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    Boolit Bub
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    Hull vise?

    Looking to either purchase or build a hull vise. What are you all using?

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    I have a BPI hull clamp and it works fine but so do the homemade wooden V blocks held by a cheap 4" clamp and they don't cost anything but a little time to make. Gp

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    Just a thought - I have found that with a sheet of sandpaper under the base of the hull , I can hold the hull easily with my fingers while roll crimping , but with a little imagination a small piece of wood with the proper sized hole drilled through and a split cut through one side could be used to squeeze a little pressure on the base of the hull .

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    I had a drill press vise and rubber vise jaws already in my shop so I used them and they work great. Not sure it would be worth purchasing the stuff over a hull vise if you don't already have the drill press vise but if you do its an option.

    https://www.amazon.com/Irwin-Tools-D...4-3e7a9c0027d0

    https://www.amazon.com/Yost-UP360-Un...4-3e7a9c0027d0

    The round cut out in the pads fit a 12 gauge hull great.

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    I've looked at the BPI hull vise, but seems a little high on the cost. I did find the same style clamp that they use for $2.00. Thinking of milling some blocks of UHMW for a hull holder and bend a piece of flat 1/8" stainless for a base. I'll report back once project is finished.

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    You might do a search of Petander's posts. he made a very simple plywood clamp. He cut a narrow strip of plywood, drilled a hole to suit the metal head on the hull at one end, slit from the other end (handle end) to the hole. Works like tongs but without a hinge, just squeeze to grip. Simple and effective.

    Longbow

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    I like that one Longbow ! Simple cheap and easy !
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    Some years ago I got the BPI hull vise ,it works for me ,think it did not cost as much as it dose now when I got it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by toallmy View Post
    Just a thought - I have found that with a sheet of sandpaper under the base of the hull , I can hold the hull easily with my fingers while roll crimping , but with a little imagination a small piece of wood with the proper sized hole drilled through and a split cut through one side could be used to squeeze a little pressure on the base of the hull .
    I've done something similar for roll crimping on the drill press. Drill part way through a board and place a rubber washer in it. The rubber gives enough friction to make roll crimping easy.

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    This is what I have been using. I stole the idea from a guy who posted a Youtube Video here. Took approximately 30 minutes to make and works really well.

    A tight 3/4" hole and then saw cut the slots.

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