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Old 01-11-2010, 13:22   #1
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Literally By Hand Reloading

Another poster in GG asked if he should save his 9mm brass just because or for future shortages, cost increase etc.. This for some reason got me to thinking. Do they make truly by hand only reloading equipment? I am guessing they do as it must be the way the old timers used to do it (sorry if I offend any old timers on Glock Talk). I am talking about a tool/plier that punches out the spent primer, a tool/plier that inserts the new primer, a scale or measured pour for the powder and a bullet seater of some sort. I am not talking about money savings of reloading or anything like that. I am talking about just because you want to do this. The same way a fly fisherman might tie his own flies instead of buying perfectly affordable flies from Bass Pro Shop. I am guessing this equipment must be out there and I would think it would be reasonably affordable as it seams like simple tools.
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Old 01-11-2010, 13:32   #2
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Yes:

http://www.midwayusa.com/viewProduct...tNumber=553691
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Old 01-11-2010, 13:44   #3
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Now that is cool as heck. Can't believe they don't throw in the hammer for $22.00. Thanks Landric!
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Old 01-11-2010, 13:59   #4
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I checked out all the very inexpensive accessories other buyers recommended. Now its even more cool. How come more people don't reload like this just for relaxation of the mind and to feel like they've accomplished something? Seems like every shooter should reload a couple hundred rounds a month. Would a small dead blow hammer be the right choice?
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Old 01-11-2010, 14:06   #5
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Back in the not-so 'good ole days' (1800's) guns were sold with reloading equiptment. I would assume it would be something like that, because the 550 was not yet designed.
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Old 01-11-2010, 15:37   #6
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I checked out all the very inexpensive accessories other buyers recommended. Now its even more cool. How come more people don't reload like this just for relaxation of the mind and to feel like they've accomplished something? Seems like every shooter should reload a couple hundred rounds a month. Would a small dead blow hammer be the right choice?
Using cheap tools does not make me feels satisfaction.

This is another option. Save you money on a hammer.

http://www.midwayusa.com/viewProduct...tNumber=410804
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Old 01-11-2010, 15:39   #7
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That is what i originally started loading with. I Lee hand unit for 6.5 x 55 swede, lol.
I remember some of the first rounds i made keyholed at 50 yards, i still got the targets.
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Old 01-11-2010, 15:43   #8
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Thanks again another great tool. That in fact is more what I had in mind to begin with. I knew there had to be some sort of hand plier/press tool to get the job done.
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Old 01-11-2010, 15:52   #9
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Isn't Midway one of the companies that offer a C&R discount as well?
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Old 01-11-2010, 15:58   #10
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Hmmmm....interesting.
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Old 01-11-2010, 16:01   #11
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I saw people reload .22LR by hand without all that fancy stuff when I was a kid in the Southern Philippines. I highly doubt it was safe, but they did it!
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Old 01-11-2010, 16:15   #12
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Isn't Midway one of the companies that offer a C&R discount as well?
Yes but Midway doesn't give a very good discount. It cost $27.99. With the C&R discount it cost $26.99. With the C&R discount at Graf's it cost $23.99.
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Old 01-11-2010, 16:24   #13
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Yup http://www.midwayusa.com/viewProduct...tNumber=410804 and if you wanna be even more portable just throw in a rubber mallet http://www.midwayusa.com/viewProduct...tNumber=553691
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Old 01-11-2010, 16:31   #14
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I still have my Lee Loader for 12 ga. Works just fine. Paid $9.95 complete + S/T except for 10 ga.....that was $2 more! The powder and shot measuring spoons are adjustable. It does not get any easier.
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Old 01-11-2010, 16:31   #15
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I started out in college using a Lee Loader, plastic mallet, RCBS scale, lube pad, and a primer tool.

I loaded .38SPL and .45ACP for 3 years before getting a press.
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Old 01-11-2010, 16:46   #16
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Yes +1

http://www.midwayusa.com/viewproduct...tnumber=891431

Lyman tong tool comes in large and small size. Uses tool specific dies; but works just as well as the Lee loader without all the banging.

It's almost a retro tool. Very popular back in the 50's. Still around because it works well for load development the range or if you don't have much space at home.

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Old 01-11-2010, 18:05   #17
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Just remember that neither the Lyman tong tool/Lee hand tool offer FL resizing. That can make it tough if you're planning on reloading for a variety of guns in the same caliber.
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Old 01-11-2010, 18:12   #18
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Well myself was planning on sticking with 9mm for my G26 and Hi Point Carbine. However I do have a .38 S&W that I haven't even shot yet so maybe some .38 in the future.
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This is what I started with... 45 years ago. Still have 'em, don't use 'em but still have 'em.

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Old 01-11-2010, 18:26   #20
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I still use my W.H. English Pak-Tool for priming the cases I have its dedicated shellholders for. A hand tool but with compound leverage licensed from RCBS. Still just a neck sizer, though.
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