Reloading on a budget. This thread is going to be for those who want to get into reloading, but do not have the funds to get all the goodies at first. I feel with a powder scale, and a deburring tool is all you need to really start reloading. (along with the press and dies of course).
What you will need for starters. A plumbers tool for cutting copper tubing. Maybe 10 dollars or so at the hardware store. Some wire cutters, a Spoon, I get mine from Wendy's. some nylon ties, a roll of electrical tape, and a roll of masking tape.
here is my plumbers pipe cutter:
Here is where I wished I had a photo of my scale and some powder to start get a basic measurement on your bullet casing. I use bullet casings I have found on the ground to make into reloading powder dippers.
Once you have decided on about where to cut, mark the outside with a sharpie and get to it.. Note the sharpie line and the cutting wheel in between:
The finished cut:
Then I use one of these Deburring tools to smooth out the edge, inside and out:
Now don't worry if you made this too large. or too small. A file will bring the size down to exactly the measurement you are seeking. If you made the cut too small, save it for later, You may start reloading for smaller calibers, or different powders where this smaller piece may come in handy. Right now is where you refill the bullet and check your measurement and powder level to how many grains of powder you are going to be using. I like to measure at least 5 times to make sure the load is consistent. Over a bowl or cup of powder, I will fill the dipper past the brim, and then scrape across the top bullet edge with a razor blade. Pour into the scale pan and measure its weight. If you are over, I then use a flat file and 'sand' down the dipper and recheck the level and repeat, until I get to that desired level of powder I am making the dipper for. if you are lucky enough to have an electric wheel grinder, this step is very fast and easy.
Once you have the desired powder level for this dipper you are making, now we can start on the finished product. I like to use 2 differing sizes of these nylon ties. The black kind are about 4 inches long, and the white one is maybe 8 or 9 inches long:
I like to take the smaller tie, and using the indentation of the bullet is where I will place and seat this tie so it can't ever move and slip off:
The larger one I use at the top. By using a larger tie, this gives strength to the end result, so the filler won't twist and flex while in use:
Then I take out my trusty spoon I got from Wendy's:
For the next few steps, you will need some wire cutter thinghys, some masking tape, (mines black) and some electrical tape, mines red:
Now take your sppon and turn it over. Notice the little ridge on the right hand side of the pic? I like to cut that off by using some wire cutters:
So that the spoon now looks like this:
Then I use some masking tape to start to wrap the ties and bullet to the spoon:
Once I have wrapped it into place I then take my electrical tape and wrap it again. I don't wrap this tape tightly, because of over time, the tape creeps back into its normal size and leaves little sticky gooies on the outside edges of the tape. Just loosely wrap with the electrical tape, and your tape won't move on you. Now I then take a sharpie marker and write down on the tape what powder is used, and how many grains for that load: