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OK, a bit misleading, but was asked to include this in the loader section by kkkriverrat.
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Get a piece of hard maple or some other hard wood 1"x4" 12" long, rip it so you have a piece a full 2" wide this will be the body, the remaining piece will be the handle.
Clamp in a vise so you don't split the wood when drilling the holes. About 1 1/2 inches from one end of the of the 2" piece drill a 5/16 hole centered thru the 3/4 " side of the piece. Next, using the 5/16" hole as a pilot enlarge this hole to 9/16" to a depth of about 1 1/4 ".




These are the measurements for .30'06 for 7.62x51 or 8mm the depth of the hole will have to be adjusted. The depth of the hole controls how far the the belt will slip on to the cartridge. Ideally the leading edge of the belt should be at the case mouth or a little below (1/16") when the trailing edge of the belt bottoms on the body of the loader. When viewed from the 9/16 end of the hole you can see a shoulder that the base of the cartridge rests on, the 5/16" hole prevents pressure on the primer and possible surprises. The handle also gets 9/16" hole bored thru that will allow the handle to push down the belt.







From the pictures you can see how to mount the handle, and the adjustable stop. The hole at the far right is to hang up the loader, the screw in the top of the loader is used to hang the end of the belt on so you don't have so much weight hanging on the belt. This model has a sleeve bearing installed in the handle pivot hole and a thumb screw with a locking wing nut to keep the handle from coming loose. The small coil spring and the two picture hangers are used to hold the handle upright and keep it out of the way. Most times you don't even need the handle especially after the belt has been loaded a couple times. The first one of these I made didn't have a handle, and it worked almost as well.


Clamp the base of the loader in a vise, supporting the end hanging out of the vise with some scrap wood. Drop a cartridge base down in the 9/16" hole grasp the belt between the thumb and forefinger of each hand, spread a belt loop and pull down and wiggle the belt from side to side until the bottom of the belt contacts the loader.
Here are a couple of tips for use make, sure that all resizing lubricant is removed from the cartridges before loading, wear gloves when loading and wrap some tape on your left index finger, if you are right handed, between the knuckle and the first joint. This will prevent blisters on your finger from friction with the belt.

This is not a substitute for a real loader, but it's about $1,000 cheaper, you could make it without the handle in 15 minutes for about zero, and save some money that could be spent on ammo or another
1919 or some other toy. This probably wouldn't be practical for FA shooters, they burn up a lot of ammo, but it works for me. I can load a 100 round belt in about 10 minutes or less.






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sweeeet, when i get my tools unloaded again im definately gonna try this one!
 

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American hands on engineering for a simple task made functional & cheap.:cool: :)
 

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great idea!

I stole your idea, kind of, and drilled a piece of oak with ten holes spaced properly.
Got an arbor press cheaply from Harbor Freight (one ton, for the stroke) and I can load ten at a time using Izzy links, with a stroke of the handle.

Thanks for the idea, I'm happy with my throughput.
Works for cloth belts too!

 

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I'm interested

How about a picture?
 

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Good Idea!!

I don't use links, (I have them in case of a hi cap magazine ban) But I think I will take your idea and fabricate something.

Always nice to see someone thinking
 

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Woody Does Links!

No this is not the title of a porno movie about deviant behavior with breakfast sausages!

I have had some 1919 links for a while, but only pushed a few of them together by hand just to see what they were like. Got out woody and and fitted a 1 1/2 inch long 1/2 in OD X 3/8 in ID sleeve bearing into the hole in the handle, let it protrude out the bottom 1/8 in and adjusted the the handle stop. It could be pinned in place with a transverse pin near the top of the handle, but with my handle I just screwed a stop plate over the top of the hole to hold the sleeve bearing in place.

Works great, but I wouldnt leave the sleeve in place for belts it would probably tear them up pretty quickly.

I'd put up a picture, but the "manage attachments" isn't working.
 

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bump

A new member was looking for information on this setup, so I am bumping it up so they can find it.

Enjoy your woody!:eek:

Brian
 

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Anyone try this on metal links?
 

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I Love the number of loaders folks have made out of spit and baling wire it shows the creativity and ingeniousness of the minds on this forum :cool::cool::cool::cool::cool: !
 

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I Love the number of loaders folks have made out of spit and baling wire it shows the creativity and ingeniousness of the minds on this forum :cool::cool::cool::cool::cool: !

Mostly I'm just cheap.
 

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MAKE THIS A STICKY!

The contraption I made with a 2x4 and some angle iron is stone aged compared to this. Its going to be some time until I get around to building this, but Id like to find it again.
 
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