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Thread: What Is Your Best Hand Tool, That Isn't Quite?

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    Boolit Buddy
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    Jun 2017

    Question What Is Your Best Hand Tool, That Isn't Quite?

    What is your tool that isn't actually a true casting and reloading hand tool but is a tool that makes them better, easier, and / or more portable?

    Mine are Lee Speed Dies. Two with included shell holders, scoops, and instructions / load sheet, plus a chamfer and deburring tool, and case mouth flaring tools will fit in the little plastic box in which each comes. That's a two-fer of loadable cartridge to start, but that box is also a small fraction of the displacement of say my Hornady dies' box. LSDs are, as advertised, a faster and easier way to load on a single stage press; which all hand presses of which I know are.
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    Boolit Buddy JoeJames's Avatar
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    Arkansas Delta
    Hornady powder trickler. Not a standard reloading tool, but it certainly makes it easier when the powder from the measure is real close, but not perfect... maybe a 10th of a grain off. One extra thing, the trickler is a bit light; so I put about 4 ounces of #6 shot in the base and covered it over with epoxy. Makes it a lot steadier.

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    Boolit Grand Master

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    Northwest Ohio
    A table mounted lighted magnifying glass. I got one from work and mounted it on my reloading bench. Its handy when I cant quite see details I want to.

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    Boolit Buddy Sig's Avatar
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    Wrong Island
    The light I added to my LNL.
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    Boolit Master
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    Mar 2014
    St. Louis
    Dillon Tool Head Stands. Cant think of a better way to store a fully setup and ready to load toolhead.

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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