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    Forged further ahead and made a percussioncap maker.Click image for larger version. 

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    Quote Originally Posted by Retumbo View Post
    Forged further ahead and made a percussioncap maker.Click image for larger version. 

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    That's excellent! Good job!
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    I attached an empty Chobani yogurt cup to the top in a similar manner to the pill vial. It's wide enough to reach into and pull out a handful of checks, as it fills, to transfer to my storage container. But, it's not so wide as to interfere with punching checks.
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    Great idea.

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    Finding a way to make gas checks has been on my mind lately- excellent work, and thank you for sharing your projects. Much appreciated!

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    Thank you Idz . I made a couple of check makers from your plans , for one of my Nephews .He is just getting started in reloading . They work great , so thank you from both of us . I guess now you have to share the blame for starting him down the road to ruin . LOL . I made several of the " whack a mole " type check makers before this ,but your design is much better .

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    Quote Originally Posted by leadlobber2 View Post
    Thank you Idz . I made a couple of check makers from your plans , for one of my Nephews .He is just getting started in reloading . They work great , so thank you from both of us . I guess now you have to share the blame for starting him down the road to ruin . LOL . I made several of the " whack a mole " type check makers before this ,but your design is much better .
    If you decide you'd like to make a 30 caliber one for me, please let me know as I'd happily buy one!! No access to the tools necessary...unfortunately.
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    First, I would like to thank Idz for making his check maker write-up available on this forum.

    I never thought about making my own gas checks until I saw this thread. I have had problems with leading in my 9mm's and read about those that made their own gas checks out of soda/beer cans that they size onto PB boolits. Since I am a hobby machinist (learning rookie) I thought this would be a fun project.

    I started by making a check maker for 9mm but made a rookie mistake and ended up making one for 45 ACP instead (long story). Anyway, after making the 45 cal. check maker it worked pretty good. The only problem I had was making it work on my RCBS Rockchucker Press. It's difficult to hold the aluminum strips in the correct position while punching out the check. After a little trial and error I was able to create checks just fine but a little slow. Anyway, I was more interested in taking a crack at another 9mm check maker so I reviewed the dimensions of the punch, made some changes, and went back out to the shop and fired up the lathe. I made the threaded portion of the punch longer to make it easier to hold the aluminum strips in the die on my Rockchucker. In addition, I made an extended piece on the top of the punch to hold a Lee cup that's clear red plastic that comes with their boolit sizing dies. Success, I'm punching out 9mm gas checks that fit the bases of my 9mm .358 boolits much easier on my Rockchucker.

    While making the longer die I learned that drill bits wander quite a bit (still a rookie) and ended up making the punch in two pieces. One piece is the threaded body with the extension on top for the Lee catch cup and the other piece is the punch that was machine to lightly press into the threaded section secured by red Loctite. I used a small boring bar on the punch section to get the dimensions and concentricity correct before pressing it into the threaded section.

    Here's a picture of both check makers with the 9mm longer die on the left and the 45 die on the right.
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    Nice, looks like a good idea. I've made a few and found boring the important parts made a better tool.

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    I think you guys need to do more of a production run making a few thousand of every size then send them to me to look over of coarse I would need to use them as needed. Nice work guys more and more I want a new toy so I can join in on the fun.
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    Thanks for sharing the design. I have just finished up this Gas Check Maker in 30 cal and a .312 sizing die.

    I must say the simplicity in the design makes for a easy project for a wet and rainy afternoon.

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    so, why is this not a sticky?
    just so I hafta put it in my favorites?

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    Because it might make "Pat Marlin" cry

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    S.E.G. You will have to make your 30 caliber checks out of thicker material, around .014 thick if you are sizing to .312. Those are nice bottle caps for your first try.!



    Quote Originally Posted by S.E.G View Post
    Thanks for sharing the design. I have just finished up this Gas Check Maker in 30 cal and a .312 sizing die.

    I must say the simplicity in the design makes for a easy project for a wet and rainy afternoon.

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    hey original poster, I don't have a lathe, would you make me one, and how much would you charge? it is for a 9.3 (.366) so they aren't that common so it would be nice, thanks,-Travis
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    I'll be making one soon for myself since no place local Sells reloading supplies.
    Thanks for the original write up and plans.
    I can see making these for all the boolits I cast for that need checks so a labeled small plastic parts container is in order.

    Again thanks for the pd.

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    that looks awesome!

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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
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