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1st Picture: To know how much powder you are set for, get this little blue knob from Ebay for $1, put a close the powder bar and put a mark on the top of the dial. As you open it count the turns until you get the correct amount of powder on your scale, then note your turns in your reloading book for next time.
2nd Picture: Get a submersible pump, ($7), from Harbor Freight and tape it to your powder measure to get more consistent throws. It vibrates softly, but just enough and air tight so there is no concern of sparks.
3rd Picture: To light up your press get a 9 bulb LED flashlight from Harbor Fright and put it over the center hole. You dies will hold it in place.
4th Picture: It lights up the shell plate nicely.
Get a Frankfort Arsenal media separator, $22, and 2 - 5 gallon pickel buckets from Fire House Subs for $ 2@. Notch the bucket to let the shaft lay below the top of the bottom bucket. Screw blocks on in 4-5 places on the bottom bucket to align the the top bucket. Make the block in the center, behind the basket, just a little shorter so it will hold the basket top when its open. Dump the contents of your tumbler into the basket, pin it closed, put the other bucket on top, hold it, crank the basket and you are done in less than a minute. Nest and stack for storage.
Reloading 38/357 with one set up for your dies your for Dillon press. For 357 the shim goes on the bottom and for 38 on top. As long as you are using the same bullet this tool head will save you a full caliber set up of $210 and the time to set up the other. This tool head is only sold on Ebay and is also available for 44 Special and 44 Magnum.
LED Light up your press so you can see the cases: Paladin RalphIf your press has a center hole in the tool head, like a Dillon, you can light things up with a $ 2 LED flashlight from Harbor Freight. Simply turn it on and set it over the hole. The surrounding dies will keep it in place and it will light up your brass like day light so you can visually check your powder and watch for any irregularities.
Loading 3/4 oz shot wads with a Lee Load All: Paladin Ralph If you insert the wads all the way down you will end up with concave crimps. After doing this a few times I noticed I could use the primer setting part of the press as a guage to how deep the wad is set. When the wad is at the correct depth, the primer setting base will be depressed between 3/16” and 1/4”.
Over shot cards for crimped shot gun shells from: Tuff WillyGet a 1” hole punch from a hobby store and a roll of adding machine tape. Roll out some paper and fold it until you have 8-10 layers, then punch it. The paper snags if you try to do just one at a time, the folding solves that problem. Then just before you crip your shells push one layer of paper over the shot then crimp your shells. This will help you keep the shot in on your older hulls and it cheaper than buying the commercial ones.
Dillon’s spray DCL case lube From Corwin Padget Fill a gallon zip lock bag about ½ full with brass. Spray 3-4 squirts in the bag, seal it and shake the cases around for about a minute and they are ready to reload. If your session gets interrupted, just seal the bag and the brass is ready for the next time.
Estimate how many rounds you can get from your powder From Tuff Willy There are 7000 grains in a lb, so 9mm @ 5gr would yield 1,400 rounds. 308 @40 would yield 175 rounds.
Polishing Double Barrel Chambers From: Paladin Ralph Start with a brake hone in a drill which is the rough stage, then Use 600 grit wet/dry with oil to clean that up. Then I use steel wool. Final stage is a bore mop treated with the polishing rouge from the Dermal tool set, with oil. I made a leather strop and slit a ½” dowel rod to hold it and then coated the rough side with jewelers or polishing rouge. You don’t have to screw the leather into the dowel, just put it in the middle and the spinning will hold it in place. When you are doing this be sure keep sliding them back and forth. 1 – 3 minutes for each phase.
Drying wet brass, save elect. From: Paladin Ralph After you run your wet brass through the media separator and shake all the excess water out of it, put it in one of those cloth food bags you get from your food store or Walmart. Hang it on a door knob and shake it occasionally and the next day it will be dry and spot free. You can buy 5 gal buckets with water tight lids at Firehouse Subs for $2. They are their empty pickle barrels.
Collecting dust in a Dry Tumbler From: my nephew Bill Hippard Cut up used dryer sheets into 2 inch squares and throw them in with the media and brass, they will collect the dust. Walnut media is good for really dirty brass; corn cob puts a nice shine on the brass. A bit of brass polish in the media will help also.
Wet tumbling brass From: my nephew Bill Hippard Use mix of hot water, dawn soap, and Lemi-shine. When it's done tumbling, I rinse it thoroughly and then pour it into my media separator. After that, I put in on a baking tray in the oven for about an hour at 150 degrees. Comes out shiny and spot free.
Best dry tumbling media I have found From: Paladin Ralph Cracked Corn, from your local feed store. It works faster than walnut or corn cob and gives a nice shine. I bought 20# for $10 and feed half of it to the birds and have plenty left over.
Make a 3/4 oz shot bushing, take your bushings to your hardware store and find a tubing that fits snug inside. Then trim it until you get the desired weight and glue it in place with the short end down. Picture on right is upside down.
Make over shot cards with a 1" punch from Hobby Lobby.
My Rock Chucker has a place next to my 650 for my Lee Quick Trim system, to set hi primers, de-cap and what ever is necessary.
I keep all this in a dust proof closet and clamp my presses to the bench when in use. Under the bench is my dirty brass which I wet tumble when a box gets full and bulk bullets which I buy 1,000+. On the left of my 650 is my brass bin and bullets. On the right side are my ammo Plano boxes, custom labels and Plano can. I have a Re-do box for goof ups.
27 bulb LED light over a hole cut in the bushing tray lights up the tinted powder and shot chambers so you can see when your are getting low. I added a submersible pump to here to for more consistant throws. I am always trying to develop low recoil loads so I mounted my RCBS powder measure here.