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    Lead core cutter setup?

    All of this talk about cutting cores got me wondering how you all have your lead cutters setup? I have been getting really itchy to make some projectiles but trying to get into a house and having an emergency appendectomy is really getting me behind in doing this. Perhaps a couple of photos of how yours are setup? I sure could use some ideas.
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    I use Dave Corbin's PCS-2. Go to Dave's home page and type in "core cutter". He gives a good description of how his cutter works. All other core cutters I have seen work the same way. Dave sells cutter bushings for about $20 ea but I make my own. I cut approximately 1in lengths of 7/8 drill rod and bore a hole a little bigger than the wire I want to cut and chamfer both sides. Then I cut the piece in half and clean up the cut ends. I now have two bushings that when sliding past each other cut the wire as cleanly as you need. I hang my reels or wire from a 5/8 rod in the floor joists of my basement right above my cutter so I can just pull wire down and cut the cores I need.

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    Joe:
    I have an extra Corbins core cutter.
    I will put what ever size of bushings in it that you want.
    Want to buy it?
    Call me.

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    RCE's cutter is set up to do most standard size wire with one blade and multiple offices.
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    I built my own from some steel and angle iron it is simple and works well .
    When I think back on all the **** I learned in high school it's a wonder I can think at all ! And then my lack of education hasn't hurt me none I can read the writing on the wall.

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    ^^^ you have a pic? a core cutter is on my to do list

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    Lead core cutter setup?

    While I do appreciate the offer Lafaun I already have a core cutter. I am asking for some pictures or words (thank you Midnight) of how yours are setup? Was not trying to start a thread debating what one everyone has. Just ideas to help newbies how to set theirs up and what some find that saves them time?

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    Joe: I'll try to take a few pics of my core cutting area and how it is set up. Maybe you can look at it and modify it to suit your physical layout and personal tastes. I'll post them here. I'm feeling really lazy right now. Got to watch the Nascar race now & then go fishing tomorrow morning. Bluegills should begin spawning soon. Got to be there when they do.

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    here is one i found in the archives... this is a clever and simple design setup for sizing lead wire:




    question: how can this be adapted for trimming a cast boolit (cutting off the ogive of a semi wad cutter, for example)? i got some ideas, but nothing jumps out at me so far and gets me to the ah ha moment...

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    Here are a few pics of the Corbin PSC-2 core cutter and the dies. Also a pic of wire reels hanging from the floor joists. I staple a card identifying the size and composition of the wire to the floor/ceiling above the reel. Operation is quite simple. Wire is inserted through both dies letting the end rest on the adjustable stop below the dies (it's just a bolt). Move the handle 90 to the left and the wire shears at the junction of the two die halves and falls into the bin below. The closer the fit of the wire in the die (within reason) the more reproduceable your results.

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    I have room for more wire sizes i plan on a 42 caliber wire cutter later for 44 & 45 bullets.
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    ff that looks awesome... do you do anything special to the holes are just drill them out and start cutting?

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    THis lead is quite soft.

    When I made a similar one, I drilled the holes, and than removed the burrs, and just started chopping wire.


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    ff that looks awesome... do you do anything special to the holes are just drill them out and start cutting?


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    I was informed that the core cutter I use was tack welded together during the hole drilling process to ensure alignment and fit. It's based on a Corbin PSC type cutter but is much heavier than the PSC-1 that I received later. It also cuts a lot more accurately.

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    ^^^ if it is not too much bother what is the thickness, width, and length of the two bars? i really like that design and i would like to redneck one together...

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    I made one like the Ammosmith, search or google "ammosmith core cutter" . Wire cutters with a post and flat washer. cheap, fast and accurate enough for me as the difference on weight is bled off in the core swage die.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DukeInMaine View Post
    THis lead is quite soft.

    When I made a similar one, I drilled the holes, and than removed the burrs, and just started chopping wire.
    thanks Duke!

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    Cane man just as Duke said simple drill though then the other side was drilled for bolt with nut on each side of other metal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cane_man View Post
    ^^^ if it is not too much bother what is the thickness, width, and length of the two bars? i really like that design and i would like to redneck one together...
    The material measured at 1.24"x0.300", so I'm guessing its 11/4"x 5/16" flat if there is such a beast? The handle was 350mm/13.75" long and the fixed arm was 190mm/7.5" long.

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    ^^^ thank you sir, that helps a bunch...

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