Billet Aluminum Loading blocks.

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by cpttango30, Mar 3, 2011.

  1. cpttango30

    cpttango30 New Member

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    Now We have all seen and used the horribly inadequate Green and red "UNIVERSAL" Reloading trays that come in the kits. They are either to big or to small for any cartridge out there. Then you step up to the plastic or wood/resin versions put out by midwayusa and others. We have tried to make our own right a 2x6 and a drill and start banging them out.

    While surfing looking for more stuff to spend all the magical reloading savings on. I came across a place called customreloadingtools.com I started looking and drooling. Shoot who doesn't drool over billet aluminum things no matter how simple. I first seen the annealing tools so I plopped them into my cart. Then I hit the motherload. Billet loading blocks. percision machined billets of aluminum with 50 percise holes. A real beauty even on the interwebs. So I grab one and plopped it into the cart. the price for the loading block$29.99 a lot more than the plastic ones. But, what you get for $29.99 is a nice piece or expertly machined aluminum with the holes big enough to fit your desired cartridge from a specif family. Mine are for 223 and family. The holes as you will see below have a slight counter sink in the middle of the bottom. This is there so that there is no way the primer can rest on anything. Added safety not found in the plastic ones.

    I have been sitting here for 2 hours touching it feeling it and putting in and removing cartridges from it. There is so little wobble it is amazing. This block will make loading so much easier. You can even polish it up if you like that.

    I love it and more then likely I am going to end up with at least 5 more of these bad boys.

    These loading blocks get the Seal of Approval from Tango. Check out customreloadingtools.com for more products.

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  2. TXnorton

    TXnorton New Member

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    Tango - VERY NICE loading block there! I've book marked their site and will check them out more later.

    I am still using the wood loading bocks I bought back in 1976 when I first started re-loading, I hate the plastic universal "one size fits many" blocks that are commercially available.

    For a better alternative to the crappy ones and a lot cheaper than the billet option, check out the Franklin Arsenal plastic blocks. They are of heavier construction, specific to a range of calibers, and seem to fit well. I only have one for my .45-70 cases (as my old wood ones serve the rest of my needs), but I am very happy with it.
     

  3. cpttango30

    cpttango30 New Member

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    I have two of the frankfort plastic ones. They are a good block. I myself will still spend the extra money on these aluminum ones.
     
  4. lonyaeger

    lonyaeger New Member

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    Very nice. How many calibers that you load for will fit in that #2 block in the photo?
     
  5. cpttango30

    cpttango30 New Member

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    just my 223.

    but the following will also fit.
    223
    222
    204 Ruger
    221 Fireball
    17 fireball
    20 Vartarg
    20 Tactical
    6x45
     
  6. lonyaeger

    lonyaeger New Member

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    I see that they're making one that will hold .308, .243, .22-250 and more. Sweet.
     
  7. cpttango30

    cpttango30 New Member

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    He says he is going to be coming out with some new designs as well so keep your eyes on him. I am trying to get him over here as a vendor. Maybe I can get a volume discount.
     
  8. lonyaeger

    lonyaeger New Member

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    Yeah, because they're kinda pricey. :eek: I'd love to have a couple of them.
     
  9. cpttango30

    cpttango30 New Member

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    Lon I am telling you they are so worth the price you pay. I am going to get a 50 round 308 and a 20 round bench model for each.
     
  10. lonyaeger

    lonyaeger New Member

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    Hmmm.............
     
  11. rifleman55

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    Very nice looking blocks.
    Sinclair Int sells Dirlin blocks made caliber spicific for about half the price.
    I have some and they are great. No tipped cases with powder in them.

    I really like the aluminum blocks, but not being all that well to do, I try to spend my money on bullets, cases and primers once I have decent reloading tools.

    John K