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Posted on 04/20/2012 1:39:42 AM PDT by neverdem
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I used a three jaw when I need to whip up something quickly and the runout won’t be any issue. Eventually, tho, I’ll get a 3-jaw set-true chuck, which has the advantages of both a scroll chuck and the ability to dial it in like a four jaw.
If that’s a 300 ton press, they must be able to apply that force across a large working area. I have a 50 ton H press that is rated to apply that 50T into one square inch, and I could fit it into the average walk-in bedroom closet.
16x40 is just about the ideal size to get into all manner of mischief that would cause liberals and henny-pennies heartburn. You could chamber .50 BMG bolt guns on that lathe just fine...
“Some people reload.”
That’s like saying art is easy because you can buy puzzles. Assembling the pieces is trivial; stamping & shaping shells is hard, making primers is hazardous, swaging projectiles (stuffing lead wire into copper tubes and squeezing to shape) isn’t hard but making them accurate & high-performance is, mixing propellant powders is an art, and that’s all assuming you can get the right metals & other specialty materials in forms you can work with.
We’re not talking black powder & lead balls here. “Reloading” amounts to final assembly; yeah it’s cheaper, but when SHTF you’ll wish it were all assembled already and not have time/resources to make more.
Is it doable by individuals? Sure. Thing is, for meaningful results it must be done on a scale equating to a small business, not a hobby. Once you get enough going on all fronts to churn out meaningful amounts, you’re at high risk of being noticed by the wrong people.
I’d hope whatever that was needed for would be taken care of by existing stashes before your production would get up to speed.
Some of what you say is true but I think you have the wrong impression.
If you have an minimum amount of ammo in mind, keep that amount but the components to reload it 5 times doesn’t take that much more space. I won’t say how many rounds I keep but sometimes I have to invite friends over to shoot to make room.
I pick up a few pounds of powder every time I go to a show, either something is on sale or there is something I haven’t used yet and want to try. Primers and bullets are cheaper when you buy them by the 10,000 lot. When you have the reloading bug, you tend to accumulate over time.
Like I said, some people reload.