Reloader refurbish

Reloader refurbish

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    Reloader refurbish

    My Dad sold his house and moved out to the country about 12 years ago. All the reloading equipment has been boxed up in the barn for 12 years. We dug it out this past summer, and it is all rusted up. We started the clean up today.
    Back in the early 80s my Dad bought a C&H autochamp progressive reloader. We have always had it set up for 45acp. We loaded 1000s of rounds on the machine. After 12 years in a barn, it was nearly unrecognizable. Dirt, rust, corrosion, mouse pee. It was locked up and just plain nasty. Luckily he still had the manual that has very detailed drawings of the complete assembly. We took the machine completely apart and bagged up all the parts. We spent all day cleaning in the parts washer, knocking off rust with the wire wheel, and glass beading. It is actually starting to look pretty good again.
    Wish I would have taken a few pictures before it was taken apart, but the old man still gets up earlier than me and had it half disassembled by the time I got to his house. Tomorrow we will start reassembly. I'll take a few pictures when it's back together.
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    Sounds like a fun and rewarding enterprise. Good luck!
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    Best of luck on your resurrection.
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    I have found that WD-40 and Hoppes #9 works well on rusted stuff like that.
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    Keep us posted with pics and successes
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    Have derusted several old complicated machines in my life. I let parts sit over night in a bucket filled with coca cola amazing stuff, than wire brush lastly emery cloth, good luck
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    Quote Originally Posted by Easy8 View Post
    Have derusted several old complicated machines in my life. I let parts sit over night in a bucket filled with coca cola amazing stuff, than wire brush lastly emery cloth, good luck
    Neat trick, I'll keep that in mind!
    We got 8 or 9" of snow last night, so I didn't make it out to work on it today. Called Dad, he has a bench all cleaned and the parts layed out ready for assembly. This will be a busy week, but I'm excited about getting back out there and getting this machine back together.

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    We got it back together tonight. We cycled brass through and adjusted and tweaked until it was working properly. We then installed and adjusted the 4 dies. We are setting up a new bench to permanently mount it. It will be nice to have this old machine working again!

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    Next up for repair/refurbish is a Star and a Lyman bullet luber/sizer. They are about the same level of crustiness the reloader was before we started on it. I also have close to a dozen sets of bullet moulds that are in need of a serious cleaning. I'll get before and after pics of those as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by novaX522 View Post
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    We got it back together tonight. We cycled brass through and adjusted and tweaked until it was working properly. We then installed and adjusted the 4 dies. We are setting up a new bench to permanently mount it. It will be nice to have this old machine working again!
    Nice job, looks brand new.
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    Quote Originally Posted by novaX522 View Post
    We took the machine completely apart and bagged up all the parts. We spent all day cleaning in the parts washer, knocking off rust with the wire wheel, and glass beading. It is actually starting to look pretty good again. Tomorrow we will start reassembly. I'll take a few pictures when it's back together.
    The family that scrubs rusty mouse pee together, stays together.

    Sounds like a fun project. Once it's all running like clockwork, I can see a cool afternoon involving shooting the reloads on the back 40 followed by cracking a beer in self-congratulation. Then, ask him about the Thompson or Lee-Enfield he's got stashed away down there ... in the mouse stuff.


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    Have derusted several old complicated machines in my life. I let parts sit over night in a bucket filled with coca cola amazing stuff ...
    Ah, so the "rat cancer" warnings are true. And apparently scrubs off rust better than most harsh chemicals. Makes you think twice about swilling the stuff.
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    So does brake fluid.

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    I have found that WD-40 and Hoppes #9 works well on rusted stuff like that.
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    The C&H Autochamp progressive reloader is a very good press. Good luck on the cleaning. I had to go through something similar when I stored my Dillon RL 550B. It wasn't quite as bad as you described though.
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    I bought a Forster Bonanza that was in similar condition at a fleamarket for $8.00! After cleaning it up I soaked it in Marvel Mystery Oil and it worked great! I was not familiar with the Bonanza model but it is really a decent press and pretty well made. Good luck!
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    Worked on some bullet moulds last night. The moulds that were filled with lead cleaned up perfect. The moulds that were open cleaned up pretty good.
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