Home-Made Reloading Tools
Show me pictures of your home-made reloading tools that you've invented
to help you with your reloading tasks.
Here's one of mine. It's very simple and cheap, and quite useful!
This tool I call my "feely-goober". It consists of a paper clip with one end
straightened out, and a small 90-degree bend on the end. The other end of
the clip is covered with a gob of plumber's epoxy to make a handle.
Plumber's epoxy comes as two sticks of clay, where you pinch off the
amount you need from each stick, and then knead together like dough to
activate the hardener.
So what's this feely-goober used for?
Sometimes when you come home from the range with your spent brass,
some of them might have a slight bright line around the circumference of
the brass case. Usually these mean nothing - just marks from the chamber,
but sometimes it's an incipient head separation, where "incipient" means
"about to happen". And you may have doubts about the integrity of the
This is where the feely-goober comes in handy. You insert the bent end of
the tool inside the brass case, and rub it against the inside of the case wall
where that bright line exists. If the brass is stretching, getting thin and
about to separate at that location, you can feel the groove on the inside of
the case with that paper clip. Instead of sliding smoothly along the inside
wall, you'll feel it drop into a groove that matches the bright line on the
outside. You may not be able to see it, but you'll be able to feel it.
And that means you better throw that case away and not try and reload it
again, because it's about to split in half at that groove the next time it's
Voila! The feely-goober does it's job!
Tips: The bent end needs to be short enough to fit inside a small diameter
case mouth like .223, and the shaft has to be long enough to reach the
bottom of a deep case like a .30-06.
Now it's your turn. Show me what kind of tools you've made to help you
Last edited by JohnRich; 01-26-2012 at 01:53 AM..