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    Today, 12:34 AM
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eETZb0W6Ha0 i use one for both brass and for bullet polishing.. you just have to put some baffles in the drum or the brass will not tumble.
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    02-13-2018, 02:21 AM
    done thought about that but there isn't enough room.. the spring loaded thing would stick up in the path of the copper strip and i couldn't get it in the die unless i pushed the spring down every time i wanted to slide the strip... there is two...
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    02-12-2018, 08:13 PM
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TjLtS_4EWYc this is the finished blank punch and die for the RCBS RockChucker model of reloading press.. i still got to do a few little tweaks to it so it is easier to remove the punchings, other than that it works...
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    02-10-2018, 02:50 AM
    100-1000 is doable for someone with a manual press if they got the drawing dies, it would just take a while. as for 10,000 or more, there is not many people who has the equipment to do that large a run.. for that amount it would take automatic...
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    02-09-2018, 09:16 PM
    hehehe. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P1xzwiPKpQU well this die and punch are now complete.. just got the punch and guide/blank holder spring loaded a few minutes ago.. i was going to make it externally spring loaded but decided to go with...
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    02-09-2018, 03:35 PM
    half asleep and i see that. im like, what? but you have to remember that the press is most likely cast iron and you don't want to over stress it too much. the press itself would probable be fine, the link where the handle plugs in is thin though...
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    02-07-2018, 10:37 PM
    Clodhopper, im using grade 8 bolt material.. elk hunter, that is why i am designing it to draw at the last inch of the ram travel. i can just about draw the first draw right now using just my thumb and am working to improve upon even that.. ...
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    02-06-2018, 10:01 PM
    this is the first draw die im making for the RCBS Rock Chucker model presses to draw bullet jackets. im just showing what im planning to do. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JfHyQkOxuOM but as you can see the holder for the jacket blank has 2...
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    02-05-2018, 10:26 PM
    batch annealing some steel for dies. this will be the steel i use to make the blank punching, drawing, and trimming dies for the RCBS press i just put together... around 40lbs worth of large 1-1/2in grade 8 bolts, a couple 1-1/4in grade 8 bolts, and...
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    02-04-2018, 08:35 PM
    kewl.... that worked better than i had hoped.. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mNICPO-ECGI this is a mock up and test of the RCBS RCII press i have to see if drawing jackets is possible..the die shown is the one off of my drawing press.....
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    02-03-2018, 02:14 AM
    yep, it was dead.. had almost 1/32in deep pits rusted in the original ram and the piece that held the shell holder was ate off... i actually had to drive the 7mm mag shell holder out of the ram with a small hammer and punch because it was so rusted...
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    02-02-2018, 08:12 PM
    well i finally got around to finishing the ram for my press. i set it sort of like the Lee style with the hole in the side of the ram because i cannot stand that crappy priming system that Lyman and RCBS uses that totally gets in the way. ill use...
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    02-01-2018, 09:55 PM
    b4 you start hacking on the thing. does the barrel bottom out on the face of the receiver or does it bottom out inside the action. i have seen them both ways. if it bottoms out inside the action then hacksaw will get you nowhere. but you need...
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    01-30-2018, 09:55 PM
    i use a bipod for the front and a sand sock for the butt of the rifle to rest on.. for elevation just squeeze or relax the hand on the sock and that is about as steady as i have ever needed.
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    01-29-2018, 05:51 AM
    well for drawing jackets on a standard reloading press there is really not enough room through the die threads for the larger calibers like .308.. the jacket blank itself for a 150gr .308 jacket is over 1in in diameter... if you got the RCBS Rock...
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    01-28-2018, 08:32 PM
    pulled this out of a scrap pile the other day. older model RCBS Rock Chucker RCII.. thing was rusted up tight as a drum when i got it and the top of the ram where the shell holder goes was rusted off and the 7mm rem mag die set that was in it was so...
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    01-25-2018, 06:15 AM
    i did all my drawing dies on an old 1940s Van Norman mill... used truck spring to make my dies for drawing and grade 8 bolt for the punches. got all the material from scrap dealer. im using a converted tabletop punch press to do the drawing so...
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    01-25-2018, 12:53 AM
    the cheapest i know of if you have the drawing dies is salvaged sheet copper. i buy my copper sheet from scrap dealer for 2$-3$ a pound..
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    01-24-2018, 08:06 PM
    if ya was talking to me, i made my dies.. if you could get it to work i suppose any swaging setup could make them.. the jackets are almost pure copper sheet, 0.020in-0.025in thick copper flashing drawn to cups. they are annealed so very soft. the...
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    01-24-2018, 07:53 PM
    that is 0.044in difference.. i have actually bumped up .308 jackets to .323 a few times. i used a special punch i made to expand the jacket the little extra and seated the core like normal. it is a pain but doable, provided the jacket is...
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    01-24-2018, 12:56 AM
    i did improve it. i made hollow point hunting bullets that would actually mushroom, unlike the **** you get commercially that slightly deforms or punches all the way through like an ice pick..
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    01-24-2018, 12:53 AM
    Mauser 98K replied to a thread De-activating Primers in Swaging
    on the other hand. this makes for a great training opportunity.. just get a piece of paraffin wax and make a sheet that is about 1/2in thick and just press the case in the wax and make wax bullets. great for in the basement plinking.
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    01-24-2018, 12:40 AM
    Mauser 98K replied to a thread De-activating Primers in Swaging
    i got a special die setup to deprime cases. it is just a regular sizer/decapper die with a hole drilled in it that faces away from me when depriming, that way if one pops the gasses are vented toward the rear instead of being bottled up in the die...
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BP Bronze Point IMR Improved Military Rifle PTD Pointed
BR Bench Rest M Magnum RN Round Nose
BT Boat Tail PL Power-Lokt SP Soft Point
C Compressed Charge PR Primer SPCL Soft Point "Core-Lokt"
HP Hollow Point PSPCL Pointed Soft Point "Core Lokt" C.O.L. Cartridge Overall Length
PSP Pointed Soft Point Spz Spitzer Point SBT Spitzer Boat Tail
LRN Lead Round Nose LWC Lead Wad Cutter LSWC Lead Semi Wad Cutter
GC Gas Check