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Old 01-12-2010, 08:21 PM
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best "bang for buck" neck turner and chuck?

Hello,

I'm looking for recommendations on good value case neck turners and drill chucks to go with them. I'm getting into competitive f-t/r class but since im still in highschool, cash is a little tight. So instead of buying lapua like most guys, im buying winchester brass and doing complete case prep, just havent gotten a neck turner yet, i have a moderatly tight chamber, i could get by not turning necks, but cleaning them up a bit will sure help.

So, any recommendations on where i can get a good value one would be great ( if someone could sell me a used one with 30cal pilot would be awsome) and if anyone knows where to get a drill chuck that will work with .308win cases would be nice too. Looked at the R W Hart one on midway, but 30 bucks for that little thing? seems like your paying for the name more than anything... cant imagine production costs would be terribly high...

Thanks in advance,
Oliver
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Old 01-12-2010, 09:25 PM
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Re: best "bang for buck" neck turner and chuck?

Why not get a ball mic and sort your brass by variation in neck-wall thickness?
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Old 01-12-2010, 10:36 PM
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Re: best "bang for buck" neck turner and chuck?

This may be wrong, but how I see it, isn't it better to make the neks uniform than to sort them by how uniform they are? Turning them would mean less culls =less wasted money. Please correct me if I'm wrong, just trying to save some money and still make my handloads the best they can be.
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Re: best "bang for buck" neck turner and chuck?

Just because you turn them does make a good case out of a bad one



best to get good cases to begin with.

But if you want a turner then I would recommend the Forster Hot 100

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Re: best "bang for buck" neck turner and chuck?

The Forester one is what I use, nothing fancy but for the price it works good. There is something to say for starting with cheap brass and learning how to work with it and learn on it. I kinda suck when you muff up 20$ worth of brass getting the hang of stuff.
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Re: best "bang for buck" neck turner and chuck?

I second Winchester 69
If you're only lookin to clean-up variance, it's cost effective to simply identify the lack of it.
Otherwise, your spending money and alot of time to save every piece of crappy brass, without really finding every piece of excellent brass.

Thickness variance runs full length of cases. This comes into play with every springback because thicker sections springback more than thinner. Eventually you end up with bananas for ammo, and sizing won't fix it (it amplifies it).
Buy 1,000 pieces of brass, measure it to pull out ~200 with little to no thickness variance, rake the rest in the trash can. Brass is cheap.
These will stay straight longer than turned turds, so they are worth all additional prepping efforts. In the long term, you do not want to be wasting these efforts(they suk).
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Re: best "bang for buck" neck turner and chuck?

Bigngreen, hit the nail on the head! I dont have the money to be "experimenting" with lapua brass, even wasting a new Winchester case hurts.

Woods, thanks for the diagram, never really thought about that. Is Winchester brass really that crappy though? And if the neck is out of allignment with the case, wouldn't trimming, neck sizing, then trimming again fix that? I'm using a lee collect neck sizing die, if that changes anything.
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