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Thread: Freechex - who makes them now?

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    Boolit Master

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    Peace River, Alberta

    Freechex - who makes them now?

    Who manufactures a Freechex type gas check maker.
    I am looking for one in 9.3 mm (0.366" or 0.367")
    I am almost tempted to build on but have no idea of how to cut that thin slot the stock material slides through

    Charles D. does not seem to be around any more.
    Go now and pour yourself a hot one...

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    Boolit Buddy

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    Contact dimaprok, he made me a .30 GC maker and it works dang good.
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    I second Dima. He made me a 6.5 and .270 cal gas check maker. I have a 9mm plain base on order now through him. He does great work custom made for the bullets you send him. He is small scale though. He wont send it out till he is satisfied it works and the gas checks fit correctly. So there maybe a bit of leed time if her gets backed up with orders or life. I dont mind i am patient.

    Pat Marlin is on here as well. He manufacturers alot and may have a bunch on hand. He is more large scale production. I havent had the pleasure of doing buisness with him, but hear nothing but good things of him and his products. He has a website if you want to browse what he has and can make. He will occasionally post overstock and one offs for cheap to us.

    Price points are the same. Take your pick.

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    Boolit Master

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    Thank you for your replies It helps
    Go now and pour yourself a hot one...

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    Boolit Mold
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    Pretty sure Charles is still around ,I was in contact with him a couple of weeks ago via Email.

    Cheers Hahndorf 1874.

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    Westcliffe, CO 81252
    Unique Tek has gas check makers as well now
    8500' Wet Mountain Valley, Colorado

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    Charlie is back making them the last I knew a few months ago. He doesn't post a lot but he is on the forum regularly.
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    Boolit Buddy dimaprok's Avatar
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    Thanks guys for the kind words, I strive for the best but at the moment I not taking anymore orders. I just don't have time to do it. I haven't tried myself Freechex but reading some old posts on the subject I think it makes sense that freechex has advantage in terms of that checks fall out from the bottom and the mass of the arbor press dampens the jolt when aluminum sheet is cut. The con is that you have to buy arbor press which was for me personally was turn off when I was looking around but now when I look at it in the retrospective not only it has other uses but you are not wearing out your press as much either. Me on the other hand after seeing Dragonheart invention I am taking a step farther and automating the whole thing! Soon I'll be swimming in gas checks

    Oh yeah regarding how to make slit. It's most complicated part and I had to buy a mini mill, I bought a 2" slitting saw on ebay (china) it's really cheap around 2-3 dollars and made my own mandrell and luckily my mini mill has DRO so I set zero as it touches and cut .600 pass from .750 body giving me .025 edge overlap and it's plenty, can do even less, I just make my punch / body fit to be as close as possible no more than .001" and that results in very clean cuts. I encourage you try making your own if you have lathe. Another source of slitting saws is harbor freight they have replacement saws 3 for $10 but they are little thinner than I like but still works. First slot I made I used my mini lathe to hold saw and tool holder to hold body. I rigged up metal bar with threaded end that pass through and held with a long nut and advanced cross slide to cut. As I said this was most difficult part if you don't have milling machine. I also considered metal bandsaw , not sure how clean of a cut it would leave, it would have to be clamped, forget doing it free hand, it will come out rough and uneven. It also makes a big difference what metal you use for the body. A crappy mild steel will leave burrs but something like 12L14 or 1044 stressproof will leave a very clean cut. It took me a while to figure out what works and what doesn't.
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    Boolit Buddy
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    22lrreloader.com has started making single stroke gas check dies. Only 4 calibers at this time with more to come.

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    Boolit Master RogerDat's Avatar
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    Pat Marlins has huge assortment of sizes including gas checks for plain base that you can punch out of thin aluminum can stock. Good tool well made. The only negative if you want to call it that is it is a two step process. You cut your disks, then adjust die set up to form the disks into checks as a second operation. Not all that different than two die reloading on a single stage press. Isn't a deal breaker for me. Little more handling but less "work" on each stroke.

    Uniquetek has a single stroke check maker but only a few calibers. They are going to be adding .30 caliber and .45 colt soon. I needed 303, 8mm (.32), and .223 so they don't line up with my needs but may for others. It appears that www.uniquetek.com and 22lrreloader.com are selling the same product.

    These are all reloading press tools not arbor press tools as the Free Chex was.

    Given the OP's need for a specific 9.3mm size I'm thinking Pat Marlin is his best option if dimaprok is not in the business of making them.
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