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Old 05-17-2010, 03:31 PM
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I was looking at this tool on Brownells to load moon clips for my 325NG. Is there anything better, or cheaper, to do this with?

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DUDE its $4. How much cheaper do you need it?

Deluxe Moon Clip Tool is $40.
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I bought the plastic RIMZ moon clips. You don't need a tool to load/unload these clips. I've not had any reliability issues with them at all.

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I just lay the rounds on a thin piece of scrap wood and snap the moon down over it. Nothin' to it. You need something under the round to prevent dents -- do not try this on your coffee table. I use regular steel moon clips because I can get them for $30/100 (+ $5 shipping) from Old Sarge's Drop Zone. Lots cheaper and more durable than Rimz.
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jimonfly;
I have the Deluxe Moonclip tool and it works fine. However, if I had known about the tool you show, THAT is what I would have bought.

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You will need both the tool AND the mandrel (total cost will be double but still "small change" to my way of thinking).

I have both steel AND RIMZ clips. The Rimz clips are THE answer for normal range shooting, but action shooting I would want the steel clips. Steel requires tools for both loading and unloading but are more reliable during speed reloads.

I have a pair of 625's in .45 ACP and shoot 5000-7500 rounds per year through them.

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Dillon has two other tools in their catalog.
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DUDE its $4. How much cheaper do you need it?

Deluxe Moon Clip Tool is $40.
Thunderball, if it was $4 then it would be mine by now. The tool is $42 and the arbor is $4.

I do like the mooncliptool. Its similar to what Dillon sells. I've thought about the plastic clips and will probably pick some up for the range, but I think steel seems more reliable.

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I agree with Loco Weed. I place my rounds on my loading bench, heavy particle board, and just push the clip over. I do use a CCW Demooner. I will load 30-40 clips at a time with no problem. I was at a match the other week and a guy was using Rimz clips and everytime he dropped an empty clip one or two empties came loose. Steel is the way to go for matches.

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I just hold the loaded cartridge between thumb and forefinger and "roll" it into the clip; easier to show than tell.

I use the tube-type demooner that catches the empties.
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Sorry about that. The first thing I saw on the linked page was $4. I have the deluxe moon clip tool and like it.
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Check out the moon clip thread on this board. I made a tool out of 1/2 copper tube. The pics are in the thread and it works very well. I wish I could post some pics but I cant yet.
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DUDE its $4. How much cheaper do you need it?

After paying for a 325NG, who has money for moon clips?
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I love my moonsetter. I think it is a wonderful tool.
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I am not real fond of that Moonsetter tool. I find it awkward to use and it does not line up properly on the .357 8 shot clips. Sorta need three hands to get it all to work right. There must be a better way. I think it is easier to load the clips by hand than using the Moonsetter. Unloading, I use the Brownells tool. Works great.
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Thunderball, if it was $4 then it would be mine by now. The tool is $42 and the arbor is $4.

I do like the mooncliptool. Its similar to what Dillon sells. I've thought about the plastic clips and will probably pick some up for the range, but I think steel seems more reliable.

Thanks, Jim
Plus one on the Mooncliptool. Moons/Demoons can be set up for multiple calibers, well thought out and well made.

Here's mine:

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