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Old 10-25-2012, 07:00 AM   #11
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I'm no expert (don't even play one on TV) but could you build it up out of heavy plate and bolt it together to get all of the parts machined and lined up, then weld it all together as a final assembly? This way you could pre-heat the whole thing as an assembled unit before welding so as to control heat warpage.

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Slightly related, Attached is a photo, on the left is a shell holder I made for
.50 BMG. A friend who owns a gun shop wanted some bullets pulled from
.50 BMG rounds. So I made the shell holder yesterday evening and used
a 1/2" collet on my Bridgeport to hold the bullet and used the shell holder in
my Kurt vise and lowered the table to pull the bullet, worked very sweet, in
the middle is a standard shell holder for size reference. The right is the
1-1/4x12NF tap for this project, it is on loan from my buddy's work, not that
they know it. A good new tap that size is ~$150, so the loan system
worked out just fine.

(PS sorry I suck with a camera...)

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I guess a little bit of (BOTH). Being a Machinist/Mechanic, I know it would not be easy............
Actually I have most of it worked out.

C Frame style, when I get the prints finished I will post them.
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This is kind of a rough idea of what I was thinking for a bolt together assembly that keyed from the sides and bolted. All of the plates could be made flat this way and if you did your part on the machining it would all line up and be true. Keep in mind this is just something I drew quick for the sake of conversation and nothing is really thought out for size or placement of anything.

Great job on the shell holder too!!

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Actually I have most of it worked out.

C Frame style, when I get the prints finished I will post them.
I might go thicker on the top and bottom plates, they are drawn at 1" right
now, might go 1.25"

Here is the first pass at drawings not finished yet.

Still need to add the ram guide to the bottom of the plate and work
out the lever and linkage for the ram. But it is working out. Will be using
3/8" socket head cap screws for fastening and 3/8 x 2 hardened dowel
pins for location. The top and botton plates will either be CNC water jet
or CNC plasma cut.

If anybody want the actual CAD drawing send me a PM and I can email
them to you as a .dxf or .dwg format. I use Turbocad.
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I drew them 1 1/4" thick, figured that would be about right. Nice drawings you have. Nice concept too!

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Sounds like a fun project. The only thing that is going to be hard I would think is the geometry and what not.

You can buy replacement parts for RCBS and other presses. I would get an RCBS or Hornady single stage press ram so you can use standard shell holders.

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Got the base and top plates water jetted. Time is going to be the real
challenge on this project... Those are 1.25" plates. Took about an hour
of cutting time to waterjet them.




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Got the base and top plates water jetted. Time is going to be the real
challenge on this project... Those are 1.25" plates. Took about an hour
of cutting time to waterjet them.




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Nice! Keep taking pictures as you go.
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Got the base and top plates water jetted. Time is going to be the real
challenge on this project...
Those are 1.25" plates. Took about an hour
of cutting time to waterjet them.
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Nice! Keep taking pictures as you go.
Been moving those plates around the shop for the last year plus; actually
going to start machining on them this weekend. Will post pictures as it
progresses.
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