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    December 2017, Contest topic: Reloading Equipment

    December 2017
    Reloading Equipment
    Presses,dies,scales. Ect.




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    OK, I'll bite. One doesn't need to spend lots of money to get started reloading. Using a Lee Hand Press, a set of Lee dies, some cases, bullets, primers and propellant, one can reload fairly economically. Granted it isn't fast, but one can take their time and do quite well though. This pic shows a batch of .223 Rem reloads using the tools. I have taken this stuff to the range before and loaded up a few rounds at a time right then and there to test loads with. I used a powder weighing scale instead of a dipper. But not all gun ranges will let you do it though.
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    My little tank. Herters 234 turret next to the rock chucker. Has the primer feed and all. Haven't got it mounted yet but working on it. Need to do some major rearranging. Might have to add some more bench. Excuse the mess as I've been going trough some stuff trying to thin down a bit.



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    I manage to get everything needed to load rounds on this tiny bench in my basement. Built it for the cold months and I much prefer the 8' bench in the garage.


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    Time to work!


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    My 550 with new UFO leds installed. Where were these 10 years ago!


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    Here's shot of part of "Santa's workshop". (that's what I've called it for years) Click image for larger version. 

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    Great looking shop DangerousDave. Nice title for the room too. How thick is the foam insulation in the room?

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    I have to say that you guys all have some great looking workshops. Maybe one day I will too. Who knows.

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    There's a RockChucker and a dedicated de-capping press on the other side of the work table that is blocked by the center independent pole shelf for the touchy scales, bench vibration doesn't transfer to the center shelf. It turns to face any of the presses

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    This is just to the right side of the above area...all about 'makin boolits'!


    The Green Machine and the case primer share their own work table...prime on one side & make .38 wadcutters on the other...ran out of room on the main table.

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    Nice setup OS OK.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Earlwb View Post
    OK, I'll bite. One doesn't need to spend lots of money to get started reloading. Using a Lee Hand Press, a set of Lee dies, some cases, bullets, primers and propellant, one can reload fairly economically. Granted it isn't fast, but one can take their time and do quite well though. This pic shows a batch of .223 Rem reloads using the tools. I have taken this stuff to the range before and loaded up a few rounds at a time right then and there to test loads with. I used a powder weighing scale instead of a dipper. But not all gun ranges will let you do it though.
    That's my rig! I just sit at the dining table and load boolits... I think I might end up getting a solid single stage at some point but I don't see a lot of use in an indexing press. The step that takes the most time for me when loading is weighing my charge. That's not going to change if I have an indexing press - I'm still going to weigh each charge to make sure it is actually the charge I want to shoot.

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    Here's my setup. Stars in .357, .45. 44 Mag, .223, and one Rifle Star. RCBS A2, A3, and A4. Dillon 1050 in .500 Mag. Willis Tool Man-O-War 8 station .50 BMG. Hollywood Universal. Not visible at extreme right: OWS Rock Crusher (Now made by CH/4D)

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    ^ . . . . M, R solid looking benches!
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    Quote Originally Posted by John Ross View Post
    Here's my setup. Stars in .357, .45. 44 Mag, .223, and one Rifle Star. RCBS A2, A3, and A4. Dillon 1050 in .500 Mag. Willis Tool Man-O-War 8 station .50 BMG. Hollywood Universal.

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    What type of press is this with the red arrow pointing to it? Great setup!!!
    Looking for Ideal molds 419181 (44 Evans Long) and 375167 (38-72)
    "Joined Dates" are deceiving if you factor-in "lurk" dates.

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    Thanks MOA.
    The roof has about 5" to 6", the walls about 4". That's just one of 5 benches in there. The room is about 16' x 30' with a vaulted ceiling. Biggest and best version of Santa's workshop yet. Funny how it's already too small.......

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    Quote Originally Posted by DangerousDave View Post
    Thanks MOA.
    The roof has about 5" to 6", the walls about 4". That's just one of 5 benches in there. The room is about 16' x 30' with a vaulted ceiling. Biggest and best version of Santa's workshop yet. Funny how it's already too small.......

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    Quote Originally Posted by maxreloader View Post
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    What type of press is this with the red arrow pointing to it? Great setup!!!
    That's Man-O-War, an 8-station Star-type tool for .50 BMG built by Jon Powers in Michigan for me circa 1985. Jon built one for himself first, then Kent Lomont talked him into building a second one, then I talked Jon into building a third one for me.

    Kent had a fire in his shop in Indiana and the tool was damaged. I think Jon rebuilt it but I'm not sure. I heard Jon's personal press was stolen some years ago. Mine is the only surviving undamaged one with known whereabouts.

    Jon is a machining and designing genius, IMO. He designed and built a half-dozen or so Powers Magmatics, a gas-operated semiauto .44 Magnum that was a thing of beauty. He patented the gas system and either sold or licensed the patent to IMI, who then came out with the clunky (and wrong grip angle) Desert Eagle.

    FUN FACT: Jon tried to test one of his pistols to destruction, and was unable to do so using available components. He'd melted case heads and had to scrape brass out of the bolt face, but the gun always held together with no measurable dimensional changes.

    Jon called me one day to tell me he'd finally succeeded. "What was the load?" I asked.

    "A 265 grain Hornady JSP over 22 grains of ditching dynamite."

    JR

    Edited to add: HERE'S another thread from a few years ago with more info on the Magmatic and Desert Eagle.
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    Thank you John for the info... I feel better knowing that I hadn't seen one ever and also that it has a great home! I tried to dig info on it before asking and came up empty. A Star setup for 50 BMG is sorta like a Playboy centerfold to me!
    Looking for Ideal molds 419181 (44 Evans Long) and 375167 (38-72)
    "Joined Dates" are deceiving if you factor-in "lurk" dates.

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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