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Thread: Options other than Pat?

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    Options other than Pat?

    Seems like Pat Marlin cornered the market on gas check makers. I know there used to be FreeChex but I don't see them around now.

    Any other options or is that the only one?

    I'm considering 9mm, .223 and 30cal (for .308win) if that matters.

    Thanks!

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    There's plans available to make your own, which, IMO are far superior to Pat Marlin things.

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    call kim at matteson gas check makers,i have one and love it !!. 239 218 7956 , call her she knows !

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    Sparky, what is it you prefer about those over Pat’s?

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    I have both Darnell's FreeChex II and Pat's, I prefer Darnell's one-step GC makers over having to punch disks then punch GC out of the disks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by green mountain boy View Post
    call kim at matteson gas check makers,i have one and love it !!. 239 218 7956 , call her she knows !
    Google turned up nothing on them. Link?

    Thanks

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    Pat's plain base makers are, I think, unique to him. Nice stuff and worth the wait. I recently got a SharpShooter "One Stroke" maker for regular 44 mag checks and am very happy with that also (Home page link: https://sharpshooter-22lr-reloader.myshopify.com/). Look at the catalog. I don't have a regular check maker from Pat, so I can't compare the two.

    I use a long-ago made cast iron (brutally strong) RCBS Rock Chucker press for making checks and the One Stroke takes a pretty hefty shove on the handle to work with aluminium roof flashing. I wouldn't want to subject an alloy press to that.

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    Yea, Daves mini machine shop on facebook. The first one, a .357 had an issue, they sent me another complete unit right away. Works like a charm !!! I use dead soft .010 copper,
    & soft .014 aluminum. They are single pass units.
    I also have 2 of Pats units on order, I have had his before, well worth the wait.

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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