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Here it is, October already, and just like every year the plush green horizon is showing a touch of yellow and bronze. In a few weeks our woods here in Wisconsin will be blazing with fall colors. Yup, just like every year, except this year we won’t even see it much. We’ll be watching our Brewers journey to the World Series instead. To many of us, hunting season is right around the corner. There is nothing like the sights and smells of the woods this time of year and the anticipation of our favorite game stepping out of the brush. The Titan Crew wishes all of you the best of luck this year.
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by Double Alpha
The Mini Mr.Bulletfeeder by DAA uses a 6-tube magazine system which holds roughly 100 bullets. It feeds into the same brilliantly reliable dropper die assembly as used on the Mr.Bulletfeeder.
Using a Mr.Bulletfeeder while reloading is a real pleasure. It makes the reloading process faster and much easier. If you have never used one, you are missing out on one of the greatest reloading assists out there! A Bulletfeeder also improves safety, by preventing the need to insert your fingers under the tool head to place your bullets on the brass. Everyone should use one!
The problem of course, is cost. Shooting is expensive, and reloading ammo, while usually cheaper than shooting factory, is not as cheap as it once was…
You need to buy a press, other reloading accessories, not to mention ammo components. For many, by the time all that is purchased, they have stretched their budget about as far as it will go. And the Bulletfeeder gets passed on, for lack of funds.
This was Double Alpha’s motivation when setting out to develop a less expensive version of the Mr.Bulletfeeder, and it lead to the new Mini Mr.Bulletfeeder.
Each magazine of bullet tubes needs to be filled by hand before reloading, much in the same way you would fill your primer tubes before starting your reloading session. With a little practice, it will take you about 2 minutes to fill the tube assembly. And this can be done in advance while watching TV in the comfort of your living room. Additional tube assemblies can be purchases separately (or as a bundle), thus allowing you to pre-load 300, 400 or more bullets before starting your reloading session.
While reloading, you will see the bullets drop down in the transparent tube, as they feed into the dropper-die assembly. Once a tube is empty, you simply rotate and click the next tube into place and keep reloading. Transition to the next tube takes just a second or two. Once the entire 6-tube magazine is empty, either reload it by hand, or drop your 2nd assembly into place to continue without delay.
The Mini Mr.Bulletfeeder can be used on any progressive reloading machine which uses the same size dies as Dillon, however please note that the powder funnel we supply with the unit is designed to be used only in the Dillon powder drop! If you wish to use the Mini Mr.Bulletfeeder with another press, you may need to get another powder funnel to expand the brass. Be aware that the bullet feeder does require a station in your tool head, directly after the powder dropper.
Double Alpha has found it is difficult to use the Mini Mr.Bulletfeeder on a 1050 when a powder check is being used in the following station. This has to do with the angle in which the powder dropper sits, forcing the bullet dropper to rotate further away, over the next station. This is an issue only on a 1050.
Your Mini Mr.Bulletfeeder by DAA includes:
1 x 6-Tube Bullet Magazine Assembly
1 x Dropper Die Assembly
1 x Expanding powder funnel (Dillon compatible)
3 x Spare Steel Ball-Bearings for Dropper
1 x User Instruction Sheet
Please note: Mr.Bulletfeed and Mini Mr. Bulletfeed are shipped with a Dillon Powder funnel. To use on a Hornady press you must purchase your Hornday expanding powder funnel separately
2-in-1 Seating and Crimping Die
A common request we hear is “Can I used the Bullet Feeder on my 550?” Or “can I use the Bullet Feeder and still continue to use my powder check on my 650?”.
The answer to both questions is, YES, provided you combine your Seating and Crimping operations into one station, to free up the station your Bullet Feeder will need.
Such Seating and Crimping dies are available for pistol calibers and .223 Rem. CLICK HERE to order. BE SURE TO TYPE (desired caliber) in the ‘Comments’ area in STEP 4 of our shopping cart.
These quality stainless steel dies, enable you to Seat and Crimp in one station, without compromising the quality of your ammo. It may take a little longer to get the adjustments just right, but once calibrated correctly, this die will produce consistent and precise quality ammunition.
These dies include an O-ring lock machined into the nut, which allows you to hand tighten only – and the die stays put! They include a finger adjustable floating bullet Seater, are heat treated to ideal hardness and polished to the smoothest finish.
INSIGHT OF THE MONTH:
While there can be many reasons for a case to be crushed in the reloading process, there are primarily two.
The first is that the bullet seating die is not set properly. If the crimp shoulder is set too deeply, the case is crimped before the bottom of the press stroke is achieved. Once the bullet is seated, additional pressure pushes the already heavily crimped case into the die further resulting in a crushed case. This is a common occurrence with thin and long case necks such as the 30-30 Winchester or long pistol rounds such as the .357 Magnum. Be sure to set the die per instructions.
This is a clever way to set the Bullet Seating Die quickly. The trick is to set the bullet seating depth first, then the crimp. This is done as follows; With an empty, sized case in the shell holder, hold the ram at the top of its stroke. Turn the bullet seating die body down over the case until you feel it come to a stop. This will be when the case mouth contacts the crimp shoulder inside the die. Mark this position by turning the lock ring down against the turret or press frame. Now adjust your bullet seating depth. Once you have the bullet seated to the desired depth, back the bullet seater adjuster out about 1 turn. Now turn the bullet seating die body in to apply the desired crimp. Once this is established, hold the ram at the top of its stroke and spin the bullet seater adjuster down until it stops. It is a good idea to carry this out with an empty case, so that after you have seated the bullet, you have a perfectly safe dummy cartridge (or gauge) to repetitively set seating depth and crimp on future occasions. Once you have this dummy gauge, all you have to do is place it in the shell holder, raise the ram to the top of its stroke, turn the bullet seating body down until it stops, and then turn the bullet seating depth adjuster in until it stops. Since the crimp and the seating depth were already set, the die will return to very close to the same settings.
The second reason is generally associated with the Lee Collet Dies. If the collet in the die has been collapsed, the case neck can not clearly enter the collet area. This results in a crushed and/or buckled case. This can be avoided by not operating the die without a case in it. If this happens, it is necessary to remove the collet and pry the collet leaves back so that they stay apart when inserted back into the die. The ID of the die body will cause the leaves to stay uniformity apart.
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