved in making all those purty little boolits.

    I vote yes for a vid!

    ST

    :)
     
  13. Roccobro

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    I will have to agree on the Youtube cry. I can sit and watch machinery videos all day...

    Jusin
     
  14. twice barrel

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    Only wish the pics were larger so these tired eyes could see it better. Spent a number of years in a small operation not too unlike what you depict. Wet & applied many labels to small boxes and cased them up for shipment.

    Great times and thanks for sharing yours.

    Merry Christmas,

    TB
     
  15. MetalMan52

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    The pictures are great. Thanks for posting them. Somehow I pictured your shop being larger, just shows how much you have your act together. You guys absolutely rock, best customer service I have ever experienced.
    I wish that the company that I work for was managed as well as yours.
    Congratulation and continued success if the comming new year.
    Pat
     
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    Click on the photo and you will see the larger version.
     
  17. MissouriBullet

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    The casting equipment is all Magma Engineering Bullet Master Mark 7's. We have a Mark 8 on order, should be here in 3 weeks. The sizers are all Magma Engineering Lube Masters. We have 5 M-A Systems collators and one Howell CNC collator, which is a much heavier-duty unit and which we use exclusively for the difficult .380 and Makarov bullets. We'll be replacing the M-A's with Howells over time, as they are better collators and require much less service and will handle more load.

    Magma makes great stuff but man, talk about constant adjustments! A challenge to the mechanically impaired, like me. The Mark 7's do about 3200 bullets per hour (depending upon the bullet) and the Lube Masters run at about 4,000 per hour. What I enjoy doing is setting up 2 or 3 sizers to run a tub of 20,000 of the same bullets and watch that pile of bullets get finished in 2 hours or so.

    We try to make 3 or 4 different bullets every day. With some of the very hot ones, we will routinely do a "stocking run" of 2 full days of production (day + night shift) and wind up with 70-80k of that bullet. The SmallBall 9mm is our most popular bullet and we do that one in that manner every 10 days or so.

    Brad
     
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    The pictures are great. I too, vote for a You Tube Video. Thanks also for explaining what we are looking at. Congratulations on a very good product and your excellent customer service.
     
  19. MissouriBullet

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    Today's shipping

    Don't you feel sorry for our maillady? That's 44,000 bullets.
     

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    The last order I had of 2000 bullets. The mail lady wouldnt bring it to the house. She left a note it was too heavy and I had to pick up at post office.
     
  21. MissouriBullet

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    Actually, I believe that they are required to deliver the mail. They will attempt to evade that responsibility sometimes, depending upon the carrier.
     
  22. Joemyxplyx

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    My mailman always puts the boxes on the porch.

    Once I took a box of 3,000 back to the post office. The box had to be at max weight - 70lbs or so. Now I'm 275lbs, I work out and rehab houses. I'm pretty strong. I picked the box up and put it on the counter like it weighed half as much just to watch the mail lady - about 5'8", 140lbs - struggle with the box. She picked it up and slipped it behind the counter with as much ease as I used putting it on the counter.

    For some reason, our postal people are inordinately strong. Maybe something to do with being rural Ohio country folk. Or maybe she had seen the box of bullets on the counter trick before. :)
     
  23. twice barrel

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    Just wait until your old or frail. Between arthritis and carpal tunnel amongst other things I found my order of 1000 difficult to get to the bench. 2000 will be a real booger.


    TB
     
  24. dagger dog

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    Now thats what I call GETTING THE LEAD OUT!

    Very professional looking operation, neat and clean, you can always tell when someone takes pride in their work(product)!
     
  25. m&pc9

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    My mail lady is very nice, so I didnt have a problem with going to the post office.
     
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