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    Neato Malcolm, ahh Moleman! I have always fancied a 6mm / 223 (we call it the 243Myra, after Myra's gunstore in outback Australia that specialised in lots of quirky conversions).
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    I have created.. and just tried out and it works! an adapter to use the LEE ptx expander spuds in the hornady powder drop. success!!! I want to try it out a bit more before i share the details, but ive just expanded 3 cases with the drop.

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    My modified Mec 600 JR.......

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    And my portable reloading kit,,,,

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    The mount for the lee hand press is stirring my imagination. Thanks for sharing.
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    I wanted my reloading bench at desk height since I have my computer on the left side and use a rolling desk chair, but I wanted my presses mounted higher and at an angle, so I can stand or sit on a stool when reloading, but I didn't like the available press mounts from In-Line and such...

    I'm not bad mouthing them, they seem nice enough and a lot of people like them, I just wanted something a little different, and I like to make my own stuff.

    I already was using a Lee Bench Plate mount, so I welded it to a 2" steel pipe cut to 9" long, threaded in to a pipe flange good and tight, marked the bench where and at the angle I wanted it.

    I wanted it more solid than just being mounted to the 3/4" benchtop might be, so I welded up a mount out of 2"x"2 angle iron and bolted that to the frame of the bench, then bolted the flange through the top to the angle iron mount below.

    Came out solid as a rock, a little over kill even (if thats possible) It works great, and I can swap put my presses in under a minute.

    The only thing I didn't like about the Lee bench mount plate, is the original screws to clamp down the press are 1/4" x 20 phillips head, only about 1/2" long in order to allow the bench plate to be mounted on a flat surface and not have them protrude below. They strip easily, so I drilled the threads out of the holes in the plate, replaced the short phillips screws with longer socket head cap screws, and welded nuts to the bottom of the plate.

    The single stage in the background is also set up on an additional bench mount kit I bought in order to get the extra steel base plate for the press. The whole kit was only $10 more than buying a steel base plate alone, and now I can use the extra bench mount to store whichever press I'm not using





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    Quote Originally Posted by nitroviking View Post
    I wanted my reloading bench at desk height since I have my computer on the left side and use a rolling desk chair, but I wanted my presses mounted higher and at an angle, so I can stand or sit on a stool when reloading, but I didn't like the available press mounts from In-Line and such...

    I'm not bad mouthing them, they seem nice enough and a lot of people like them, I just wanted something a little different, and I like to make my own stuff.

    I already was using a Lee Bench Plate mount, so I welded it to a 2" steel pipe cut to 9" long, threaded in to a pipe flange good and tight, marked the bench where and at the angle I wanted it.

    I wanted it more solid than just being mounted to the 3/4" benchtop might be, so I welded up a mount out of 2"x"2 angle iron and bolted that to the frame of the bench, then bolted the flange through the top to the angle iron mount below.

    Came out solid as a rock, a little over kill even (if thats possible) It works great, and I can swap put my presses in under a minute.

    The only thing I didn't like about the Lee bench mount plate, is the original screws to clamp down the press are 1/4" x 20 phillips head, only about 1/2" long in order to allow the bench plate to be mounted on a flat surface and not have them protrude below. They strip easily, so I drilled the threads out of the holes in the plate, replaced the short phillips screws with longer socket head cap screws, and welded nuts to the bottom of the plate.





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    My variation on the McDonald's straw mod for the RCBS Chargemaster 1500



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    Quote Originally Posted by nitroviking View Post
    I wanted my reloading bench at desk height since I have my computer on the left side and use a rolling desk chair, but I wanted my presses mounted higher and at an angle,
    Ok, the penny just dropped, I thought you meant mounted at an angle from the horizontal and I thought that odd. Eventually I realised that you meant angled towards your seat, haha! I'm a bit slow today. Nice set up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Four Fingers of Death View Post
    Ok, the penny just dropped, I thought you meant mounted at an angle from the horizontal and I thought that odd. Eventually I realised that you meant angled towards your seat, haha! I'm a bit slow today. Nice set up.
    I now realize my post wasn't worded all that well, and I can see where you would get that...

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    My variation on the McDonald's straw mod for the RCBS Chargemaster 1500
    Nice... looks good

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    Quote Originally Posted by nitroviking View Post
    I now realize my post wasn't worded all that well, and I can see where you would get that...
    Well, there are some people who mount presses at an angle tilted forward a few degrees to make it easier to operate while seated in lower height chairs. Your design was apparently to rotate the press a few degrees clockwise so that you wouldn't bust your knuckles against the wall while operating the lever. We all do what is necessary in order to fit the equipment that we *want* to have within the space that we *actually* have. It's like what we used to say with respect to desktop computer systems -- your computer expands to the size of your desk + 10%. Come to think of it, that was probably a bit optimistic. It's more likely the size of your desk + 50%.

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    bullet holding tray for powder coating..
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    Wet tumbler, easily holds 1 gallon of brass. dryer motor and 6" pipe


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    Since I have a few separate toolheads setup for my Dillon BL550 I thought I'd design a way to mount them to the side of the shelves I store some of my reloading gear in. 3D printed.



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    My latest homemade solution - a 3D printed primer catcher with the latest edition of the integrated case ejector

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    That looks great Big Tom, I wish I had access to one of those printers. I appreciate your ingenuity.

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    You can get the inexpensive printers below $200 - if you are interested in making things, designing stuff and messing around with a rather new technology, it is a perfect toy to get.
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    For some time now, I have entertained the idea to jump into cleaning my cartridge brass using the stainless steel pin wet tumbling method. I am retired and on fixed income so I have to watch the pennies as much as I can. Plus I love to tinker building things so recently I decided to build my own tumbler. I looked at multiple homemade tumblers online and came up with a plan for the build, tweaking it to achieve what I felt was a good working design. I fashioned the drum from 6" PVC with a 4" reducer sealed with a clamped rubber cap. The drive and idler axles are 3/8" plated rod with 3/8" air hose applied. The bearings for the axles are UHMW plastic, much like the Thumblers Tumblers use. The frame is built of wood, which was cheap and easy to work with compared to steel. The drive motor is a variable speed 1/2" drill which I purchased for $23 from Harbor Freight. I use a section of 3/8" hose between the drill and the drive axle to help dampen vibrations. The cradle to support the drill uses bolts fastened into the holes built into the drill for the forward handle. To control and adjust rotation speed, I fabricated thumb screw holder from flat steel stock. It works like a charm.



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    Neato Hi Standard!
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    I added this on the loading bench thread but thought it would fit here too. I had a swivel base for my boat and used it to mount a press and powder dispenser. It lets me set facing it as it swivels left and right
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    DIY 6 Paddle Dueling Tree

    Not for ammo production/reloading, but more ammo consumption

    I bought the paddles and pivot tubes off ebay for $70.
    The tree trunk is 1-1/2 x 1/4 angle iron tipped forward 20 degrees.
    The legs are 1" x 1/8 angle iron and the base it 1/4" scrap plate welded together.
    The legs have feet (hidden in the grass) that are adjustable up/down to change the tree trunk angle.
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Abbreviations used in Reloading

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