3-Projects With One From My “Bucket List”

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Project by HillbillyShooter posted 07-29-2012 09:57 PM 7359 views 3 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

With temperatures steaming in the low 100s, I’ve hibernated to my shop lately since it’s too hot to shoot at the gun club, and the trout aren’t really biting in this weather.

However, it is summer. My biological clock says its time to shoot, so my mind turns to those things related to shooting and, in this case, reloading. It’s easy to fire through several thousand rounds a season.

For the last five or six years I’ve been using a cardboard box to catch the completed rounds as they come off the press. Every time I reload I think how nice it would be to have a wooden tray/tote to catch my rounds, particularly one that would hold more than 65-75 rounds. I’ve mentally designed the idea tote, but just never got around to making it—leaving it on my “bucket list” for those “someday projects.”

As each shell is reloaded, it drops into the box. My “shell catcher tote” needed to have ramps which would direct the shell away from that point where it drops into the tote, since they build up in that immediate area and bounce out all over the place. The tote had to be large enough to hold approximately 250 rounds (a case). It also had to lock over the bench dog that holds the press on the bench; and, it had to fit around the walnut riser assembly used to raise the press so I could install counters (two counters: one cumulative and a second for current load count).

You can see in the first three photos that the tote locks over the bench dog and wraps around the riser. Will it hold 250 rounds? I am too busy building it to stop and reload that many, but I’m sure it’s going to hold more that 65 rounds. Photo 4 shows the three 45-degree ramps I incorporated in the design to direct the shells throughout the entire tote and avoid the build up problems. And, photo 5 shows the new tote beside the cardboard catcher I had been using.

Thanks for looking and comments are always welcome.

P.S. The other two wood working projects are: (1) the wood bench hook that I mount the press to the bench with, which is the solid brown, bottom piece; and (2) the walnut riser which is actually Baltic birch with walnut veneer, containing many angles and various mounts for the two counters. The bench hook was built back in 2005 when I started reloading. The walnut riser was constructed during the winter of 2006/2007.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#1 posted 07-29-2012 11:37 PM

Great utility project. I built a small bench that I take to the range to work up benchrest and varmint cartridges. I hadn’t thought of making a project and showing it. Lyman used to sell the same thing, but when I was looking for one, they weren’t available, so I made one. Good project.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#2 posted 07-29-2012 11:58 PM

Nice usable project!!...........Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#3 posted 07-30-2012 12:23 AM

I’d say that is an improvement. Nice job on the angle cuts.

-- Dewayne in Bainbridge, Ga. - - No one can make you mad. Only you decide when you get mad - -

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#4 posted 07-30-2012 12:40 AM

Oh, hell yea!!!!

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#5 posted 07-30-2012 12:21 PM

Nice job on the shell catcher. I think my husband has something like the first one you had.

-- Kelly, Allen,KS

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#6 posted 07-30-2012 08:47 PM

Thanks to everyone for looking. Although it is a utilitarian, practical project, it was fun to check one more item off my list and I enjoyed playing in my shop.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#7 posted 07-30-2012 10:09 PM



-- "The greatest pleasure in life is doing what others say you cannot do."-Walter Bagehot

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#8 posted 11-26-2012 03:09 PM

In a hundred years when we are all ong gone you may find your tote turns up on one of those antiques TV shows where the host asks what was this used for?

Great one of a kind project and very inventive

-- No one plans to fail, they just, just fail to plan

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#9 posted 09-28-2013 03:24 PM

Very cool idea. I need one of those.

-- Gary,Nebraska

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#10 posted 09-28-2013 07:20 PM

I always prefer projects than will be used and no just observed. Thanks for sharing. We just need to live closer to each other.

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#11 posted 10-21-2013 04:22 AM

Now that’s clever! My brother reloads ammo and he would love something like this! Thanks for the inspiration :)

-- Leave out the fiction. The fact is this friction will only be worn by persistence. Leave out conditions. Courageous convictions will drag the dream into existence.

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