Drill press or shot shell reloading press?

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Drill press or shot shell reloading press?

Post by jhogue » November 6th, 2017, 12:45 pm

I'm trying to get into loading TSS this year. I've noticed that most folks are using a drill press and some are using a regular hand drill. I have a hand drill, but since I'm a beginner, I'm no where near confident to load shells with it. I've been shopping for drill presses and find that there are single stage loaders for around $200, but it appears that they are made to only load one gauge of shell. Is it my best bet to pony up the money to buy a drill press, or is a loading press a good option? If I need to buy a drill press, how nice of one do I need and what capabilities does it need to have?

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Re: Drill press or shot shell reloading press?

Post by jhogue » November 6th, 2017, 1:27 pm

I found this drill press on Harbor Freight's website for $67.99. Will it do the job?

https://www.harborfreight.com/8-in-5-sp ... 60238.html

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Re: Drill press or shot shell reloading press?

Post by hoobilly » November 6th, 2017, 1:30 pm

I so far have only used a star crimp. I have a roll crimp for 28&10ga but haven’t gotten around to loading them. Rather star crimp than roll them. Just my opinion


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Re: Drill press or shot shell reloading press?

Post by GLS » November 6th, 2017, 1:37 pm

It's hard to beat a vintage style hand cranked roll crimper for ease of use and set up. A MEC type press requires fiddling around with the stages to insure proper height for the load intended. A hand cranked crimper self adjusts to the load intended. Compact storage compared to a drill press or lever operated star crimper. gil

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Re: Drill press or shot shell reloading press?

Post by turkeyinstrut » November 6th, 2017, 2:12 pm

jhogue wrote:
November 6th, 2017, 1:27 pm
I found this drill press on Harbor Freight's website for $67.99. Will it do the job?

https://www.harborfreight.com/8-in-5-sp ... 60238.html
This is the exact drill press I bought to load TSS, the thing is that you can put a roll crimp on any of the load recipes you get from your recipe supplier but a star (fold) crimp will raise the pressures if your recipe calls for a roll crimp. Most times the rise in pressures is minor but I have seen as much as a 1800 PSI difference between a roll and fold crimp. Maybe Hawlips or Shooter will chime in here and give their thoughts.

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Re: Drill press or shot shell reloading press?

Post by jhogue » November 6th, 2017, 3:22 pm

turkeyinstrut wrote:
November 6th, 2017, 2:12 pm
jhogue wrote:
November 6th, 2017, 1:27 pm
I found this drill press on Harbor Freight's website for $67.99. Will it do the job?

https://www.harborfreight.com/8-in-5-sp ... 60238.html
This is the exact drill press I bought to load TSS, the thing is that you can put a roll crimp on any of the load recipes you get from your recipe supplier but a star (fold) crimp will raise the pressures if your recipe calls for a roll crimp. Most times the rise in pressures is minor but I have seen as much as a 1800 PSI difference between a roll and fold crimp. Maybe Hawlips or Shooter will chime in here and give their thoughts.
Too easy. That's good enough for me. Thank you.

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