View Full Version : Well I threatened to do it...Now its done

Doc Hoy
November 12, 2009, 06:47 PM
Built myself a loading press. Not as pretty as Triple P but functional.

November 12, 2009, 08:06 PM
That is a thing of beauty!

When I saw the title of your thread, I was going to post a pic of my homemade press. It is made from a pressure treated 2x6. Mine doesn't look so good compared to yours.

November 13, 2009, 12:59 AM

(Didn't your revolver come with a loading lever?;))

November 13, 2009, 01:03 AM
Nice job on the press Doc ... :eek: looks good!

November 13, 2009, 03:18 AM
Great job! That's a handsome loader! :)
What material are the blue blocks made of?

On THR, Duncinfrance made one a long time ago. It was first completed in post #9 and then he improved it in post #21.


Doc Hoy
November 13, 2009, 04:39 AM
Well, Yes the pistols all came with loading levers but I took them all off for better weight distribution. In fact I now look specifically for pistols without loading levers. :D

Actually I think you caught me. I am among those who once believed a loading press was not even close to being necessary. But the discussions about stresses on the frame including stress of loading prompted me to at least try this one out. The first spindle I made was for a Colt. My thinking was that it is only Colt brass frame revolvers need to be loaded with a press since other revolvers are better able to stand the stress. But then I decided to go ahead and make one for Ruger and Remington too.

Wanna buy some spare loading levers?

Doc Hoy
November 13, 2009, 04:53 AM
The blue blocks are made of a very dense ABS plastic.

When I worked as Training Director for a heavy construction company I worked on a project in which the mechanics installed liners in some of the dump trucks. The idea was to prevent wear on the beds of the trucks and so that material would slide out easier when the truck was dumped.

The installation made scrap pieces of this stuff available that were about two feet by four feet in size. It is exactly half an inch thick.

It is a dream to work with. It cuts easily. It is as tough as nails, almost bulletproof. It is strong enough that when I use the press, the alignment stays pretty true.

I put a chunk of this stuff on the top of the workbench I use for my pistols. I can lay a pistol part down and not have to worry about scratching the finish.

I love the stuff. I got a dozen pieces of it. (We did the experiment on 12 trucks) I am not looking forward to the time when I use the last piece of it.

November 13, 2009, 05:20 AM
It occurrs to me that the vivid blue color makes it look a lot like a Dillon reloading press.
And now that you need to come up with a name for it, and it's made from such wonderfully dense blue plastic, you should name it the Wonder Press, just like they came up with the name for all of that Blue Wonder stuff! :D

Doc Hoy
November 13, 2009, 05:40 AM
I christen thee...."Wonderpress"

I am thinking about a smaller version. The Triple P is a lot more compact.

Doc Hoy
November 13, 2009, 06:02 AM
I registered in THR and looked at those photos.

Makes mine look like it is a little bit much.:o

November 13, 2009, 09:43 AM
I got gypped!

My gun didn't come with a loading lever!


Doc Hoy
November 13, 2009, 10:02 AM

Thats a good'un.

BTW, Thanks for the kind compliment.

November 13, 2009, 10:33 AM
I just watched God's and Generals the other night for the I don,t know how many times. Saw a lot of pistols but nothing like that. They must have left them back in camp.

November 13, 2009, 02:35 PM
Good job Doc!

My design languishes while I collect better machine tools :o. My design is based on 6Gun4Fun's Triple P loader. Here's a thread showing it at post#13:


Doc Hoy
November 13, 2009, 03:43 PM

That is absolutely correct. That Triple P loader is very well designed. It is compact. It appears to be very stout. It is also very versatile. And the mechanical advantage of the handle must be really something. The only thing I would add to it is a small plunger that will fit inside the nipple hole to push a ball out of the chamber. It would have to be made of brass or aluminum(That would need a slight modification to the base as well).

I am not nearly that good.

Doc Hoy
November 13, 2009, 03:48 PM

I just looked at post 13. I thought you meant the Triple P was shown on post 13. Now I see it is your design.

I think I like your linkage better as being not as susceptible to binding up.

Love to see it when it is finished.

November 13, 2009, 04:42 PM
I think I like your linkage better as being not as susceptible to binding up. The linkage is a De-Sta-Co style toggle clamp I found at McMaster Carr. I show it slightly modified. The clamp came with flanges on the sides to bolt through. I plan to machine the flanges off, drill and tap some holes on the back, and use those to secure it with bolts that will pass through the upright member. The clamp is a bit stiff at the moment, but I figure it will loosen up with some use.... if I ever get around to building the thing.

Doc Hoy
November 13, 2009, 04:55 PM
Now I have to look inside the McMaster Carr catalogue.

November 13, 2009, 05:03 PM
Now I have to look inside the McMaster Carr catalogue. I think I bought part # 5093A58.

Yup.... just checked.

4V50 Gary
November 13, 2009, 06:49 PM
Your threat has been very productive and you are to be commended for seeing it through.

Doc Hoy
November 13, 2009, 07:54 PM
Thanks, Gary.

Next step is to make one that is not so big I have to go by a bigger pickup to haul it around. :o

November 15, 2009, 01:24 AM
Thanks. I ended up coming over here from THR forums because of your cylinder loader.
Now I've got a 5093A58 on the way ...plus ideas up the ying-yang.

November 15, 2009, 02:27 AM
Very nice!!


Doc Hoy
November 15, 2009, 06:10 AM
Thanks for the compliment.

Doc Hoy
November 15, 2009, 06:12 AM
My recommendation; A good loading press does not have to be as big as the one in my photos here.

I will probably come to regret making it so big.


Welcome to the forum.

November 15, 2009, 10:16 AM
Nice job Doc, I'd call it the "Blue Wonder" as in "I wonder where he got that blue stuff":D

November 19, 2009, 01:22 AM
I picked up a DE-STA-CO 603 toggle clamp at the local Graingers last night.
I welded 2 pieces of 2" channel steel together.
4" base and 6.5" upright. The 'Press' was bolted to the upright, and a 5/16" bolt was installed in the end of the plunger after the hex head was ground to fit into the cylinder's bores.
A 7/16" bolt fits the cylinder for the arbor, so I cut down a grade 8 bolt and used the head and unthreaded portion. After measuring several times, I drilled the 7/16" hole and pushed the bolt up from the bottom of the base, then tig welded it in place. Pefect fit. Now I need to make an aluminum thrust washer to protect the ratchet face on the back of the cylinder.
It's a single purpose loader. It fits my Pietta Marshal 1851 .44. I presume it also fits 1860 and 1861 cylinders? also it would work on 36 caliber cylinders with a new plunger tip.
The 1863 pocket Remmie was a gift from my wife.

Doc Hoy
November 19, 2009, 04:17 AM
Very cool and also very compact.

Out-friggin-standing, Chief!