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I have a project in mind,using my CNC machine to turn out some reloading blocks. I’m probably going to try and sketch out a few different styles that make some of the processes simpler for us reloaders.
that being said.......I may need some input and a few test subjects that can sit down upon receiving one and try it out. I have one man now and will pm a couple more once I have time to sit down and actually draw a few ideas.

Being a person that doesn’t do a lot of single stage loading (just the tester rounds to find a decent load) I find that a snug hole (there’s a joke there I know) works best for keeping the case still as I place the funnel and add powder. I also fill that height adds in this as well.

I’ll be making some individual blocks that have a tray on one end (bullet retention) and maybe a few with trays on either end. The idea there is added weight for stability. Probably some simple ones with holes only.

I may also play with making something that mounts under the press......either to drop a tray in or with everything cut within it.

This is all just thought at the moment and I will probably take my time going after it.

Questions/comments/concerns appreciated.
 

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Here’s a thought for you. How about a tray that can hold all the individual small tools needed occasionally? I’m thinking primer pocket reamers and cleaners, hand punch primer remover, chamfer/debut tool, etc. I drilled some holes in a wooden block to hold all these. Looks like crap but it’s functional.
 

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Here’s a thought for you. How about a tray that can hold all the individual small tools needed occasionally? I’m thinking primer pocket reamers and cleaners, hand punch primer remover, chamfer/debut tool, etc. I drilled some holes in a wooden block to hold all these. Looks like crap but it’s functional.
What brand tools? I’m sure there are different diameter shanks/handles. I like the idea.
 

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I have a project in mind,using my CNC machine to turn out some reloading blocks. I’m probably going to try and sketch out a few different styles that make some of the processes simpler for us reloaders.
that being said.......I may need some input and a few test subjects that can sit down upon receiving one and try it out. I have one man now and will pm a couple more once I have time to sit down and actually draw a few ideas.

Being a person that doesn’t do a lot of single stage loading (just the tester rounds to find a decent load) I find that a snug hole (there’s a joke there I know) works best for keeping the case still as I place the funnel and add powder. I also fill that height adds in this as well.

I’ll be making some individual blocks that have a tray on one end (bullet retention) and maybe a few with trays on either end. The idea there is added weight for stability. Probably some simple ones with holes only.

I may also play with making something that mounts under the press......either to drop a tray in or with everything cut within it.

This is all just thought at the moment and I will probably take my time going after it.

Questions/comments/concerns appreciated.
I'm really interested in this project, nice idea. Keep us updated please
 

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If you need a guinea pig for a test fit on a Lee Breechlock Challenger then I can be the guinea pig, it sounds like a neat idea.
 
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The first loading trays I made were oak for 38spl, 3/4" board, 7/16" Forester bit, 5/8" deep, 1/16" space between holes. Some were for 50 rds and some 100 rds. I can load powder in 3 rows and turn them around to powder the other 2 using a Lee Perfect Powder Measure. 38spl and 357 cases flop a bit moving from one case to the next. Should have used 1" oak and a deeper hole. 9mm needs about 1/2" depth.
Drilling wood soak it in water first.
 

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One idea I’ve had for the single stage press. Nothing concrete and drawn in pin by what looks like my 10yr old.
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Id leave the press labeled section milled out or leave it whole to mount between the press/bench
 

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I like the concept , but I like it simple like leaving the tool tray of and have a solid block, with maybe a single bullet tray up front.. Usually I will size and prime putting into a used 9 mm tray. Then I add powder moving those to a different tray, then bullet to the original tray, then crimp back to the other try. LOL but it works for me.
 

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Another potential source is sams, they sell a large uhmw or similar material cutting board for about $9. They are about 1/2” thick
 

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What brand tools? I’m sure there are different diameter shanks/handles. I like the idea.
i use mostly Lee tools. I’m sure the diameters for different brands would be similar.
Here‘s another idea. I collect odd brass and keep one example of each caliber on a shelf above my bench. I also have my dummy rounds for the calibers I load. They are just stored in empty cartridge blocks. Some fit fine while others are either too large or too small. It would be nice to have a block with caliber-sized holes to hold the cartridges.
Another idea. How about a box to hold various case length gages?
 

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To me, rectangular blocks are easier to work with than square blocks. A tool / bullet tray is okay feature but find that I don't use them much. Prefer Arco bins for bullets. What might be a nice feature though is a hole for a case gauge. The Wilson, Lyman and Sheridan gagues all seem to be about the same size.
 
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