Author Topic: Upside Down Press For Sizing Bullets  (Read 532 times)

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Upside Down Press For Sizing Bullets
« on: March 05, 2019, 05:34:41 PM »
Not my idea, but it works REALLY well for sizing bullets.... Today I mounted my Lee Press upside down on my bench....



I used 1/4" ready rod to make the long bolts, and 1/2" pipe for the standoffs.... The only modification needed to the press was to grind part of the webs away on either side at the top where they interfered with the standoffs.... In addition, I added a lead weight to the handle so that it doesn't rise up when you let go of it.... This keeps the ram up to give lots of room above the sizing die for loading the bullets....

You simply drop the bullet into the bottom of the NOE sizing bushing (which is now on top of the die) and lift up on the handle.... The sized bullet drops into the plastic tub on a shelf just under the press.... No more working blind, upside down, or having the bullet enter the die crooked, or pinched fingers....  8)

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Re: Upside Down Press For Sizing Bullets
« Reply #1 on: March 05, 2019, 05:53:32 PM »
Good idea on the lead weight on the handle. I could see a handle flying in the mouth.
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Re: Upside Down Press For Sizing Bullets
« Reply #2 on: March 05, 2019, 05:56:03 PM »
Bob,
I bet you are actually amazed at yourself at times huh?
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Re: Upside Down Press For Sizing Bullets
« Reply #3 on: March 06, 2019, 03:59:43 AM »
The old adage is true... Necessity is the mother of invention. Bob just puts new light on the adage.
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Re: Upside Down Press For Sizing Bullets
« Reply #4 on: March 06, 2019, 08:26:02 AM »
Hey, guys, not my idea.... Michael (Knifemaker) was who I got the idea from, and apparently it's pretty common over on the Cast Boolits Forum.... I just can't believe what a difference it makes.... No more balancing a bullet on the ram, trying to get it centered, and not pinch your fingers.... With this setup you drop the bullet in the hole and lift the handle....

The handle works fine without the weight, and would actually require less effort to work.... but there are 2 problems I solved with the weight (which was my idea, or at least I hadn't seen it done before)…. 1. the handle doesn't stick out from the bench when not in use, where you can walk into it.... and 2. the ram sits right at the top of its stroke, leaving lots of room above the die for your hand when dropping the bullet into the die.... I just found that without the weight, if I didn't hold the handle down, it was inconvenient loading a bullet for sizing....

One other advantage, if you are using the NOE system, you never have to change the upper (now lower) guide portion of the die.... You can just install the largest one (actually, you don't even need one at all)…. Smaller bullets can't go crooked because they are just falling out of the sizing bushing into the tub....

Bob
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Re: Upside Down Press For Sizing Bullets
« Reply #5 on: March 06, 2019, 02:46:55 PM »
Pretty slick. I might have to do a copy cat.  8)
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Re: Upside Down Press For Sizing Bullets
« Reply #6 on: March 07, 2019, 07:33:47 AM »
Going to pick up one of those Lee press tomorrow. Going to make it a dedicated sizing press. Mounted upside down of course.
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Re: Upside Down Press For Sizing Bullets
« Reply #7 on: March 07, 2019, 07:37:12 AM »
Why don't you send this to Lee, and ask them for a free one for submitting the idea for an upgraded model?
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Re: Upside Down Press For Sizing Bullets
« Reply #8 on: March 07, 2019, 08:37:56 AM »
Not my idea, I understand it's been around for a while....

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Re: Upside Down Press For Sizing Bullets
« Reply #9 on: March 07, 2019, 09:36:13 AM »
Submit it to NOE to go along with the sizing system.
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Re: Upside Down Press For Sizing Bullets
« Reply #10 on: March 07, 2019, 10:37:20 AM »
Yeah, not a bad idea.... Lee could actually just add a flange and 3 more bolt holes on the top, and you could mount it either way up....  :o

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