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    FEP Super Member mmb617's Avatar
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    Default When a car guy gets into reloading.

    I recently branched out into a new hobby, reloading. I find that I really enjoy it but one thing I noticed right away is that the wooden ball on top the handle of my press hurt my hand after a couple hundred pulls. Here's the old handle:





    I tried to take the ball off but I'm not sure how it's attached. I don't see any threads and it doesn't turn with the torque I can supply by hand. It may be glued on and I didn't want to force it and break it, so I thought I'd make a whole new shaft and handle. I had some 1/2" rod stock on hand so I cut that to length and threaded it for this Hurst T handle that also was on hand. It's much better now, but I find myself making vroom-vroom noises while loading.


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    That is fantastic! Great idea!

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    Very Cool!

    You might need to change your screen name to Hot Rod Reloader!
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    Love it.....slick and trick.....

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    Its great when that light bulb (cartoon symbol for idea) light up overhead. The better idea.
    Especially an idea that helps turn work into fun or an easier way to do something.
    Reminds me of slot machine handles. No i do not participate. Am too cheap.
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    Very nice lol!

    I'm just setting up a reloading bench, myself. I have the same press, too. Do you find yourself reaching for the clutch every time you pull it?

    What rounds are you loading? As soon as I finish getting the rest of the equipment and supplies I need (just a few odds and ends), I'll be loading for 25-45 Sharps and 6.8 spc. Eventually, I'll also be loading 30-30, 35 rem, 450 bushmaster, 308 marlin express, and a couple others I'm forgetting. I actually bought the reloading equipment about 10 yrs ago. I'm just now getting around to setting things up.

    Here's my setup so far. I should be working some brass within a couple weeks, if I ever make it back in town. Work has been rough lately.
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    I'm only doing 9mm and .223 right now, and people tell me those are two calibers that you don't save much money reloading, but I enjoy the process and I'm retired so time isn't a problem. I have three 9mm handguns and an AR15 so when my son and I go to the range we burn through a lot of ammo. Even a little saving adds up. I figure I save about 5 cents/round on 9mm and 11 cents/round on .223 so it does eventually add up to something.

    So far I've done 800+ rounds for the pistols and 250 or so for the rifle so using the above figures I've saved about $65. Of course I have $400 invested in equipment but that should last forever and the ROI won't take that long at the rate we're going. It's all gravy after that.

    I also will probably start loading .45 at some point as I've got my eye on an M&P Compact in that caliber. I just need to find the required $400 in my budget.

    Shooting is like the car hobby in that you always have something else on your wish list that you're saving up for.
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    You are definitely correct about that. My first AR was a standard model in .223. I got a little bored with that and started building others in different chamberings. The 25-45 Sharps is my latest. It's a .223 case necked up to a .257 bullet. I figured since I have a lot of spent brass, i may as well load something heavier. I told myself I was finished with the "alternative chambering AR's".. but I've been researching the .277 wolverine.... which is a .223 case with minor trimming and necked up to .277. It never really ends!
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    Well you guys aren't alone, I just got my major equipment set up in such a way I can clamp it into the shops bench vise. Just waiting on my dies and a few odds and ends to come in. Anway the T handle is a good idea, and one I might need to try myself.

    Broncojunkie, have you looked into the 350 Legend, and 224 Valkyrie yet?
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    I've looked into both rounds. In fact, the 2nd 6.8 spc I recently finished started out as a 224 valkyrie. I decided to turn it into another 6.8. Where I live here in the mountains of West Virginia, I really don't have room to stretch its legs. I figured it would get more use as a deer rifle.

    As for the 350, I live just across the river from Ohio. They recently started allowing straight-walled rifle cartridges. Although I don't hunt in Ohio, I would like to some day. But I have 2 rifles in 450 bushmaster that will work, so I decided to skip that one. It does look like a fine round, though. During my research on the 350 Legend, I came across the 300 Ham'r. That's another one I've been considering.
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    Very Nice. I was expecting to see a 5sp leather shifter knob
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