Benchrest bullet making

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  1. Dusty Stevens

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    Do you have one to copy? It wont be a problem to get it done
     
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    I could spare one for a bit.
     
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  3. liljoe

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    I don't have any Dusty. I have an article somewhere that shows plans to make them. I was told they could be made from aluminum but not positive about that. The pictures of the ones I saw were made from some sort of plastic, maybe a type of HDPE would be ok.

    Joe
     
  4. Dusty Stevens

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    Ive seen clear plexiglass ones
     
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    I’m good to go on the pass through plates, I need some more of the loading plates. Mine are .375” thick HDPE, 5.5”x10.5”. I don’t have a clue if those dimensions are universal or is each maker do their own sizes? The set I have is the only set I’ve owned, the system is pretty fool proof. If we can find someone willing to make some without breaking the bank would be great!
     
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    Matt has been summoned
     
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    this should be interesting I can't wait to hear the price.....lmao
     
  8. redrockranger

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    Tumbler. Harbor Freight.
     
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    Way back when (about 1992/3), I had an uncle make me a bunch of thirty Cal. "drop tray" sets. They are ideally spaced for 1.080" long .30 Cal. jackets - he used some sort of very break resistant plastic (I do not recall - plexiglass?). He made them on a NC mill . . . he bitched about the "chip" volume for years!o_O :eek:

    That said, I kept a bunch for myself, and sold the other sets (as I recall, $200 for core & jackets drop, and 5 receivers/trays, so he could break even on time and materials) . . . oh, if you intend to make a variety of weight/lengths, for speed and minimizing frustration, the hole-spacing is critical - making LONG thirty Cal. 6.5, and 7mm bullets - in my existing trays - presents large PINTA factor . . . it's back to [mostly] hand dropping individual jackets and cores, and a fair %age of shorter jackets will get "knocked-in" upside down!:eek:;)

    Presuming good equipment, some mechanical aptitude, uncommon sense, and a supply of quality jackets, the making of BR quality bullets is pretty simple and straight forward.o_O;) To quote [the late] Ferris Pendell: "the best bullet spinner is a good barrel" . . . make 'em & shoot 'em!:)RG

    P.S. For dies, get in touch with George Ulrich, or, David Detsch.
    OH, and the Thumbler's Tumblers are GREAT - got one that's been used almost DAILY, for 25+ years.
     
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    Randy, If they are so easy to make, how come mine shot like Mexican jumping beans. I'd rather buy good ones.
     
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    George, Kinda like the guys that want to "borrow" my prints for our rest top.
     
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    yes sir the original thoughts are not common anymore...Happy New Year
     
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    Russell has posted a set of trays in the classifieds. Better jump on it!
     
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    Check For sale items Here. $200 for a set of bullet trays is a bargain!
     
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    Wow I can't believe this thread went downhill like this. I guess were just to dumb to think for ourselves.
    Joe Hynes
     
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  17. JDBraddy

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    I replied and agreed to buy them, should make things much quicker and more efficient.
     
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    Since I no longer make bullets, my Thumbler's Tumbler is available. -Al
     
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    My trays for long (1.4”) .30s are made out of delrin. The “cones” on the top layer are drilled with a large radial center drill. 3/4” if I recall. Very precisely. One. At. A. Time. One of three layers that have to line up almost perfectly. It’s painful. The materials are expensive. (Price our some 3/4”- 1” delrin plate). Metal is totally unnecessary and something brittle like plexiglas would be a pain.

    Under no circumstances will I make any more of these than I absolutely have to. Not without a cnc mill. Life is too short.

    They also don’t work very well. The spacing is as good as I could get it and you still have to help the the jackets a little. Cores go In fairly easy. Still a thousand times faster than doing a them one by one, but I don’t know how you’d make them any better. I’m sure they’d work a little better with shorter jackets.
     
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    Man I am so thankful that I decided against making my own bullets awhile back...
     

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