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What clever little things have you "invented or discovered" that you can share?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by James THR, Aug 28, 2006.

  1. clearcut

    clearcut Member

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    what a cool thread, I use white rice and a little ajax for low cost tumbling the cases come out clean then I rinse w/hot h2o and dry in pie pan on the wood stove
    CC
     
  2. Jcinnb

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    One thing I did was attach a board to my bench where I load powder. I drilled a series of holes that fit the head of the cases so when I pour powder into the case, it is sticking in the hole, upright and solid. I then move to the case to the box I want to store it in. I measure and pour through funnel for every load, so it really helps, like an extra hand. I have a lot less spilled powder or knocked over cases, and it really helps me keep things straight! I is also very easy, the way it is positioned, to glance down in each case to enusre it has not been pre poured. Yet another safety check.
     
  3. ClayinAR

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    I went to Radio Shack and picked up a 9v light,from the parts bin, and a 9v battery connector. Assembled and mounted under the turret of my lee turret press. The light can be bent around to position and shines right down into the case with just enough light to verify charge. This is a do it yourself alternative to Hornady's led strip.

    Polybins. I love these things. Picked them up at Arbor Freight. Little stackable storage bins. They come with a strip to be able to mount them on a wall.I have two mounted by each press. Makes it easy to keep things sorted and when your done sizing you can pick up the whole bin and head to the trimmer.
     
  5. onslaught5012

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    I will try this for sure!

    Thanks,

    Len from New Zealand :)
     
  6. onslaught5012

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    Thanks, yes this is a good tip, and can make pulling the lever far more comfortable on a 'short-stroke'. Difficult to size cases may need more leverage though, but I only reload .204 Ruger currently, and have my Lee Turret set up with a shortened lever. I also bent my lever a touch more in the vice, to have MORE of a bend in it, to keep clear of everything.
     
  7. onslaught5012

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    Very elegant, Thank you Sir!
     
  8. onslaught5012

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    Amazing! Great patch catcher idea!
     
  9. LT.Diver

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    When I reload I keep going until I have enough to fill half an ammo can. I made a divider out of scrap wood. Loaded ammo goes in one side, spent brass in the other.
     
  10. Handgun Shooter

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    +1 on post 1107. Great idea!
     
  11. thefish

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    Lee breechblock safety prime reach around

    Ok. I've been reloading for all of a few weeks, so I don't have any great pearls of wisdom, but one thing I discovered last night on my lee challanger breechblock with safety prime, is because I am right handed, I prefer to use the press right handed. If I stand slightly to the left of the press, and load brass with my left hand, when the ram goes up into the flaring die, I reach around the press with my left hand to drop the primer using the safety prime. Then my right hand never leaves tha ram handle, and the whole priming process seems a little more seamless and faster.
     
  12. Kurastduuks

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    Empty crown royal bags are the best tasting way to get pistol brass storage!
     
  13. ClayinAR

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    "Empty crown royal bags are the best tasting way to get pistol brass storage!"

    I use those to cover my powder measures. I don't have enough to put brass in, my brass is in 5 gallon buckets.
     
  14. Jesse Heywood

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    Cleanup Brush

    For an all-purpose cleanup brush around the press, cut the end off a 1" chip brush. The shorter bristles are easier for cleaning. This is also useful to clean powder from the walls of a powder measure, but a separate brush is recommended.

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  15. Mr Jjohanson

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    Modifffy if needed (and adapt) 3 items

    so I single stage. all my Lee dippers fits and stores
    nicely in a little green CCI/Speer 223 1000ct green plastic
    bullets box (its small but just that big) that i got many a year ago.

    when i needed a trio of funnels for the purposes, a small green
    RCBS funnell got trimmed ( the bottom 5/8") to allow for short
    pistol case loading in the short load block, length is nice; and i use
    the red mtm funnel for small diam Cal., kept one Standard length RCBS
    funnell for Regular.

    AT ONE PT, i had a rcbs deburrer tool, just the little short pin inside sorta
    separated(and popped loose). went to my hardware supply and found a
    16Penny hard steel and serrated Concrete nail. trimmed to length to be a 1.25
    inches too long and stuck it in That there hole, Now it also works in my little
    cordless drill as a crimp de burrer very efficiently, (never got a decrimper)
    but i use a rubber disposable glove that has some duct/masking tape on the hand thats holding the shells, can get thru 200 in 15-20 mins !!:uhoh:
    additionally, in a recent 3 yrs, a friend went with me on a Job, Oroville CAL, i said 'i guess im Here, Lets stop in Quick like' to RCBS said HI they obliged
    i got some Decap pins, both parties very happy.:neener:
     
  16. smovlov

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    I hit the bullet seating die adjusting screw with a center punch at the edge so I can see how much I'm adjusting the seating depth.

    Also I have 357 dies that wouldn't expand my 38 cases. I cut a small spacer out of plexiglass on a laser cutter. Works perfect now!

    I drilled and threaded a machine screw into one of the cavities on the disk. It works way better than the adjustable charge bar for pistol charges.

    The small chip brush for cleaning things works well too!
     
  17. KSCCHTrainer

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    I use Crown Royal bags for bringing brass home from the range. Friend who is a bartender gave me a handful of the larger ones this morning at breakfast and I'll use those for press covers. Thanks!

    Jim
     
  18. Armored farmer

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    A couple ideas for hunting season....

    I hope this hasn't already been posted, but I like to use our vacuum food sealer to seal my permits, tinder, matches..... . anything that needs to stay dry.

    Capri Sun or juice boxes make a lightweight tasty drink for hunting. The empty box or pouch is easier to pack out than empty bottles.
     
  19. 6R33N3

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    Thank You everyone for all of the great ideas and information!
     
  20. Spade5

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    Dremel coupling

    Many years ago I bought four couplings because mine broke. Years later when it broke again, I pulled my backups out and every one of them disentigrated in my hand.

    I needed to get something done so I cut a small piece of I think 3/8 fuel line. Worked the ends a little with my fingers then slipped in on and it worked like a charm.

    Might be a safetly issue if you jam the cutting/grinding tool because I don't think it is going to let go.
     
  21. oldfortyfiveauto

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    stock protector

    Not sure where this should fall so I put it here. Cover is to protect the stock from cleaning fluids. Basically a piece of scrap vinyl from an old chair. I lay it over the stock and use a plastic spring clamp to hold in place.
     

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  22. flintlock62

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    Just don't sprinkle them on your spaghetti!
     
  23. celem

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    I don't understand this. If the ram cannot fully descend how does the turret turn since it has to get to the bottom to hit the twisted section.





     
  24. floydster

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    celem, think about it:)
     
  25. Skinnedknuckles

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    I needed a taper crimp die for loading plated bullets in .38/.357. I use the Lee Factory Crimp Die for both .38 and 9mm so I looked to see if the crimp insert from the 9mm would fit in the .38. It would (I think the bodies are identical), but was too long. I ordered a replacement 9mm insert from Lee (cheap!) and cut it off the same length as the .38 insert and ground it square. It works great and is a lot cheaper than a special crimp die. I just put the roll crimp insert back in when loading bullets with a cannelure or crimp groove.

    I also bought extra seating die inserts for both calibers and used epoxy in the sockets to make seating dies for different bullet nose shapes.
     
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