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Hi all,

I read through the old stickies at the top, I'd kill for an original or repro 1918 loader, but the cost is off the scale for me.

Even the jj loader in the $300 range is too pricey. I'm in deep on this project already.

The $30-40 loaders mentioned or even the wood loader are where I need to focus, but I can't seem to find any remaining info on how to get/build one of these cheapies.

Anyone got a lead on a CHEAP way to easily load up cloth belts? I've got 6 100rnd belts enroute I'd like to load up until I can find some 250s at a later date.

Thanks for the help!!
 

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The Woody returns with a vengence

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 picture shows a 1/2 inch ID sleeve bearing cut to fit the handle and sticking down about 3/16 inch to push links in place this is for links only, it will tear up a belt..
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.

Maybe someone could make this latest post a sticky.
 

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Here's my take on a woody


I have less then $5 into it...I started out with a sparkplug boot puller that never really worked good for what it was intended to do...Cut off the plastic coating...Then took a 1/2 nylon lock washer and cut it in 1/3's and welded it to the end's of the boot puller....The rest explans itself...Everything it's made of is stuff that was laying around the shop...It dose not load belts any faster then you can by hand , but It sure saves you the blisters.
 

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That first one is the one I was imagining, but It looks like some kind of bushing is installed into the handle where it connects with the cartridge. I read, and reread this write up and have no idea what bushing that would be. The rest of it is painfully obvious.
 

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It's a bearing sleeve sticking below enough to push links into position.

Woody does links, sounds like some sort of porno movie about devient behavior with breakfest sausage.

Think about that next time you stop at Dennys for the grand slam
 

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GUNNER 50 ,
I love yours But i would fire the welder LOL it works that is enough
Oh , I did....And let me tell you...It's not easy firing a blind monkey...There was a lot of screeching , chest pounding , and poop throwing...But when I was done, he got the point..;)...Lol
 

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Getting a woody...revisited.

Someone PM'd me about the woody so I bumped it up.
 

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Just an idea

I wanted a Single loader from JJ custom llc but i was too late i emailed him and he is out of stock and I am currently on a waiting list for another run Heres a link:
http://www.jjcustomllc.com/system/sh...et=tlx_picb5eg


I was walking through the Harbor freight and I saw this a portable pocket hole jig kit:

http://www.harborfreight.com/http-ww...6264-html.html

I was thinking about maybe altering it alittle to be able to press a bullet in the belt

Now by no means am I talking down about JJ custom (That single loader that he makes looks really nice) this is just an idea I came up with to make my own custom one

Just thinking out of the box, any thoughts or comments
 

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It's a bearing sleeve sticking below enough to push links into position.

Woody does links, sounds like some sort of porno movie about devient behavior with breakfest sausage.

Think about that next time you stop at Dennys for the grand slam
Ok I was planning on having breakfast in the morning but now can never go to Dennys again lol
 
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