Unsolicited Review of 3D Loading Blocks

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  1. dgod
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    I had the privilege of receiving a pair of the "TheGerman"s 3D Printed Loading Blocks. These were made for the .223/5.56 caliber. They are setup for 55 shells/Loads. This allows for separation of loads all on the same block. The fit was very good, absolutely a great Idea. I especially like the smaller size. These loading blocks are nowhere near the size of the MTM or RCBS loading blocks.

    If I had to say something I didn't care for, it would be the size of the Cartridge Fit, that was printed on the outside edge that showed .223/5.56, it was difficult to read, probably due to lack of space. My Suggestion would be to leave it off, the block is Great, cases set in the holes very nicely,

    I will have more calibers as soon as "TheGerman" comes up with their development.

    Contact Tom at "[email protected]", tell him dgod sent you, yu won't be disappointed.

    Great Product

    Dan
     
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    Looks interesting, dgod. I went to primercatcher.com but no loading blocks are shown anywhere on their web site. Where are they?
     
  3. TheGerman

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    Thanks for the review dgod!

    The blocks aren't on the website yet because I initially just made a few for myself and put the two I did not need anymore in the PIF section. Years ago (before the 3D printer time...), I cut one for 45-70 out of wood and just did not want to do all the work again, so I designed and printed a few in plastic.

    Cost for the material is about $8 (shipping about $5) and I would need to design them for other calibers than .223. Let me know which calibers you are looking for!
    This is how it looks for .223
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    Nice! Caliber specific load blocks are so much nicer than the one size fits most.
     
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    Looks good, brother. Should we watch the website for updates or will you post here?
     
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    I'll post here and after getting the stamp of approval here, will add it to the website for the rest of the world.

    I have the following calibers ready and am still checking if I can get the cost further down, but assume it will end up between $11 and $13 shipped ($5 shipping, rest for the material).
    .223/5.56, .300 blackout
    .40 S&W
    .308 Win, .30-06

    Black or green was what I thought - any other preferences?
     
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    TheGerman,

    Did I send you a list of Calibers? I'll take a 308 and a 30-06 in Black please, let me know where to send the $$

    Dan
     
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    Color doesn't matter, either Red or Green would be fun.
    Black is acceptable if that's the material you have on hand.

    I'd like to try two in 308/30-06. Let me know the final amount.
     
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    Dan, Ants - the one for .30-06 and .308 are interchangeable, the shells have the exact same max. diameter,

    I'm working on 9mm, .38/.357, .45 acp, .45 LC, .300 Winmag, .45-70, .500 S&W
     
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    I need all of them except 45-70 and 500S&W please
     
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    Yes, we know.
    That's what makes this loading block so useful, cases fit properly because
    they don't try to accommodate a thousand other rifle/pistol cartridges at the same time.
    Yet, any case with the same base diameter fits perfectly well.
     
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    This is kind of an oddball, but I might be interested in one or two of these in 9x18 Makarov. You pretty well cover the rest of my needs for now.
    Wouldn't the .30-06/.308 also work for the .45 ACP?
    I am curious though - Why 55 instead of 50?
     
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    The 9x18 Makarov has almost the same diameter as the 9mm Para/Luger/Nato, so not even the need to design a new one for that.

    The .45 ACP has a diameter of 0.48", the .308/.30-06 of 0.473" making the latter a tiny bit larger, so yes, it would fit - but for the longer rifle cartridges, I make the holes deeper so they get a bit more side support, dropping a way shorter case in there may make it more difficult to get it out/handle it.

    I go with 55 holes so I can always leave one row empty when moving through the process from left to right. Makes it easier to see where I stopped in case the wife calls me with "something more important" away from the bench while reloading.
     
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    Yeah I thought about the Mak thing after I posted. The only reason I would need the trays in the first place is to mark my brass and Mak is one of the few calibers I have to do that for.
    Good to know about the number of holes. I load on a progressive only, so the processes of single stage loading aren't always apparent to me.
     
  15. TheDomFather

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    Very nice but the frankford arsenal caliber specific reloading blocks are $3.99 from midwayusa.com
     
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    That is a really great deal - can't beat the price of high volume injection molded ones and Frankford Arsenal products are typically reasonably good for their price.
     
  17. ants

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    Using 308 loading blocks for 45acp:

    Drop a bullet into each hole in the loading block first. The 45 case sits on top of that so it can be grabbed easily.
     
  18. Kaldor

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    Great idea actually. I use 2 blocks side by side when I run on the single so I can segregate the steps out. This certainly simplifies that.
     
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