Looks like Frankford Arsenal wants to be a player...

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  1. Ledd Slinger

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    Been noticing that Frankford Arsenal is making a move on the market. They used to only make low priced reloading gear, but have always offered decent quality for the money. Now it seems like they want be a player in the reloading market with manufacturers of higher quality equipment. They've been coming out with some really nice innovative designs in recent years.

    I own and use the Frankford tools for my high volume varmint reloading. I have the depriming tool, case prep center, and vibratory case tumbler. All excellent quality for the money and zero issues with any of them so I wouldnt hesitate to try their new higher priced gear.

    Gets me excited to see a company wanting to evolve from lower budget gear to higher quality products. Good for them :)

    Here's links to some of the tools I own and few of their new designs. The Coaxial press looks awesome and I like how the electronic powder dispenser has a phone app and bluetooth control capability.

    Smart electronic powder dispenser
    https://www.cabelas.com/product/hom...es-powder-intel-dropper/3082652.uts?slotId=3#!

    Coaxial M-Press
    https://www.cabelas.com/product/hom...ttenfeld-co-axial-press/3072805.uts?slotId=14

    Nice rotary tumbler with shutoff timer
    https://www.cabelas.com/product/hom...series-rotary-tumbler-l/1811194.uts?slotId=10

    Case prep center
    https://www.cabelas.com/product/FRA...S-CASE-PREP-TRIM-STATION/1793986.uts?slotId=3

    Powder funnel kit with drop tube
    https://www.cabelas.com/product/FRANKFORD-ARSENAL-POWDER-FUNNEL-KIT/2198898.uts?slotId=2

    Hand deprimng tool
    https://www.cabelas.com/product/FRANKFORD-ARSENOL-PLATINM-DEPRIME-TOOL/1969774.uts?slotId=0
     
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  2. R.Morehouse

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    My shooting partner uses the case prep center and he is really pleased with it. It seems to be a strong unit......

    Rick
     
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  3. ckaberna

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    I agree, quality tools. They will probably wind up being bought out by some mega company, hornady or RCBS?? and the tools driven to a lower quality, for profit. “corporate raiders “ I call them.
     
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  4. Ledd Slinger

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    I hope not. That would be ashame.

    Market competition keeps prices in check and fuels innovation

    Remington does that to a lot of smaller firearms manufacturers. Buy them out and market the products for themselves and sometimes they just fire everyone and shut the place down to eliminate the competition
     
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    I hope not too, but it happens often. Your Remington example is a great one. I say buy the Frankford stuff while available.
     
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    I use a bunch of older equipment, south bend lathes and a Wells index” milling machine these were built in late 60’s and are as good now as they ever was, or very close. When I used the frankford decapping tool It reminded me of the “old school” mentality with the “metal” parts it will probably outlast my son if he follows my path. Their priming tool is the same way, as I trust the rest of their stuff is too.
     
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    All the FA stuff I have seen has been import. Are they making stuff here now?
     
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  8. Ledd Slinger

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    Not sure on some of the new stuff. I'm sure a lot of it is still made in China. I hope they do start manufacturing here. Maybe Trump can give them a guilt trip ;)
     
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    I have a FA prep center, the trim function quit working after about 1k cases, still spins and all, just takes forever to trim a case. Saw a new/different FA prep center at Midway that had done away with the trim function. I still use my FA prep center for deburr/chamfer but went different directions for trimming.
     
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    I was thinking Frankfort was owned by Midway or Potterfield?
     
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    I replaced the factory cutter with a Redding cutter (if memory serves . . .) after a few hundred cases and I'm very happy with its performance a couple of thousand cases later. Ditch the OEM cutter in favor of a higher-quality one and you're back in business.

    PS. I think their hand priming tool is excellent!
     
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  14. Ledd Slinger

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    Just ordered the hand priming tool to give it a whirl. Thanks for the heads up. I wasn't aware they made one. Looks pretty nice.

    I was actually looking to get the 21st century tool, but the FA comes with all the shell holders and it also has an adjustable depth. Might as well give it a try first. Can always return it if I dont like it.
     
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    I really like the hand-priming tool. Best one under 100 bucks IMHO
     
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    Last I looked it was made in the worker's paradise. Same as virtually all of Caldwell's stuff. Like a lot of the BIG market stores Cabela/Bass Pro. Example, Mercury Outboards. But if it floats, it can sail. Thinking finally after decades of updating and automating a least part of my reloading process.

    Has anyone used the powder dispenser linked above https://www.cabelas.com/product/hom...es-powder-intel-dropper/3082652.uts?slotId=3#
     
  17. V509

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    Both Battenfield and Midway are in Columbia MO, must be where I got the idea
     
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    That one just came out I believe. It looks intriguing but I already have a Chargemaster so I don't see it in my future.
     
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    I would not be surprised if you traced it back and Midway owns Battenfeld
     
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    They did a pretty good job of copying a Forester Co-Ax Press.
     
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