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Throw the Lee collator in the trash and get the one on Ebay..
I just swaged 3gal of NATO brass for 300bo conversion
in an hour and was having to manually feed the tubes before
with the Lee collator..

https://www.ebay.com/itm/New-Design-...s/324331921262
I just ordered that to go on the 4-tube case feeder. I won't have the time to truly fiddle with the Lee APP until this weekend. If even then.
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Throw the Lee collator in the trash and get the one on Ebay..
I just swaged 3gal of NATO brass for 300bo conversion
in an hour and was having to manually feed the tubes before
with the Lee collator..

https://www.ebay.com/itm/New-Design-...s/324331921262
Thanks.

I was thinking about getting one of those.
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My little basement reloading corner. Photo taken last night, just before I began dismantling it. Going to rebuild. I think the basic plan is good and its a workable bench. I like the basic set up, for multiple tasks.
I'm, going to remove the rougher scabbed in wood, replace it with hardwood, strengthen the legs and add some Rockler casters, work on some shelves.
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Lookin' good! Some wall pegboard might be handy. Maybe some stuff from Inline Fabrication would make the wall space more usable.
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Today I finally finished tumbling the bucket of mil 9mm brass I'd acquired years ago. I've had my tumbler running almost non-stop for several days, and I swapped out my corn-cob mix for plain walnut a couple of days back. I really need to get some more corn cob - I vastly prefer it to walnut. Or, possibly invest in the small FA wet tumbler? Dunno - I've never been the guy who thinks I need shiny primer pockets and dry tumbling has always more or less gotten it done, but that military brass just does not want to shine. It's clean, but it still holds kind of a burnt color to the brass, and I wonder if a wet tumbler could get it that extra little bit.

So the next thing will be finding some time to fiddle with the Lee APP. I've got a universal decapping die, the primer swage kit, the 4-tube case feeder, and ebay collator coming, so I can't do much until I get all of that together, but I'm looking forward to seeing how quickly it will process that bucket of brass.

And the search for primers continues....
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Today I finally finished tumbling the bucket of mil 9mm brass I'd acquired years ago. I've had my tumbler running almost non-stop for several days, and I swapped out my corn-cob mix for plain walnut a couple of days back. I really need to get some more corn cob - I vastly prefer it to walnut. Or, possibly invest in the small FA wet tumbler? Dunno - I've never been the guy who thinks I need shiny primer pockets and dry tumbling has always more or less gotten it done, but that military brass just does not want to shine. It's clean, but it still holds kind of a burnt color to the brass, and I wonder if a wet tumbler could get it that extra little bit.

So the next thing will be finding some time to fiddle with the Lee APP. I've got a universal decapping die, the primer swage kit, the 4-tube case feeder, and ebay collator coming, so I can't do much until I get all of that together, but I'm looking forward to seeing how quickly it will process that bucket of brass.

And the search for primers continues....
I've only used walnut but add a small amount of Nu-Shine and a couple of used dryer sheets and the LC brass comes out looking clean and shiny.
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I've only used walnut but add a small amount of Nu-Shine and a couple of used dryer sheets and the LC brass comes out looking clean and shiny.
Are you talking about Nu Finish? I've tried that in various incarnations, (plain and mixed with Odorless Mineral Spirits) and I think I prefer the Flitz media additive - it just seems to do a better job, particularly with crushed corn cob.

In other news, today I got my Lee Universal Decapping die, so I decided to go ahead and get my Lee APP press set up to see how it would work toward getting that mil brass processed.

I've got to say, this Lee APP is a slick little press. As long as I don't get a hang-up from a hanging ringer where just the end of the primer gets punched and is left dangling, it's literally as fast as I can crank the handle until I run out of brass in the tube, which in the case of 9mm is only 21 rounds. I'm glad I ordered 4 tube case feeder and the ebay 3D printed collator - that's going to help tremendously.

Otherwise, I like how this press functions - the way it's set up with the cams, I don't think I'd mind single-stage reloading on it one bit. As small as it is, it feels like it's maybe actually stronger than my Lee Challenger press.

Don't you love my high tech setup with C clamps to hold it to the bench (at least I've got it mounted to a 2x4! ) and the Quick Grip clamp to hold my bin in place? I think I'm going to rig up a bracket to hold the bin in place, but for the moment the clamp works.
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I've always said that one can never have too many clamps. There's a reason for that.
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test fired .40 with different powders and weights, selected one that was comfortably over the uspsa major power factor floor and reasonably accurate and loaded a few hundred up today. next on the list is 38 super.
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