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    One pass check makers

    Are there any one pass check makers available to purchase anywhere for 30 cal? I can't seem to find any.

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    They don't make them anymore. On facebook there is a guy, Daves mini machine shop. He makes them.

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    Thanks guys

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    I suppose a 1 pass die would be useful for time saving, mine is 2 stage. I make checks as I enjoy reloading in all phases. Turn on the radio, pour some ice tea (not during casting) and I am in the zone. Baseball and boolits, that's my jam.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tomme boy View Post
    They don't make them anymore. On facebook there is a guy, Daves mini machine shop. He makes them.
    Thank you - I sent him a message as I'm looking for .35 cal gas-checks.
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    I hope you have better luck than me. I ordered one nine weeks ago and am still waiting. I was told last week mine was ready to ship but nothing so far.
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    From who - Dave's?
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    Yep, I was told when I ordered it that it would 2 to 4 weeks. Now it is stretched to 9. I inquired at about 6 weeks and was told that they were having a hard time getting material. At 8 weeks I e-mailed and told them to cancel my order and refund my money and was then told my gas check maker was ready to ship. A week later and still nothing. Maybe tomorrow.
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    I got a reply back telling me the price - and asking me to text someone else for more info. That's already getting on my bad side, but fine - I've sent the text.
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    Maybe you will get lucky. I don't like to knock anybody down but I also don't like to be given the run around. If they would just tell the truth I can handle that. I know sometimes things can go haywire.
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    Can anyone attest to the quality of the Matteson check maker?

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    Quote Originally Posted by slide View Post
    Yep, I was told when I ordered it that it would 2 to 4 weeks. Now it is stretched to 9. I inquired at about 6 weeks and was told that they were having a hard time getting material. At 8 weeks I e-mailed and told them to cancel my order and refund my money and was then told my gas check maker was ready to ship. A week later and still nothing. Maybe tomorrow.
    Roo Roo sounds like the same story I'm getting

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    I got one from him and it was wrong size. It took 8 weeks for the first one. He made another one and took 1.5 weeks. I had to give him exact measurements from a Gator check and my bullets. They are coming out the right size but they are getting stuck on the anvil and jamming up the whole die. You can not tell when it jams until it is really is too late.

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    Quote Originally Posted by slide View Post
    Maybe you will get lucky. I don't like to knock anybody down but I also don't like to be given the run around. If they would just tell the truth I can handle that. I know sometimes things can go haywire.
    Sure, I can understand that too. I was told 12 weeks lead-time.

    I also mentioned the whole gas-check crisis to a young machinist friend of mine (who is also a shooter) and sent him Ed Smith's file on making a check-maker - he's going to run them up in CAD and see if it's something he wants to try.
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    Well,after 10 weeks I finally got my check maker. I haven't set it up yet. It is soaking in acetone. There is a lot of crud inside that I hope to get rid of. The only thing I have to test with is a couple of soda cans. I am not going to buy any metal until I see whether it is going to work. I will keep you guys posted.
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    Look around the house and see if you can find something a little thicker. 0.013"-0.145" is what you need to look for. The lid on a pop or beer can might be thick enough. If you can find a flat one. Do you have a old piece of aluminum siding? Maybe check that.

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    I will see what I can find. Like you I ran into the same thing. The gas checks are hanging up in the top part of the maker. I had to take a punch and hammer to get them out. Any suggestions ? Mine is a 22 caliber. I am hoping that it is because I am using the wrong metal.
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    Okay fellas. If you have a gas check maker ordered from this guy or are thinking about ordering one this is my experience. I found some aluminum that measured 0.013". I don't know what the parts on a gas check maker are called but you have a top which screws into the press and a bottom part that goes in like a shell holder. In the bottom part there is a round piece that forms the cup I think The gas checks are supposed to feed out of the top like a lee sizing die. On mine (22 caliber) the checks would hang up and you would have to get a hammer and punch to get them out. On the second piece of aluminum I put through it the round piece in the bottom part came out. I am not very happy about this. I should have stuck to my guns when I e-mailed wanting my money back. I should have known that when you get the run around like some of us have the quality of workmanship is going to be crappy. Another lesson learned. I sent an e-mail telling them about this,we'll see what kind of a reply I get.
    Last edited by slide; 02-03-2021 at 05:58 PM. Reason: more info
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