Benchrest bullet making

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  1. JDBraddy

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    Am trying to get started swaging my own benchrest bullets, I still need a rotary tumbler to lube jackets, seller I bought the dies and modified presses from recommended RCBS sidewinder, but availability and price are enough to make me look for alternatives.

    Also, need some of the trays I've seen used to set up batches of jackets and cores for core seating, and seated cores for point-up.

    Would also appreciate any advice on lube and process.
     
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  2. liljoe

    liljoe Silver $$ Contributor

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    Look for a Thumbler's tumblers, they are for rock polishing.
    Not sure of anyone making bullet trays. Last set I heard of a friend having made he paid a LOT of money for them. I have been thinking about making some buy haven't got around to it.

    Joe
     
  3. liljoe

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    Do a search on here for a thread titled "another bullet making thread". Lots of good info

    Joe
     
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  4. AlNyhus

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    A Thumbler's Tumbler model A-12R number 130 for lubing jackets and cores worked great for me.
     
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    Get a one gallon stainless milk can from amazon for the tumbling container and gorilla glue a piece of angle stock inside to make sure the jackets actually tumble. That will work well on a Thumbler A12 Glass jars may or may not survive (especially with heavy bullets), and it’s a pain when they don’t.

    Unfortunately, a lot of the stuff you need you may have to make yourself (bullet trays, core cutters, press modifications, etc). Either having some machine tools (lathe, mill) or knowing someone who does will be very helpful).

    Lube is going to be an experiment. No two ways about that. Lanolin is sort of the baseline. Amount varies with the phase of the moon. You’ll want a good scale to measure lube.

    It’s a fun adventure. And an expensive one. Good luck.
     
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    Can you put a link to the SS 1 gal jar you use. Thanks
     
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    https://www.amazon.com/Lindys-Stainless-Steel-Gallon-Silver/dp/B00VGGVQQE/ref=mp_s_a_1_4

    You have to grind the handle off and make sure the lid doesn’t come off, but it works well. Use the clear gorilla glue (the non foaming type to glue a ~6” piece of some kind of angle stock, plastic, etc on one side. Works like a charm. It’s a bit noisy but so is glass.
     
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    Sent you a PM
     
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    Thumblers tumbler is what I’m using, just about any brand will work, or make it yourself. Just do a search on YouTube for diy rotary tumbler. I prefer and use the one gallon glass jar with screw on lid and please use some masking tape on the lid so it doesn’t unscrew while tumbling....don’t ask, just trust me on this one!!! I do epoxy two strips 1/4”x1/4” along the length of the jar to help tumble, some say it’s unnecessary but I haven’t tried it without them.

    For lube, anhydrous lanolin, some use it straight and a lot of folks blend it with different stuff. I’m using a blend of anhydrous lanolin and neets foot oil. If I remember it was 2oz neets to 1pound lanolin and it will probably last me a life time. Like said earlier, the amount of lube is different for each step or process, so you’re going to have to play with it to reach the results you want.

    For trays, get in touch with George Ulrich @geo.ulrich on here, I think he still makes them or he could possibly know of someone who might sell an extra set or something.
     
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    Contact George Ulrich. He has forgotten more than others know on the subject. He makes all the things you will need and can provide you all the advice and items you will need to make winning benchrest bullets. geo.ulrich@yahoo.com
     
  12. liljoe

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    Here is the tumbler I put together. Its not pretty but it works. I agree about putting a little tape on the lids of your jars so they don't unscrew.
    When I asked George about trays, he didn't really sound like he wanted to make any more. 20200102_163451.jpg 20200102_163715.jpg
    Joe
     
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    I made my trays with a small mill/drill. It’s a pain in the ass. A CNC mill would help tremendously.

    You can make do with a drill press and some patience, or maybe look into using a 3D printer for some of the parts.
     
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    I made my trays using a drill press and a template I made. That was several years ago and regardless of how many times I think I would like to have some more, that thought is short lived.
    Making them IS a pain.
     
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  15. liljoe

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    Your retired Steve, make a few sets and sell 'em.

    Joe
     
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    RETIRED!!!
     
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    @arkcomatt will make a run of trays if you got enough orders or enough money to buy his machine time.
     
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    Oh yeah Dusty, I never thought about Matt. I should send him a message about them.

    Joe
     
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    If you pursue this shoot me a pm please sir, I would like some more .30 cal ones.
     

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