IMO the PR tools are much better than the BPI tools. Re; the BPI tools have one steel roll pin that contacts the the hull mouth where the PR tools have 3 milled grooves creating 3 contact points. Very much like the old Lyman tools. The 3 contact points make a smooth and even crimp by building up and transferring heat more evenly than the 1 contact point + the single contact point of the BPI roll pin can wobble especially if doing by hand w/a hand drill, in a drill press its a little more controlled but still not optimal. The BPI tools work but the PR tools are simpler/easier to work with.
The only BPI tool I've found to work as well as the PR tools is their 20ga tool w/the pin removed, works perfectly on 24ga hulls without having to go abroad for one.
My rig; a bench top drill press from a pawn shop set at low ~250rpm, a MEC SuperSizer bolted to the base acts as re-sizing station and hull vise + a few PR RC tools, and what works best for my process is to touch the flame tip of a propane torch to the rotating RC tool for ~5-10 seconds (hot cup of coffee hot) at the start of RC'ing session, works flawlessly.
Again, thanks for the heads-up...
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Thanks for the heads up. It is pretty sad that the $5 off finally convinced me to take the plunge. Looking forward to trying it out. Picked up some more DR16s and some overshot cards while I was at it.
Joined: 04 Mar 2008
Location: Lowcountry Ga.
I ordered a .410 crimper. Thanks for the heads up. I have a BP .410 crimper and it seems to be okay; however, the steel is so soft that the jaws of my electric hand drill pressed the shaft of the crimper into a triangular shape.
Joined: 01 Jul 2005
Location: Crow River Bottomlands of Minnesota
In my opinion, (I have 4 BPI rc tools) the Precision Reloading tool referred to in this thread is superior to the BPI. And at a price low enough that I am going to own another two rc tools. Reloading stuff is like sex, one can never have enough.
In fact, my 70 year old BGI hand crank tools are superior to the BPI. The difference is the BPI has only one curling pin in its crimping device. All the others have at least 3 and some have 4 pins.
And the price of the PR tool is substantially lower than the BPI.
Joined: 22 Aug 2011
Location: the Moosehorn
I have the 10,12,&16 tools from PR and they work very well in a small drill press . I found that after doing about 25 rounds they wear in and with a tiny bit of "Pam" on the tool every 10 rounds or so the results are impressive.
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