Lead bullet feeder mods for press?

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Lead bullet feeder mods for press?

Post by willnewton on Wed Oct 05, 2016 8:38 am

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bJro27cx0yA&list=TLmsuQbCpghKs

This video shows mods to get a Hornady bullet feeder die work with lead bullets. It basically involves boring/dremeling out the collets to allow for the larger diameter.

Has anyone else done this or have a feeder adapted to work?

I use a Lee turret press and have removed my sizing/decapping die to a separate press, since I do that operation first before cleaning. The order on the turret is expand/powder, bullet feeder, seater, final crimp.

The bullet feeder just has a 2-3" long plastic tube on the end so I can drop bullets into it mindlessly as I pump the handle. It is MUCH faster than hand placing bullets, but just works with JHP.

I have ordered a new Hornady die to try and modify it for lead, but wondering anyone else has a SWC system working? It doesn't have to be a Lee, that's just what I have.

If you haven't seen one before, I also have this ejector system installed, saving another step. http://inlinefabrication.com/products/case-ejector-for-the-lee-classic-turret-reverse-rotation

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Re: Lead bullet feeder mods for press?

Post by willnewton on Wed Oct 05, 2016 4:28 pm

I received my Hornady bullet die today. I have a four-jaw chuck for my woodworking lathe, so I chucked up the bottom collet and used a spinning grinding/polishing wheel to remove the approximately 0.001" it takes to get the bullet to drop cleanly.

I used a Dremel with a small grinding cylinder to work on the inside, then followed up with a polishing bit.  I worked in from both sides, with the tool depth set so that you could not insert it past the interior lip.  Move it grind/hone the interior with some gentle pressure  for 10-20 seconds, checked the fit of the Zero 185gr LSWC , and did it again.  The second time seems to have done it.

I did not touch the second collet.

So far, LSWC bullets are dropping fine. Time will tell if the bullet lube builds up, etc. or if it needs further adjustment.  I just finished and tested it briefly, but have not done a run of ammo through it.

There is some potential there anyway.

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Re: Lead bullet feeder mods for press?

Post by Sc0 on Wed Oct 05, 2016 5:44 pm

Am using the DAA Mini Mr Bulletfeeder mechanism on a XL650, works good on lead or anything bullets.  No modifications required.

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Re: Lead bullet feeder mods for press?

Post by Jwhelan939 on Wed Oct 05, 2016 8:24 pm

I had problems with the Hornady mod for cast lead (I had slightly better luck with staged lead). It wouldn't drop any bullets one round, than it would drop 3 the next. I know many people get it to work, I wasn't one of them. 

Sc0, you have zero issues with the mini Mr bulletfeeder?  I might have to look into one. Seems pricey for what it is, but if it works....

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