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Thread: Lets make a Swage press

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    Boolit Buddy

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    I have a guy who will make the parts for me but I would want to use BT, Sniper dies and CH 4D dies. Can anyone tell me what modifications I need to make to be able to do this?

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    I am deep into the process of machining the parts to build my version of this press. I preface my statement by saying I am a true amateur home shop machinist which would be better described as a tinkerer. This is a heck of a process and I am learning a lot. I haven't been taking pictures but will try to start doing so. Will this be a success? Who knows, time will tell. My congratulations to those who have completed this press and I will say undertaking this process also has given me even more respect to those individuals who make dies and other metal fabrication parts with such precision. Anyway, I hope to post follow ups to my press parts as I continue to move forward. There are slight variations but that's ok as hopefully it works and suits my needs.

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    Looking forward to seeing your press! Have fun with it.

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    I'm still moving forward with my press. I have an older Atlas 10-42 lathe and a cheap Harbor Freight milling machine. I sure hope to find a nice used mill in the future and one will show up sometime but I have been looking for a while. I keep reminding myself to have patience. Anyway, I am jealous of those with a fully stocked machine shop at their disposal as I do not. I am at the point of needing to work on the ram but need a steady ready for support. So I am knee deep in fabricating a steady rest and hopefully will wrap this up shortly. A project like this always seems to require/permit to to work on other parts which advance my learning curve in the shop. It is an enjoyable hobby for me. More to come.

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    This thread has motivated me to build one of these lead smashers. Used a few ideas from Aneat and came up with a few of my own. Together the project turned out great. Thanks for the motivation. This press is set up for Corbin H DiesClick image for larger version. 

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    Nice work! Welcome to the forum.....

    Fred
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    Thanks,
    I have enough material to build another one. Going to change the design somewhat. This first one was extremely difficult to align. The next will be much easier with the changes. Planning on swaging some jacketed boolits for my .510 Whisper.

    Jay

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    Well done Metro and welcome to the thread. I am still making slow progress on mine. I am learning as I go on mine and it seems like I have had to fabricate a number of parts to get where I am now. The good thing is I now have a functional steady rest, which was my latest build to support this project. I hope mine turns out as well as yours.

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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