Cast Bullet Sizing and Bullet Lubrication Tool
The punch snaps into the press ram just as a shell holder
would. Lower the punch down through the press frame
threads and it will snap into the front of the press ram.
The die body is threaded for standard 7/8-14 reloading
press frames and the inside is reamed to 0.463 to hold
most 45 caliber bullets.
Screw the body into the press frame guiding the punch
into the bore of the die body. Starting the die body
into the frame threads is easier if you raise the punch
to the top of the ram stroke and thread the body down
over the punch.
Be gentle. Just tighten the set screw enough to take the wiggle out.
Overtightening can damage the parts and distort the die.
The lube pump, made up of the reservoir, piston, screw
and cap, slide over the die body and locate with a set
screw in the end of the reservoir that locates into a hole
in the side of the die body. The reservoir can be attached
either to the right or left side of the die body. The pump
screw has a left hand thread so the screw is turned clockwise
to advance the piston. This forces lube from the reservoir,
through the hole in the side of the die body, around the die,
through the holes in the die and finally into the lube grooves in the bullet.
The die screws into the top of the die body and seats
against the top of the bore of the die body to form a seal
to keep the bullet lube in place. Use a small hex wrench
or similar item to snug the die in the body. After the lube
groves have been filled, turn the screw counter clockwise to
relieve the pressure in the reservoir and keep from lubing
the bullet noses. The press ram is lowered, a second bullet
is placed through the window in the die body, the ram is
raised pushing the bullet into the die and pushing the first
bullet up into the counter bore at the top of the die. The first
bullet can then be removed, inspected and boxed. The screw
is advanced (clockwise) forcing lube into the groves of the
second bullet, reversed (counterclockwise) to relieve pressure,
the press ram lowered and the third bullet inserted into the die
body window. A common 1/2 inch box wrench is used to turn
To load bullet lube into the lube pump, unscrew
the cap (counter clockwise) about three turns and
slide the piston, screw and cap assembly out of
the reservoir. The reservoir will hold about two
sticks depending on brand of lube. The best way
to fill the reservoir is to melt the lube in a double boiler and pour it into the reservoir. As with
any bullet lubricator, this method avoids trapped air in the reservoir. Back the piston up the
screw (left hand thread: counter clockwise), carefully slip the piston back into the reservoir and
screw the cap back on. If it is inconvenient to melt the lube, skewer the stick of lube on the screw
and mash it into the reservoir until the cap meets the threads on the reservoir. You may need to
alternately turn the screw a half turn counter clockwise each time you turn the cap a half turn
clock wise. Leave the cap a quarter turn or so loose to let air escape. When the piston reaches
the end of it’s travel at the bottom of the reservoir it is no longer full engages on the screw.
Be careful. Applying excess pressure to try to force just a little more lube out could strip the
threads in the aluminum piston.
Where the lube is applied along the bullet’s shank is adjusted
by screwing the die body up or down in the press frame and locking it in
place with the lock ring. In the picture at left, the die body should be
screwed down in the press frame so that the bottom grove is filled and
the nose is not greased. Think of the bullet as in a fixed position at
the top of the punch at the top of the ram stroke. Screwing the die
body and the die up or down in the press frame moves where the
lube is applied up or down. The lube holes in the die body span
0.4 inches longitudinally. Position rings around the punch facilitate
lubing bullets with more than .4 inches of lube rings. Pick out a ring
that, as it appears at the bottom of the window, allows filling the top
grove, apply pressure to the lube pump, with pressure on, continue raising the ram to fill the
bottom groves at the top of the ram stroke.
Dies are available in .001 inch increments.
They screw into the top of the die body.
Dies are available to accomidate bullets with different shank lengths
DIE BODY WITH LOCK RING AND PUNCH
click Buy Online tab to see available calibers………….$69.99
LUBE PUMP ASSEMBLY………………………………….....……$62.49
An extra lube pump will allow you to change lubes quickly.
DIE click Buy Online tab to see available diameters each $19.49
1/2 inch BOX WRENCH (Gearwrench Stubby)in case you
don’t already have one………….............................$12.00
7/32 HEX WRENCH fits the set screw that attaches the
lube pump to the die body.
Again, you probably already have one but for those who
45, 40, and 38 cal. are in stock. We will be doing 50 cal. and 32 cal.
The lube pumps will interchange. Everything else is caliber specific.
S. D. Meacham Tool & Hardware Co. Inc
37052 Eberhardt Rd, Peck, ID 83545
Or buy online at www.meachamrifles.com click on the BUY ONLINE tab above