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Posted - 11/09/2018 :  3:30:50 PM  Show Profile Send daboone a Private Message  Reply with Quote
As this is a forum about M1 Carbines reloading. Specifically what is on your bench for reloading it.

I use a 550b with RCBS seater and Lee FCD crimp with Autodrum powder dispenser, all Wilson case prep tools and trimmer except Hornady primer pocket uniformer. I size with a Lee as separate operation and then check for trimming.

I'm only using SS pin cleaning rarely mostly use a corn cob media buzz bucket to remove Imperial sizing wax. Either way I decap before cleaning.

The idea behind this post isn't to praise or belittle specific tools/presses or product brands. Just to find out what you use and assume you find to do the job to you and your M1's satisfaction. Also this is an attempt to increase post counts and keep our site alive!


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Posted - 11/10/2018 :  12:23:31 AM  Show Profile Send jimb16 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
550B here too with RCBS dies. I seldom clean my carbine cases, but when I do, I used an RCBS ultrasonic then when they are dry I toss them into the Lyman vibrator with corn cob. I trim my cases with a lee cutter or a Hornady lathe type depending on how I'm feeling that day!

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Posted - 11/10/2018 :  4:28:19 PM  Show Profile Send americanboy a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Media buzz-bucket with corn-cob media here as well. I have a home-made case-lube consisting of lanolin and fuel-additive alcohol. This may be advantageous to the beginner on a budget. I have a Lee hand-press that comes in mighty handy for de-capping and sizing while watching TV. I use a squeeze-'em-one-at-a-time primer tool, but sometimes use the one-at-a-time primer fixture in my Lyman single stage bench-mounted press. All Lee dies and press-mounted Lee Quick-Trim case-trimmer. You don't have to spend big $$$ to get into reloading. All you need is a little space in the spare room or closet that the wife may surrender...and you're in business.
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Posted - 11/10/2018 :  5:51:18 PM  Show Profile Send COSteve a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Dillon XL650 w/casefeeder, Dillon trimmer on case prep toolheads for all 9 of my rifle calibers, and reloading toolheads for my rifles and 7 pistol calibers too. I use Lee Deluxe Carbide die sets for my pistol calibers and a combination of Dillon decapping / resizing and Lee Pacesetter bullet seating and FC dies for my rifle calibers. Dillon D-Terminator scale and Super Swage on my bench as well.

However, my tumblers are in a small storage area just off my handloading setup so I can close the door to the noise. My bench is small at only 6' x 2' so I've got to be organized and keep it clean all the time but it's served me well for right about 200,000 rds of handloads so far.


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