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Post by Reload3006 on Mon Sep 19, 2011 3:40 pm

Well I finally did it I just ordered 2 check makers from Pat marlin ... a 35 cal and a 44 cal Will keep ya all posted on it. If it works as advertised it will pay for its self in no time with checks at 40+$ a thousand.
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Post by XbonesX on Mon Sep 19, 2011 4:36 pm

I've been thinking about buying one in 30 cal, even though I dont cast a lot. But also been waiting on Rick Rolling Eyes

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Post by scorge30 on Tue Sep 20, 2011 1:34 am

Let me know how they work out. I have heard good things about both the Pat Marlin's and the Freechex (sp?) on EBay.

Depends on where you get your material to make the checks. If you happen to have a source for free scrap sheet tin, copper or aluminium you could probably recoup the cost sooner.

If you have to buy sheet tin from places like Lowes, Home Depot, Michaels, Craft Mart, etc than it might take a while longer for the cost to be made back.

Also depend on how much you value your time.

We used to cast pretty heavy until all the indoor ranges went lead free. Only one regulated outdoor range is still permitting lead bullets but it is an hour and a half drive from me.
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Post by Reload3006 on Tue Sep 20, 2011 7:00 am

lol I work in a machine shop my boss "owner" said that i could have all the sheet scrap I wanted .. .So Materials will be free for me. Time I consider free too. and I am lucky enough to live in free America I can shoot what I want LOL. Besides I own the range I shoot at most often LOL. Its my farm I guess everyone has different circumstances. Very Happy Yet still with gas checks for 44 at 50+ a thousand it only will take 2,000 to pay back with money to spare.
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Post by hawcer on Tue Sep 20, 2011 8:34 am

Cool...let us know how they work out for ya. I can see alot of possible wheeling and dealing for some of your gas checks down the road.

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Post by scorge30 on Tue Sep 20, 2011 9:39 pm

Like Hawcer said ...
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Post by Daywalker on Thu Sep 22, 2011 10:32 am

Does Pat have them in stock? What is the turn around time?

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Post by Reload3006 on Thu Sep 22, 2011 10:53 am

LOL I don't know i ordered them he has my money I'll let you know
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Post by scorge30 on Thu Sep 22, 2011 11:30 am

Now I am surprised that either Daywalker or Pathfinder have not gotten either a Freechex or a couple from Pat Marlin.

Making and selling your own gas checks might seem like a decent side line job. Not sure you could make your living that way, but some seem to make at least little cash on the side on Ebay.

If you search Ebay you will find several people selling gas checks made of aluminium. I have a few thousand lying around here somewhere. Over on cast boolits there was some lengthy and heated debate over using aluminium for checks.

I have a few .427 250 gr Keith-style boolits lubed with NRA 50-50 and gas checked with aluminium checks. Have not noticed any problems shooting them but since the anti-lead campaign, they have been sitting.
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Post by algunjunkie on Thu Oct 13, 2011 5:16 am

I've got one in 30 caliber, you will love it! Now if I can find more check making material.

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Post by scorge30 on Thu Oct 13, 2011 11:23 am

If you look over at the cast boolits forum there are several lengthy and heated debates on what material and the best manner to utilize it for making gas checks.

Most seem to think that aluminium roof sheeting is the best mostly found at Lowes & Home Depot. Others think that the copper and brass sheeting found at hobby places like Craft Mart, Michaels, Pauls, etc. is better.

Not sure what material 30-06 is using, but since he is getting it free, you can't beat the price.
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Post by Reload3006 on Thu Oct 13, 2011 12:04 pm

I haven't used anything yet as my dies have not came in. I have been collecting Brass shim stock .015 to try. I also have a huge roll of aluminum roof flashing left over from my house
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Post by scorge30 on Thu Oct 13, 2011 6:18 pm

There are several videos on Yutube of people cutting and making gas checks out of that aluminium roof flashing.

Not sure the thickness needed but on EBay there are several sellers that offer aluminium gas checks in large lots in various thickness.

Night Owl Enterprises makes a nifty little tool that will chamfer the bottom of your cast boolits to allow seating of a gas check. Makes a sneaky way to get gas checks on boolits not originally designed to have one.

Unless I am shooting Trail Boss which is made for plain lead boolits, I prefer to have a gas check on the butt of the bullet.

I have not messed around with various thickness of gas checks, but there are several sellers that offer different thickness for those that wish to play around. Some feel the thicker material gives a better seal, less leading and better velocities.
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Post by Daywalker on Thu Oct 13, 2011 6:43 pm

If I ever get into it, Roof Flashing that you can get from the hardware store is what I will be using. I got to test some samples out in my Winchester Model 94 and they worked great....

