Discussion in 'Reloading' started by Mike Overlay, Dec 16, 2016.
Took me about three weeks of working on and off, whenever I could find the time to work on it.
^^^^One hell of a slick set up there my friend! Very nicely done^^^^
Picked up some brass today at the range, tumbled and resized some 9, 38, 45 ACP, 223 and 300 BO.
Reloaded 50 rounds of 300 BO with some Hornady 150 grn FMJ.
Cleaned guns and decapped brass after returning from the range.
Loaded 250 45 ACP with Xtreme 230 rn and 700X
Loading 50 rounds of 38 and 50 of 357 using Xtreme 125 FP bullets over Unique powder. Getting ready to run the Rossi 357 lever action rifle.
Completely disassembled my Redding #3 powder measure, cleaned and polished with #000 steel wool. Ordered a pistol micrometer chamber from Midway. Hopefully, this will improve consistency of small CFE powder charges.
Loaded 200+ 44m & 38sp. Had completed the “Poor Man’s ERGO” upgrade for my RCBS Jr II press. Press is probably 45 - 50 years old. Friend of mine and fellow poster saw a Rock Chucker with the ERGO (Inline Fabrication) handle and made one out of spare parts. He decided it was a bit “overkill” for some operations as he only loads pistol. He then found a ball and fabed up an alternative which he switches as needed.
I looked at the ERGO handle for the Jr. Some of the reviews had said it was overkill and they choked up or held it by the shaft and not the ball for some steps.
Bottom Line. I made an adapter (4” sleeve) with a 2” Bakelite ball for mine. I ordered a bunch of different balls and the concept has evolved as most mods or redesigns do, My handle is slightly longer...maybe 2”. That would be good if you were forming brass or running bottle neck cartridges. The Jr. is OK for that, but the 2” would help here. I necked down a LOT of 30-06 brass to .270W many years ago on this press. Have now loaded almost 500 rounds and love the ball.
I have since figured out HOW to adapt one using the extra 2” balls to the existing handle. I may try that. I have also ordered a 7/8” plastic “bicycle handle bar” grip to go on mine. I find that half the time I just put my hand around the grip.
I have also got some extra balls for 1/2” shafts....that might be used on other presses.
IF anyone is interested in upgrading their press (Jr. or one with a 5/8” or 1/2” shaft), I will make a custom one and ship it for my material cost. The single ball can be attached via a recessed Allen screw....and if you don’t care to make it removable....a dab of Gorilla glue will permanently affix it. My sleeve is overkill as I have TWO Allen screws in it. If someone wants my sleeved ball, I might part with it and stay with. Single ball. You can ALSO use the existing grip handle with the single, non sleeved ball.
BTW....my original intent was ALSO to add a counter weight to the toggle arm so that the ram would stay DOWN. This would be an aid when seating bullets or swapping cases. Worked GREAT....until I added the weight of the sleeve.
If you want a picture of the counter weight and a $1.25 fix (you provide the flat stock for the weight), I will describe off line. The attaching bolt for $1.25 from Ace or Lowes is all you need.
Really cool setup. I don’t have any shoulder or arthritis issues, but if some do, this might be a God send.
@TomGCherry you have given me the idea the add a counter weight to the toggle on the handle. Also like the handle hook to keep the ram in the down position.
I picked up a Jr 2 press that was 50 years old. No one will ever wear out those cast iron presses.
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If you have the handle in the same configuration (you can reverse the toggle so that the handle points up at an angle or straight down) as mine with the handle pointing up when the ram is down....the do this.
Get a 3/4 or 1” or maybe 1.25” 1/2 x 20 bolt. Use a piece of 3/4 flat stock....say 5” long. Drill a 1/2” hole in one end of the flat stock. You will see there is a threaded hole on the bottom of the toggle. You can play around with weights. I used a piece of 1/2 stock. Approximately 3” x 4”. I used two 1/8 pop rivets and attached it to the other (opposite the drilled hole) end of the strap. You have to have the press mounted away from the edge of the bench or elevated or cantilevered out. Mine is on a piece of 2 x 6 OLD HARD Oak). That elevates it nicely and then the counter weight will clear the edge of the bench. I THINK that with the steel, that a single Bakelite ball will work and the handle will be kept in the UP position or the Ram down.
NOW you know....good luck. Next you need one of my customized balls....as that is the NUTS!
@TomGCherry so basically you took another forum members elegant and simple ideas and made them more complicated? Just kidding....great job. I know you're going to be happy with the results. Now...about that hook!!! Lol
Now now. Never mentioned a hook. The Ergo handle was, to the best of my recollection, never discussed here
Had it not been for a friend’s propensity to duplicate rather than purchase a tried and proven design, would not have pursued this
The friend is sometimes unconventional and stubborn. He can afford nice things, but gets satisfaction from creating his own. We get along
Loaded up 500 blues from @Butter while I was waiting on some clothes to dry, lol. Rolling up to PHA Sunday to blow through most of those.
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Good day in reloading room. Loaded up some more 405 winchester and some more test loads for the 45 60. Decapped and cleaned all my brass.
Loaded 50 rounds of 300 BO. All with Hornady 150 FMJ and 25 with Shooter World Black and 25 with CFEBLK. Then 60 rounds of 308 with Hornady 150 FMJ over 43.1 gns of Shooters World Precision Rifle.
I broke one of my Lee Drum powder measurers. Not exactly sure how but managed to sear off one of the bottom lugs which resulted in launch drum full o HP38 into the air onto the reloading table. Needless to say I did not load much ammo today.
I've noticed there is a LOT of spring tension in those measures. Never thought about the possibility of your situation.
Finished the handle, now have a very comfortable bicycle/lawnmower handle grip over the sleeve and the ball is on the end. I am very pleased.
Also received the RCBS Uniflow small drum and installed it. Family vacation starts tomorrow....so will test everything late next week.
Yeah I spoke with them and they stated that it can happen if you have screwed down the powder drum to tight to the riser. The ram is slightly hitting the drum and over time it will shear. They said send it back in and they will fix/replace it.
Tested out my new Lyman Brass Smith case trimmer. Once I got the technique down, trimming some 308 cases went really fast. Came with the adapters for most common calibers.
I also modified a new Para P14 mag so that it would work in my SAR K2.
I was looking at that, I need that for straight wall cases. Maybe they will come out with a straight wall case trimmer like that.
That type of trimmer spaces off the shoulder, so straight-wall brass will never work with it. I will use my Lee trimmer setup for straight-wall brass.
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