recommendation on a neck turning kit

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by Bouieboy, Jan 13, 2014.

  1. Bouieboy

    Bouieboy Well-Known Member

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    Hello everybody.

    I hand load for several calibers (270 WSM, 7MM WSM, 300 WSM, and 7mm-08). I need to tweak accuracy for all of these, and the next thing is neck turning. I'm looking for suggestions/recommendations and all the tools to get started. Since I've got a lot of brass to turn, I'd like to use a cordless drill to do this process quicker. So, If someone would suggest a turning tool, case holder for a drill, good mandrels, and whatever else I might need, I'd greatly appreciate it.
    Thanks,
    Bouie
     
  2. Hunter2678

    Hunter2678 Well-Known Member

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    FWIW, My setup uses a cordless dewalt chucked with PMA case Driver and shell holder.
    PMA Tool
    http://www.pmatool.com/index.php?cPath=61_84

    I previously used the lee case holders but the PMA driver/holder combo is light years better machined and more precise when turning with minimal to zero wobble.

    For the neck trimmer I use the 21st Century neck turning tool and expander mandrel with excellent results and no hand fatigue due to its large easy to grip size compared the the KMA or similar sized neck turning tools.
    http://www.21stcenturyshooting.com/
     
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    tbrice23 Well-Known Member

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    Last 4 days I've been turning a lot of 875 of 1000 pieces of .308 brass. Whatever you do spend more money and buy something better than the RCBS.
     
  5. Mikecr

    Mikecr Well-Known Member

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    PMA is good. Or, you can one stop shop for all needed at Sinclair.
     
  6. Bouieboy

    Bouieboy Well-Known Member

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    thanks guys, sorry I took so long to reply...I've been out of pocket a couple of days.
     
  7. Rockfish Dave

    Rockfish Dave Well-Known Member

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    Have tried others, but the 21st century is the easiest for me to use.


    - Dave
     
  8. MTBULLET

    MTBULLET Well-Known Member

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    i like and use the K&M tools.
     
  9. Trickymissfit

    Trickymissfit Well-Known Member

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    I use a couple Sinclair neck turning devices, but won't recommend them. Still they do an OK job after completely rebuilding them. Start out right, and buy the K&M. You'll not regret it
    gary
     
  10. vandal

    vandal Well-Known Member

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    I use k&m with no problem. I would recommend.
     
  11. Gene

    Gene Well-Known Member

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    I met Ken Markle when I began shooting benchrest, bought his, and still do, altho he has since sold the business. Actually, I buy a K&M neck turner and set it once; dedicated for each rifle/brass I have. This makes it easy to duplicate the neck thickness. Each tool has the caliber and neck thickness marked on it with a black marker.

    I have heard good things about the 21st Century. DO NOT buy a neck turner unless it will adjust to two one thousandths thickness (.0002"). I know there are some out there that go to a thou only and you do not want them.

    You will also need a ball or tube micrometer. Mitutoyo, Starrett and Browne and Sharpe make good ones. You will need a case holder for your cordless drill. Check the Sinclair catalog.

    Prepare to waste a few cases when you start. A google search will turn up many instructions for the proper technique.
     
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  12. Trickymissfit

    Trickymissfit Well-Known Member

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    with the two Sinclair turning tools I own, I use one to rough size the neck and the other to take the last five to seven tenths off the neck. I DO NOT use the Sinclair arbors. I made my own to the exact size I wanted. The one issue I have with the Sinclair is that it will not remove the doughnut, and the K&M will. Add to this, the cutter they use sucks on a good day. It's totally ground wrong, and has too much tool pressure. With the K&M you start out right, and are ahead from the get go.

    I personally do not like ball mics for measuring brass, but also know many folks love them. They only measure a small area, and I want an idea what the entire neck looks like. The best system I've (and use) found are pin mics. Sinclair sells a micrometer head with a pin built into a bracket. I built my own years before Fred sold them. Use a .218" gauge pin with a 1" head. Sinclair uses a .50" head which I like better. Otherwise our units are virtually identical. Yet you still need a standard one inch micrometer that reads down to one tenth.
    gary
     
  13. Gene

    Gene Well-Known Member

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    Gary - I think you mean a tube micrometer that reads down to one ten thousandths (.0001").
    I rough turn my necks with a Forester trimmer/cutter. Otherwise, its a POS. Gene
     
  14. Mikecr

    Mikecr Well-Known Member

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    I think you make too much of it Gary.