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Hi all, just wanted to ask the cloth belt loader gurus here, a technical question, on the old brass type 1918 type loader, the needle type that I have.

I was wondering: will the large brass, rectangular looking ammo feed hopper from the earlier loader, of from a similar type, or from what looks like a Clot 1918 type belt loader, will fit or and will work with my loader, as it currently has the steel strip ammo feed, the one that is placed diagonally in a cutout in the bottom of the loader's wooden box.

I saw a similar type brass Colt belt loader, it was stamped Colt, (but it looked remarkably close in design to a Browning 1918 type loader), with that type of an ammo hopper on it, at a show some time ago, but the seller at that time did not know much about it, and I did not have my loader conveniently with me/on me at that time, to compare the two.

So, wanted to ask those who do have the both of these loaders, or those who know all about these types of loaders, Will the brass hoper fit, or did they make one for the Browning 1918 Loader, or will the Colt one fit/work ? I believe there was also an Argy type Colt loader made, that also used a brass hopper with it, will that fit/work ?

Pleas let me know, any info and any help is always appreciated, as this is a learning process.

Thanks. Jim.
 

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One of the old time gun gurus here made a chute which plugged in where the original did and laid an angled , flattish tray out at a slight upward angle that you simply dropped the ammo in and crank . As long as the bullet end faced the correct way you just poured them in and they would feed .
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Thanks for responding, this is good useful info, I will follow up on.
Appreciate you pointing me in the right direction.
Jim.
 

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...good question..

The brass funnel-type load device was originally used on the 1928 COLT-Argentine belt loader...as it was very similar to the 1918 loader and used most of the same parts. Yes...it will fit on the 1918 loader properly. However,this type funnel was designed for the 7.65 Arg cartridge which is similar to the .308 and very close to the same length. I have several of these brass funnels and will post a few photo's when I get to my digital camera. DSCN2789.JPG DSCN2787.JPG DSCN2790.JPG DSCN2788.JPG
 

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So, as a brass casting or 3 -D printing item it would not appear hard ( to my untrained eye anyway) to make it a 30-06 length doodad. Who has the technology to to make castings or #-D print an item like that ?
 

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...should be easy...

Anyone with a decent 3-D machine should be able to just lengthen the funnel proper and be able to feed 30/06.
 

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Once you had a 3D printed one that fit and worked, It would be pretty simple to do a sand cast brass one. Problem there is all my friends with the skill set and tech to cast are dead.
 

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They do 3D printing in sintered steel, brass, bronze, etc.

Not to say that sand casting isn't a viable method, but by printing it you can just skip having to buy/build a furnace to melt the brass. :rofl:
 

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...my offer...

OK guys. here is what I'd like to do. If someone wants to 3-D print one of these brass hoppers,I'll send them one. Only thing I ask is to make me a copy too. Email [email protected] and send mailing address.
 

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The brass funnel-type load device was originally used on the 1928 COLT-Argentine belt loader...as it was very similar to the 1918 loader and used most of the same parts. Yes...it will fit on the 1918 loader properly. However,this type funnel was designed for the 7.65 Arg cartridge which is similar to the .308 and very close to the same length. I have several of these brass funnels and will post a few photo's when I get to my digital camera. View attachment 91779 View attachment 91775 View attachment 91781 View attachment 91777
Thanks for replying L999here, this is the type of a brass hopper I remember seeing on that loader, if looking at it from the side, the one I saw was I think maybe an 1"- 2" taller in the vertical mount/stand area, but the hopper shape and size and flavor certainly looks like the one I saw. It is great that someone has these, and someone can even make more, I had no idea that was possible, but it is great that the technology exist to do it.

Thanks for all the info. Jim.
 
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