‘Uncle Jim’ challenged my mind….he crossed the line !
Some say he’s crafty…innovative…a forward thinker…
…but, I say he invents stuff to play with my mind! Take for instance his latest video…
In this video he shows his latest greatest invention to cut the jackets of range scrap so that they will not explode in the smelting pot…pretty good idea huh?
I say he invented this just to make me feel like a smuck for hammering and chiseling all day the week before to get my jacketed rounds ready for the pot! I even tried using my small pair of lock snappers…like he showed us previously….hmmmm… I wonder what that ole coot is really up to? Look at this pile of range scrap I had to work over wouldYa?
Wham bang…ricocheting bullets, some even hit me in the bellybutton, thanks a lot Jim! Some of them went flying across the table saw. I’ll prolly never see those again! After an hour of this I got clued in…I’ll just get the old framing hammer and beat these puppies into submission…I’ll smash them until the jackets split open!
At this point I’m exhausted and thinking at the same time…”I win, I busted those jackets open and I won’t have any bursting in the melt…hahaha…I’m good to go!” At the same time I’ve got a very sore arm and am almost deaf from all the hammering on the anvil in the shop!
It was after this that that crafty ole grey bearded gentleman slithered off to his shop to invent . . .
An easy way to cut jacketed bullets from range scrap for casting…
…’that’s where he crossed the line’…he knew I’d watch that video…he knew that my mind wouldn’t settle for what I had just been through again! He knew that I’d ‘mull’ on this problem and prolly start dreaming about a solution…I’m telling you that ‘EARRL & Elvis’ ain’t got nuttin on this ole sly critter! The pressure was on, I had to come up with a solution, no way was I going to run down to Harbor Freight and buy an arbor press…I can just hear that ole coot laughing and saying to himself…”What do you think your going to do with this stuff in the next picture? >
Well…I’m tellin Ya Jim…I’m gonna invent something too! I’m going to do like the Chinese do . . . I’m going to ‘steal your idea’ ! Here’s a hint of where I’m going…see that line on the head of the bolt…I’m going to cross it now!
After a bit-O-grinding I made the head of that bolt look like what Uncle Jim used on the bottom of that arbor press…’a chisel’ and decided that If I can’t make the chisel come to the bullet like Jim did with the arbor press…I’ll make the bullet come to the chisel…
I used the bullet holder insert from the Lee BHN test kit to hold the round as I pulled it up to the chisel…I have to admit that I don’t have the same level of power with this old Rock Chucker that Jim has with the arbor press but, I have enough to make an easy slice into this FMJ .45 round.
That smile on the right side of the bullet is all that’s required to let the molten lead out of the jacket as you stir the pot…the lightweight jackets will come to the top of the melt where you can dip them out of the soft lead left behind…and by the way, that lead from this pot was 7.8 BHN, outstanding lead to add a smidge of tin to for great Hollow Points.
I sacrificed a few more with thick jackets to see how well this would work…
Now the Lee BHN test kit has a new chisel die, a ‘Jacket Buster’ in the storage box to keep it company! And…all thanks to ‘Uncle Jim’ that crafty and inventive ole coot somewhere up in the mountains of I dunnoh where.
Ya know fellas…I can’t remember when I last hung out with a craftier bunch of fellas like yourselves. Content Creators, authors, inventors and all determined to make life a little easier in the Reloading Shop…dedicated to finding a better way and save a little time in doing so. Isn’t it great to be an American Handloader in The Reloaders Network?
“Good luck out there Boys…take it easy, be careful…don’t hurt yourselves!”
c h a r l i e
Born in 1950…HS grad, some college, no degrees, served in the US Marine Corps, educated there by the Navy in Electronics. Worked as an Electrician all my life and Contracted Heavy Industrial Control & Power Distribution for 20 years before retirement. Drive a black Chevy 4×4 and a Harley V-Rod. Married 40+ years, 3 great kids all 45 & older. Love my shop & do it all right there…