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Old 09-08-2011, 05:51 AM   #11 (permalink)
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You should find someone near you who is a reloader, so they can resize the neck area of the cartridge.
The cases used at the funeral were more than likely blanks, and they have a crimping on the neck to hold the disk ahtat kept the powder in.
You will want to get the crimp straightened out in order to properly hold your bullef nib, and so the transition is smooth.
If you want to send them to me, I can do it for you, if you find no one near you. Will also remove the primer at the same time, and drill out the primer pocket to the size you want/need.

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Old 09-08-2011, 07:34 AM   #12 (permalink)
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I tried to follow the tutorials but still had problems so I changed the method for doing 30 cal. cartridges.

I cut the base off the bullet with the small HF chop saw and then melted the lead out. Put bullet in drill chuck tip first, drill hole thru tip and them ream out the side of the bullet. Reverse the bullet and using file, smooth off the bullet tip and verify that refill will fit properly. Then chuck a piece of brass tube and with file, file off enough for it to slip into the bullet, and glue the tube in place with JBWeld. Cartridge is sized for 30 cal bullet and primer pocket drilled out with 'I' bit. Cut bullet/tube to correct length based on caliber used and seated to where the tube is flush with case rim. Pressure is applied to the bullet when I install the tranny but have not had any movement of the bullet so far.

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Old 09-08-2011, 07:59 AM   #13 (permalink)
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I've only made a few "bullet pens", and followed the tutorials on using the 7mm slimline tubes, transmission, clip, top finial cap, and "cross"-type refill. Some of the ones I made never looked right using a standard slimline clip - the ball clip looks better in my opinion.

I made one for my brother-in-law that used the 7mm tubes and slimline transmission, a threaded bushing for the 7mm euro roundtop cap at the top, and an 8mm flat-top finial/logo from HUT and 8mm flat-top american clip. I was able to make the profile of the top barrel match the top diameter of the casing a little better, and the clip was more pleasing to me than the slimline clip. To do this, I just bought the parts I needed from HUT and Wood-N-Whimsies instead of sacrificing 3 different pen kits. A picture of the pen is here:
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Old 09-08-2011, 10:20 AM   #14 (permalink)
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Take Jerry's offer, unless you know someone locally.

That is a starting point, no matter WHAT pen you want to make!!
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Old 09-08-2011, 07:50 PM   #15 (permalink)
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I like to thank all that have given me your suggestion. Ed might take you up on your offer !!!LOL Rockton, IL to your city is maybe 1hr away.Again Guys thanks Louie
I will put a picture up on IAP when completed.
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