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Whats your favorite reloading gadget Bought or made

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by jeeptim, Dec 30, 2012.

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  1. jeeptim

    jeeptim Member

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    Whats your favorite reloading gadget Bought or made
    I got a RCBS primer pocket swagger from an estate sale a few years back it dose sm & lg also has caliber specific-ish pins that go in the die works amazingly well, so well I swagged 1000s of cases for later use, it sat for a year + and haven't used it. I have the one year rule if I don't use something for a year (other then consumables) It has to go So I posted it on G/B while it was listed thought I would Do any cases that I had. I forgot how well this worked fast easy. So now that I have used it it has another year. Took it off G/B immediately.
    The other Item is a possum Hollow case trimmer (it's my buddys) I have the RCBS trimm pro with a drill hooked up to it thought that was fast NO It's not The P.H. trimmer for the .308 I would venture to guess 500 an hr and the trimm pro 100 to 150 an hr. Only draw back to the P.H. is caliber specific so it can get a lil pricy and only works for shouldered cases.
    And the other is my reloading bench it's an old SUN tune cabinet that had the engine tune up machine/computer from the 70s metal on wheels made a wood top for it. door in the front that locks I can fit 15 ammo cans in it and once I'm done just wheel it in the corner and be done with it. Think I'm gonna post some pix.
    Let us know what reloading tool has really WOWED you. Stuff to enhance the operation we already have. Gonna go git some pix.
     
  2. capreppy

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    My buddy and I went halfsies on a Giraud Trimmmer and an RCBS Chargemaster dispenser. Both have been wow purchases.
     
  3. mtrmn

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    CH4D swaging/priming kit. Fastest swager ever seen. Tough and made in USA. CHEAP--- ~$40 shipped!
     
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    A second primer ram for my CH4D. :)
     
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    Home made primer pocket cleaner

    I take about a 1 inch piece of stranded electrical wire and strip off a quarter inch or so of insulation to make a "brush." I chuck it up in my drill press or Dremel on sllow speed. It does a great job of cleaning the pocket and does not eat up any of the brass. Cheap and disposable, sort of like me.
     
  8. dickttx

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    I kind of agree with bonez. I thought a media separator was kind of silly. But I kept having media all over my bench even after shaking and shaking the strainer, and even picking cases up individually and tapping them. Finally bought a Berry's and it is one of the best $30 I have spent.
    Probably even more useful is my set of crochet hoops I use to corral cases and bullets while loading, and everything else that would roll around on my bench.
     
  9. dsm

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    Benchsource case annealer and a Hoover bullet tipping die.
     
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    I made a trail-boss dipper out of an 8x57 yugo surplus case chopped off at the shoulder and a copper wire soldered to it as a handle. Kept shaving the shoulder until it dipped about 15.5 grains. I use it for both 8x57 and 30-06 loads.
     
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    I would say the Hornaday Cam-lock bullet puller and set of collets. Saved my arm countless hours of disassembling unknown ammo to salvage components or make "Mexican Match" ammo.
     
  12. flashhole

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    The Lee 3-Jaw Chuck.
     
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    1. Dillon 600 super swager. Makes swaging which is a pain go pretty fast.

    The Lee bulge buster. I had lots of .40 brass with Glock bulge. the bulge buster takes it right out. I comes in a round plastic case which you then use to catch the cartridges as they come out the top of the bulge buster.
     
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    I made this primer deflector for my Dillon 550 on the advice from another forum. It's my favorite because it was so fun to make.

    Directions read, "First, empty a beer can...." :D

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  16. HighExpert

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    Roller handle for my 550B. The original knob was a pain when loading 1000-1500 rounds at a sittling.
     
  17. twice barrel

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    Lee auto disc powder measures. Either one.
     
  18. jmorris

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    Toss up between my bullet caster

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    Or the computer controlled 1050.

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    This device save a bunch of time and is a pleasure to use.

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    Going stainless,
    I love the way it cleans brass. Makes it look like brand new.
     
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    I made improvements to the co-ax press jaw shell holder housing.
    1) If a case got stuck in the sizer die, pulling it out bent the housing. I fixed that with a beefier housing.
    2) If the long jaw adjusting screw was adjusted too high, the housing would run into it, and the housing got bent. Fixed that by making the hole bigger for clearance so the screw passes through.
    3) Changing jaws would sometimes be a pain, as the jaw springs flew across the room. Fixed that with springs in a hole, not a trough.
    4) The button head screws took a long time to screw in or out with an Allen wrench. Fixes that with a knurled head screw that screws in with finger and thumb.
    5) The button head screw was hard to line up with the holes in the wear plate, jaws, housing, and guide block casting. Fixed that with a pointy end on the cap head screw.

    What does it all mean?
    Swapping from 223 to 7mmRM jaws on a co-ax press went from a 5 minute pain to 30 seconds [timed] while blindfolded.
    Most guys who hunt Africa and are worth $10M+ just have more than one co-ax press, but there had to be another way for ground squirrel hunters like me.
     
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  22. 918v

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    My favorite is the RCBS Little Dandy powder measure. It throws precise charges all day long and I can charge 25 cases in under a minute. It makes single stage reloading fast!
     
  23. THe Dove

    THe Dove BOOMER SOONER!!!

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    Not intended to be a smart elic answer but my favorite reloading gadget is my RCBS press.

    The Dove
     
  24. Centurian22

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    Tough to say from just getting into reloading but I'd say its between the lee classic turret press and the Lee Ergo Prime hand priming tool. The ergo just inches out the win for me.
     
  25. mtrmn

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    Jmorris you are obviously one talented individual blessed with a fair amount of free time. This is a very sweet setup requiring a lot of forethought and planning. I'm green with envy.:D
     
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