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Made my own case kicker

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by Dawico, Dec 14, 2019.

  1. Dawico

    Dawico Uncoiled Lifetime Member

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    So what is a case kicker? A case kicker knocks the shell out of the shell holder on your single stage press. Once you load a case, run the operation (whatever die you are using), and bring the ram back down the kicker knocks the case out so you don't have to manually remove it.

    It really speeds up the operation of your single stage press, probably close to doubling the speed or more.

    There are commercial units available but I wanted to build my own just to see it I could.

    My first thought was to get out the grinder, bolts, drill, etc. but then I decided to make one that could be easily copied using items I had laying around.

    All I used was some thick wire and pliers. Gravity turns it out of the way but I added a rubberband to increase speed and reliability.

    The wire is just thick steel either for fence repair or used to hang ceiling grid in buildings. Any thick wire will work though.

    As you can see it is a pretty simple build and with some tinkering it works very well.

    This should be a little project that most can do themselves.

    Basically it's just a holder with a T shaped wire. The press handle hits the T and swings the other side over the shell holder knocking the case free.

    I do need to make a chute for the cases to fall into but wanted to show the kicker anyways.

    The nice part of the design is the T lifts right out if you don't want to use it.

    Will post a video of it in action. 3043af3db82207109ffb67c4e5516375.jpg 6cfc5662807e5548aa874596310910ff.jpg 033becde8937271f6b96f0bf3e42355e.jpg
     


  2. Dawico

    Dawico Uncoiled Lifetime Member

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    It speeds the process up quite a bit if you aren't trying to hold a camera.

     
  3. SQLGeek

    SQLGeek Vodak, The Choice of a New Generation TGT Supporter

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    Nice and simple. I dig it.
     
  4. Brains

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    What's that 3D printed block with the hose coming out of it?
     
  5. Dawico

    Dawico Uncoiled Lifetime Member

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    Primer catcher from www.loadertools.com.

    Works great and I actually won it in his FB group for free.

    The factory primer catcher system was junk. This one gets them all but you have to spin the ram and can't prime on the press which I didn't do anyways.
     
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  6. vmax

    vmax TGT Addict TGT Supporter

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    If you are trying to speed up your single stage , why not just get a progress press?
     
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  7. Dawico

    Dawico Uncoiled Lifetime Member

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    I have a progressive for loading in bulk but like to size my rifle cases and tumble them to remove the case lube before loading them.

    I know some people don't have the finances to get a progressive and figure this may help them.

    Plus I like to tinker and come up with my own solutions to random needs.

    Personally I don't think a progressive press makes as accurate of ammo as a single stage press so this press gets used quite a bit for my precision needs.
     
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  8. Younggun

    Younggun Ginger Avenger TGT Supporter Admin

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    I’ve got a sequence of placing cases, bullets, etc when running my single stage that lets me hit a decent rate of progress. Removing a step is always nice.


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  9. Gummi Bear

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    Nice job!

    I’m a big fan of my case kicker. I opted for the one from Inline Fabrication. It makes a huge difference when depriming cases to toss themmin the tumbler.

    I added the chute system, and built a catcher tht funnels cases right into the tumbler bucket.



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  10. Dawico

    Dawico Uncoiled Lifetime Member

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    I built a chute for it that funnels reliably into a pipe into my tumbler (or storage box). It works great.

    I almost bought the Inline version but didn't like the idea of the spring rubbing the ram all the time. Not that it would wear much but it would also collect grease.
     


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