December 6th, 2008

Titanium Nitride-Coated Custom Dies from CH4D

CH4D custom Titanitum Nitride dieNeed a custom full-length sizing die? Want something very special that will be gentle on your brass, reduce sizing effort, not rust, and never wear out? Tool-maker CH Tool & Die, CH4D.com, offers custom sizing dies, with optional Titanitum Nitride (TiN) coatings inside and out. Internal die dimensions can be set from fired brass you supply, a chamber cast, or specifications you provide (which could be based on a reamer print, with the dimensions tightened up slightly). Cost for a custom sizer die is $80-$130, depending on chambering (common calibers cost less). TiN coating adds to the price. Add $36.50 for the TiN die body, $10.80 for TiN expander ball.

CH4D custom FL dies are conventional full-length sizers without bushings. If you need to vary the neck tension, have the die spec’d for “normal” tension and then use a separate bushing neck-sizer when you need more tension. Normal turn-around time for a CH4D custom die is 10-12 weeks; TiN coating can add 2-3 weeks to that.

CH4D’s Dave Davison explains: “Titanium Nitride coatings have been used in industry for many years, primarily to extend the life of carbide tools. It has not been useful in reloading until recent advances in technology permitted TiN coating a die without softening the steel of the die itself. A TiN coated sizer in 308 Win showed no measurable wear after sizing 50,000 rounds. Although Titanium Nitride is harder than carbide and has a lower coefficient of friction it does not eliminate the need for lubricant when full-length sizing cases. It does reduce sizing effort considerably and minimizes the lubricant required. TiN-coated dies will live longer and require less force to operate than any die available. If you ever manage to wear out your TiN coated die, we will replace it at no charge. All we ask is that you tell us how many rounds you’ve loaded with it.”

CH4D can coat other manufacturers’ dies with Titanium Nitride. However, CH4D cautions: “TiN coating other manufacturers’ dies can be done, and is usually successful. However we have no control over the material or heat treatment of these dies and cannot guarantee the results.”

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December 6th, 2008

Hot Holiday Deals at MidwayUSA

MidwayUSA is running some good bargains this month. For starters, MidwayUSA has announced a huge sale on Leupold VX-III scopes. (Midsouth Shooters Supply and Grafs.com are also offering specials on Leupolds currently.) Check MidwayUSA product listings for discounts up to $140.00. Here are sale prices on some popular models:

Leupold VX-III EFR Target Scope Adj. Obj. 6.5-20x40mm
Fine Duplex Matte, Product 468522, $529.99 marked down from $669.99.

Leupold VX-III Rifle Scope 4.5-14x40mm
Duplex Reticle Matte, Product 588146, $429.99 marked down from $529.99.

Leupold VX-III Rifle Scope 3.5-10x40mm
Duplex Reticle Matte, Product 385745, $399.99 marked down from $479.99.

Lapua Brass and Budget Items Discounted Also
You’ll find particularly good prices right now on nearly the whole line-up of Lapua brass. 6mmBR brass is $69.99 (discounted from $77.99) while and .308 Win brass is just $60.99/100, marked down from $67.99. There are some cheaper sources for Lapua brass, such as Bruno Shooters Supply, but this is a good deal for MidwayUSA.

Other “stocking-stuffer” reloading accessories are on sale. Frankford Arsenal Digital Calipers are marked down to $19.99. That’s a great deal on very functional calipers… not the best mind you, but perfectly acceptable as a back-up set. These are currently out of stock, but MidwayUSA expects more inventory 12/15 and the $19.99 price is good through the end of the year. Also through Dec. 31st, 22-caliber BoreSnakes are marked down from $14.99 to $12.99. While we much prefer (and recommend) cleaning with a one-piece rod and good bore guide, the BoreSnake is a useful “field expedient” cleaning device. It is particularly useful for AR15s and for rifles with enclosed receivers which cannot use a breech-entry cleaning rod.

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