Hand Cannelure Tool
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Catalog No.: HCT-1
Shipping Weight: 2.00 pounds
HCT-1 Hand Cannelure Tool puts factory-perfect serrated
cannelure grooves around jacketed bullets or straight wall, rimless
cartridges such as the 9mm and 45ACP. It can also be used for hard
lead bullets, but the HCT-2 or HCT-3 tools are recommended
for knurling or grooving soft lead bullets.
The tool handles bullets from 0.172 to 0.720 diameter in
two range settings. The depth of cannelure and position on
the bullet or case can be set precisely.
The optional HCT-1KIT consists of replacement smooth rollers (2)
and axles with retainers. It is generally not required
except for repairing worn or damaged tools.
The optional HCT-1W and HCT-3W wheels are spares, or to convert
the HCT-1 to the HCT-3 (lead bullet grooving tool). They
too are generally not required as the wheels last a long
time in normal use.
Bullets are placed on a roller V-way, and the upper half
of the tool swings down to press a hardened embossing wheel
against the bullet. A 0.050-inch standard width groove is quickly
rolled into the bullet as you press down on a large padded
handle and turn a crank two or three full turns. Then open
the handle, remove the bullet, and place another on the
V-way. You can process at least four bullets per minutes.
A particularly useful feature is application of a
cannelure in a better location on factory bullets, such as
the .40 caliber (10mm) as used in a .38-40 WCF.
* Note 1
The spare or optional extra embossing wheel can be mounted
on the same crank shaft as the one which comes with the tool
in order to roll two side-by-side .050-wide grooves. Why?
Identifications, optional seating depth positions, other
personal reasons having to do with childhood trauma perhaps...
It can be done, some people want to do it. Some folks get a spare because they worry about
wearing out the original, but that's not very likely unless you are using steel jacket bullets.
* Note 2
Optional 2-groove wheel is the one from the HCT-3
lead bullet grooving tool. You can replace the .050-wide
cannelure embossing wheel with the wider .080-inch dual
groove wheel for use on lead bullets (only!). This means
you have the equivalent of both the HCT-1 and the HCT-3
if you don't mind changing them back and forth. I don't
recommend doing this only because it's so much quicker
to have both tools handy than to be changing the wheel
back and forth. There is always a little wear and tear
on machinery when you remove and replace parts that were
designed to be left alone for years, also.
I'd rather sell two tools than one, and you'd probably
rather not take the time to change the parts very often,
but if we disregard those issues, changing wheels works
well enough and saves a little money.
* Note 3
The reason I don't generally recommend converting the
HCT-1 to the HCT-2 knurling tool is that there are too
many parts to change. The HCT-2 has both a diamond knurl
embossing wheel the width of the tool, and two diamond
knurl support rollers. So you would change three different
axle-mounted rollers or wheels to convert. It really
makes more sense to just get the HCT-2 in addition, and
not have to switch parts every time you want to go from
jacketed bullets to lead bullets. The HCT-3 lead grooving
tool, on the other hand, uses just one different part so
it isn't quite as time consuming to convert the HCT-1 for
a dual-groove lead embossing wheel. But still, it does save a little money to change one basic tool provided you don't switch it often. Then the time and inconvenience adds up and a second tool seems like a much better idea!
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