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Post by scorge30 on Thu Oct 13, 2011 6:47 pm

The roof flashing is fairly cheap, I wonder if you can get it on discount from stores like the thrift store or something.

If you have a friend in the construction or roofing business you can ask him for the left over ends of the roof lfashing rolls.
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Post by fatbeeman on Wed Nov 16, 2011 10:59 pm

I have 3 of pat marlin's check makers I have been using soda cans but think I will try some roof flashing next. I been shooting 30cal at little over 2000fps
and 22cal at 2250 fps. not trying to break any speed record just hunting and paper punching.
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Post by dartfreak75 on Thu Nov 17, 2011 11:55 am

let me know if they work il by some 35s off ya iv been thinking about casting for my 35 rem and the only thing stoping me is cost by the time i buy molds and checks and a sizer it would be cheaper to buy bullets but if i can get some cheap checks i may invest in some molds!
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Post by scorge30 on Thu Nov 17, 2011 12:47 pm

I have a similar problem to Dart - but I have the molds and the sizer already.

My problem lies in time and space - or rather not enough of either.

By the time I drag all the casting stuff out, clear the space in the garage, and get everything set I have ate nearly a full day.

Since my family and I did not buy the huge McMansion but actually live within our means, I just do not have the room.

When I did cast, we would set up once for marathon sessions casting several thousand boolits with three friends to help. My friends are currently deployed or stationed elsewhere.

So to summarize - I have been buying bullets.

But since I live in socialist-polluted state with the nanny mentality run amuk (from the Malay) we can't shoot bare lead indoors or any of the state ran ranges.

We've been fighting this as it raises the cost of shooting considerably - but I believe that is the point.

I think the gas check makers are a great tool and I am glad to see someone else enjoying working with them.

A quick search of Ebay reveals several persons selling gas checks made of various materials and thickness.

Not sure how many you would have to sell to pay for the tools or if that is even a concern.

I'd like to see Pat Marlin and the others like Freechecks make gas check tools in some of the more non-standard calibers.
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Post by fatbeeman on Sun Nov 20, 2011 8:16 pm

hi to all
I been making gas checks for my 35 rem and useing a 200gr. cast with a lee push thru sizer. I killed 4 deer last yr. and 2 this yr. I shoot a 336 marlin and with cast running 1950 fps can hold a 1 and 1/2 at 100 yds.
since I hunt thickets works fine for target and hunting.

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Post by algunjunkie on Sat Nov 26, 2011 11:18 am

Pat Marlin is making a plain base check maker. It uses a 0.009 thickness check material and fits right on the base of a standard bullet.

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Post by fatbeeman on Sat Nov 26, 2011 11:29 am

I have 3 of Pat marlin check makers 30 cal 22 cal 32 cal. but thinking of going with free chex. seems like its easier to use. I have been doing them on my lee cast press.
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Post by Reload3006 on Sat Feb 04, 2012 9:38 pm

well My 35 caliber check maker made it to the house Thursday. So like a giddy school kid I have been waiting to get down to the farm so I could play. I cut up some strips using straight tin snips. (all of this I will be bringing back to the city so I can play during the week) popped out about fifty blanks out of the .015 brass shim stock. then proceeded to cup them. WOW that was the best 75 dollars I have ever spent that tool works like its advertized to work. the checks come out looking like a gold version of a Lyman check you know the old Ideal ones but wow. I can hardly wait till my 44 set gets here. I am SOOOOOOOOO glad i canceled that order from Corbin MFG. I saved about 300 dollars and have a great tool. Hornady can smooch my behind if they think im paying 40 dollars a thousand for gas checks not gonna happen. when I get back to the city I will put up some pics.
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Post by eagle60 on Sat Feb 04, 2012 10:12 pm

Glad to hear that you saved some cash on your new toy and it is working well for ya Reload. Don't stay in the shop toooo long or momma will be mad :::
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Post by Sasquatch-1 on Sun Feb 05, 2012 8:50 am

Just one question for 3006, are you going to sell any of those "FREEZE PLUGS" to Canada? What a Face

PS this goes back to a thread on another forum
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Post by Reload3006 on Sun Feb 05, 2012 10:06 am

lol no I haven't sold any to anyone .... not too sure of the legalities even for us citizens .. I know to sell bullets you need a FFL license. But then I had the BATF tell me that that wasn't necessarily so as long as it wasn't considered a business. Gosh it makes your head spin.
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