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Which bullet feeder?

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by CaptainXL, Dec 21, 2012.

  1. CaptainXL

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    I have been pondering adding an electric bullet feeder to my Pro 1000. I know that I will have to make a few mods to the bullet feeder to get it to work with the Pro 1000, no matter which brand I end up buying.

    I've looked at the RCBS, the Mr. BulletFeeder and the Hornady. I've checked reviews on the MidwayUSA website for the 3 feeders. Reviews for all of them are mixed but mostly positive with 1 or 2 negative reviews for each brand.

    Please give me your opinions/reviews on any bullet feeders that you have used or have knowledge of.
     
  2. CaptainXL

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    I forgot to mention that I plan to use the electric feederto feed the bullet tube of with the Lee Bullet Feeder, similar to what this video shows on a Lee Loadmaster.

    [ame]http://youtu.be/s9C3ru3FKV0[/ame]
     


  3. I've had my RCBS bullet feeder for 3 or 4 months and 'engineered' the mounting necessary to work with my 650 without the strong mount, but it's going to require a (strong) bracket for my application and I haven't had that made up yet... so it sits.

    I can see that the RCBS wouldn't work as-is with the height that the 650 would be with the strong mount, but I've seen installations where folks mount the RCBS feeder on a 4x4 on their bench. Don't know if that would be a factor with your Pro 1000. It has to be high enough for the bullet to have an unhampered, straightish, smooth run down that spring and tube.

    I did a couple of test runs without it mounted permanently and it appears that it will work without a hitch when adjusted properly, but there may be some gotchas I have yet to discover. Aren't there always?

    I think RCBS still has a small rebate on most of their gear until the end of the year.
     
  4. jmorris

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    The collator or bullet feeder, feeder made by KISS/Mr.bulletfeeder is a solid design that is pretty simple to make out of 6" PVC and 1/2" plastic.

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  5. Colorado4Wheel

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    DAA makes the Mr Bullet Feeder. It is the best design. And it looks better and is cheaper now that they bought the product.
     
  6. jmorris

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    Good point, the new collators made across the pond work the same way but have been "trimmed up" a bit and they hang them off the case feed collator.

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  7. IndyGunFreak

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    I'm curious how you plan to make this work (in a practical sense). The Pro 1000 only has 3 stations, one of which will have to place the bullet on the brass. I could be wrong, but I don't believe the bullet feeders actually "seat" the bullet, they just place the bullet in the brass... so the 3rd step will have to be a seat/crimp die. That leaves one station to size/prime and drop powder... unless you're planning to size/prime before hand, at which point... the speed consideration goes out the window.

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    Last edited: Dec 21, 2012
  8. IndyGunFreak

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    Sorry, missed this post. That makes more sense.
     
  9. CaptainXL

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    Of the bullet feeders I've looked at I too think that the Mr Bullet Feeder appears to be the best. If money was not a factor that is the feeder that I would buy. It is the most costly and I unfortunately am on somewhat of a budget.

    I made my decision based on cost and ordered a Hornady Bullet Feeder from CheaperThanDirt (CTD). I priced the Hornady on EBay, MidwayUSA, Grafs, Amazon, Brownells and other places and CTD had the lowest shipped price.

    As I said previously, I plan to use the Nornady to keep the bullet tube of the Lee Bullet Feeder filled. I do plan to modify the Lee bullet tube by adding a SPDT limit switch to turn the feeder on and off when the tube is filled about half way.

    To see what I am talking about as far as the limit switch see 0:23 and 6:03 to 6:31 times in the following Mr Bullet Feeder video.

    [ame]http://youtu.be/T2mG7dVPxlU[/ame]
     
  10. CaptainXL

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    Here is a video of the Hornady Bullet Feeder. In the video it mentions the bullet feed die, which I have not ordered and will not be using.

    [ame]http://youtu.be/AUdkai2UhNQ[/ame]
     
  11. Colorado4Wheel

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    Dang. Bad posting behavior.
     
    Last edited: Dec 22, 2012
  12. CaptainXL

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    I did this video a while back and posted it in a separate thread. I should have also posted the video in this thread.

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    I ended up buying a Hornady bullet collator and married it to the plastic bullet tube of a Lee Bullet Feeder. This video has several mods and the bullet collatorfeeder starts about half way through the video.

    [ame]http://youtu.be/L4KXSfwUYlo[/ame]