Home-Made Reloading Tools

Discussion in 'The Ammo & Reloading Forum' started by JohnRich, Jan 26, 2012.

  1. JohnRich

    JohnRich New Member

    Jan 1, 2012
    Houston, Texas
    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

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    Last edited: Jan 26, 2012
  2. oldpapps

    oldpapps New Member

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  3. Little Rooster

    Little Rooster New Member

    Oct 17, 2007
    Old Dominion
    I always wonder what those were called
  4. zkovach

    zkovach Well-Known Member

    Oct 7, 2009
    Pretty sure u could sell those to those stores we all love for 5 ea.
  5. joncutt87

    joncutt87 Active Member

    May 24, 2011
    Kannapolis, NC
  6. V509

    V509 Active Member

    Jun 18, 2011
    Buckeye State
    Home made roller handle, powder drain and "a $3 strong mount!!
    Primer follower also
  7. jack404

    jack404 Former Guest

    Jan 11, 2010
    i cast a lot of lead for ball and mini ball and getting through them at a pace is tough especially with gloves so i made myself a vice to hold the molds while i pour the lead

    i have 20 molds of between 4 and 12 balls each and they vary so i needed something that could also adjust fast and easy

    heres what i got

    its been through a flood and rusty as heck but its got a good coat of SBGO on it now so will last ..

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  8. The_Rifleman

    The_Rifleman Active Member

    Feb 10, 2010
    This is to aid in spinning cases as to anneal them more evenly.


    I just chuck it up in my hand drill, so I can more easily spin my cases in the flame of the propane torch.

    It is an optical illusion that makes the stem appear off center... probably an after effect from the sun spots. :eek:
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