Redneck Brass Prep Center 3.0
I bring my DIY brass prep center to it’s conclusion. Could or should I have just bought a commercial solution like the Frankford Arsenal? Maybe, but I already had a World Finest Trimmer before the Frankford Arsenal unit with the universal trimmer came to market. I had purchased a primer pocket ream and primer pocket brushes a couple years ago as well. What I really had eyes for was the Hornady Case Prep Center, but I am unwilling to drop that kind of money to prep brass; that’s enough money to buy another unloader.
There were a few mis-steps along the way that are not on the video. I measured every dimension and thought I had enough clearance between them motors and the opening of the bottom box … negative. In hind-sight I should have just moved the motors closer to the center of the plate. I may (or not) get a new plate and do so. Also the 2.0 unit had a 3″ magnet attached to the bottom that I will be transferring to the 3.0 unit to allow it to sit firmly on the drill press table without sliding when reaming primer pockets.
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I owned a Marlin 60 since 1987, but never really got ‘into’ guns until 2011 when I bought my first 9mm pistol. That was soon followed by a .380 and a 12 guage pump, and I was all in. I had done some 20 guage reloading growing up, and threw myself into 9mm and .223 reloading in 2017, .380 in 2019, 7.62×39 in 2020 and my first revolver in 45 Colt in 2022. It is so satisfying to go to the range and string together ever improving groups with ammo I loaded myself; it doesn’t hurt that I’m a little OCD about technical things, the tangible/visible rewards are really gratifying.
I have a nagging but as yet unattained ‘want’ for a .358 Yeti unloader, it just looks like a really cool caliber. My next learning curve, space permitting, is casting and coating.