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Thread: Making that Bullet Collator

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    Making that Bullet Collator

    First of all a hats off to jmorris for his abilities to make something from nothing. Some of the rest of us are probably capable but simply either don't have access to mills and lathes, welders and such or don't have the time. I fall into two of these catagories the time one and the "I don't have the equipment to do so catagory" So, what is one to do? Some of us have the money to plunk it down and simply buy what you want and my hat is off to you. Some like myself like to save money. Ok, Ill say it I'm a cheap SOB. I like to DIY my projects simply for two reasons. 1.) I save money and arrive at something that works well with less spent. 2.) I guess I simply like to play with things when I can make an hour or two somewhere between dinner and bed time.

    In another thread you can read that I have a basic bullet collator kit coming soon. In a short information gathering stint on the internet I found there are several motors that are available when putting a kit together. Two of them I will list and the first is a MrBulletfeeder motor and the second is a JGY-370 motor that is available from places like Amazon or ebray. Note* one MUST select the motor the 370 version with the correct speed. There are other motors available from places like Grangers for example.

    So, armed with a motor, a home made speed control, a 2A wallwart ( I have a bunch of these) power supply along with a printed unit one is ready to sit down and begin to put together a cloned a machine that is possibly a collection of different ideas in order to speed up the quest to make even more ammunition. So, what is next? Well, got to get those bullets from that collator to the collection tube on your presses dropper assembly. Possibilities of that springy tube thing are as I can see to be several. First one could purchase that spring thingy from MrBulletdropper for around $12 plus shipping and have something that will probably mate up with the collator. But what are you going to do if your just cheap like me? Got to looking around the old tool box and discovered a spring thing that I used to slip over refrigeration tubing in order to bend it without collapsing the tubing walls and making a kink. So, will that work? I think it might just work or possibly allow one to use a bit of scrap copper tubing to make most but not all of the delivery tube that will be needed.

    I don't have a Dillon 650 case collator but rather a home made unit so the idea of using it to hold the bullet collator will be out in my case. A stand will have to be fabricated from some steel square tubing in order to mount my bullet collator.

    Pictures to follow when my unit arrives.

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    Looking forward to your future posts building a bullet collator.

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    Mine is suppose to be shipping on monday.
    I am going with the MBF motor and power supply.
    I am going to fab up a drop switch so I can use it on my star setup.
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    Will it work bullet base down reloading and be adaptable to nose down for Star sizing by chance?

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    Yes.


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    That is a great video. It makes you want to get one

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    Btw takes like 17 hrs to print the base from what Tony said


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    I believe he is after the best resolution best finish and tolerances that are possible.

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    Mine was supposed to ship on Monday also but after looking at the production time I think it probably won't be done until late Monday. Anyway, attention to detail is a quality I admire and my hat is off to Tony for doing his absolute best in making a really decent product.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Redwoode View Post
    Will it work bullet base down reloading and be adaptable to nose down for Star sizing by chance?
    That is one reason I pulled the trigger and bought one. Mine will do double duty on my Star and Magma and then on my Dillon 650 press. I'll probably end up with several more of them as time goes on.

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    Carbon fibre was mentioned in the video. Out of curiosity what is the designation for that? I have found ABS and PLA. Just trying to learn about this 3D world.

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    Itís pla with carbon fiber
    From what I read it will wear out your nozzle faster but it is more durable.


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    My MBF motor arrived yesterday. Hopefully the bullet collator will be here soon.

    Got to looking at the motor today and they couldn't even throw in the 4 mounting nuts. Now, a trip to the hardware store before I can use it. Thanks, Mr Bullet Feeder for being so cheap.
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    You will get to play with yours first. I have to go out of town on Thursday


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    Mine probably hasn't been made yet. I go out of town Monday.

    UPDATE !!!!


    GOT A TRACKING NUMBER FROM TONY. He must have worked all weekend to put our orders together. Expecting mine friday. I have a really good feeling about this. I haven't been this excited for a long time. Usually when I order something I have to wait a very long time and I surely can't complain about this time.
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    There is no instructions provided.
    I got mine today and will look at how it goes together.


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    Looking forward to seeing how these come out.

    I'm a cheap SOB too, but it is what it is. The more money i save on one thing, means i can buy more gun related things

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    Received mine last night. I was surprised when I got to see the product. It was really nice looking and it was clearly evident that slowing down the production process increased the quality of the finish. Looking forward to putting it together this weekend if the mother in law duties don't get in the way.

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    Houston, we got a problem
    I bought two units.
    One for my star sizer(nose down) and one for my dillon 650 (base down)

    The nose down unit needed a blocker plug.
    Lucky, I had a 3D printer and the guy sent me the code to print the plug.
    The bigger problem is that the nose down adapter appears to not let the bullet flip from base to nose.
    You can adjust it to drop nose down but if itís base down it will just ride around the plate and eventually you will have a plate full
    Of base down Bullets.
    I will take some pictures tomorrow
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