DrillDog Hollowpoint Pellet Maker Jig

As we mentioned in the DrillDog Big Bore Pellets Page you can make your own hollowpoints without having to cast or buying extra pellets.

Even though we expect to cast hollowpoints and offer them as well when time comes; for ourselves we have been making them just using our DrillDog Hollowpoint Jig.

It is simple, and you can make it as well by using some shop's scraps of wood/metal pieces like I have made; thus we are giving you a good beginner's thought and then put your hands to work in that small (big) or makeship shop you have. Many other ideas can be added to this one, as we already think to append some upgrades; but as it is, has work flawlessly, then we still keep it plain.

In the next picture you can see the DrillDog Big Bore pellets we often like to drill-in and convert them to hollowpoints: the 95 gr., 128 gr., and 162 gr.; thus with these three we intend to cover different distances and muzzle energy (fpe); nonetheless, you can choose another different one.

.356-357 [9 mm] cal., 95 gr. (left)  / .358 cal. [.357 Mag.], 128 gr. (center), and .358 cal. [.357 Mag], 162 gr. (right)

DrillDog Hollowpoint Jig

As you can see I still have room in the jig to open holes for more different calibers, as we will do soon. Here we are using it for the the DrillDog Big Bore Pellets we shoot. We may sell this Jig in the future, but for now the 24 hrs a day has, is not enough in our busy schedule. I have to find time for production, thus here you have the free version that you can fabricate yourself. In this case, on the pictures you see, I am using the DrillDog Big Bore Pellet .358-.357 128 gr. The hole was made with a 23/64 size drill bit.

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Once the pellets are in place, check the preset depth of the drill press, so you go only as deep as you want. In this picture a 5/32 drill bit was used to open the hollow-point-holes, but you could use any size you like; as with the .358 cal, 158 gr. I use a 11/64 bit. We have a complete set of drill-bits just for this type of work, in order to keep them sharp.

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Start moving your Jig to reach the position in which the drill bit will be in like with the first DrillDog Big Bore Pellet to begin drilling. In the beginning you may fail, but with practice it becomes easy and you can even move the jig around while drilling, to make the hole as centered as you need.

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Begin drilling one by one.


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If for some reason any of the big bore pellets begin spinning in its own hole while you are drilling, then it is not a bad idea to build from scratch one similar to the DrillDog Big Bore Pellet Obturator. In this next picture, left side; you can see also the .356-357 cal. 95 gr. pellet already with hollow points.


As the original hole of the metal piece is smaller than the one you drilled when making the whole jig, now by pushing the Obturator down , it will exert pressure over the slugs (while you are drilling) and the spinning will not occur. You can use it either along the jig, or individually with just one pellet.


In the beginning of making the jig, and before opening the big hole, you need to make one for the size of a duplex nail; or any other you use. First, take that duplex nail and flatten its sharp point to be used as a pusher once the pellets are ready to go.

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Introduce the duplex nail from underneath the jig to push the ready to go DrillDog Big Bore Pellet.

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With practice it becomes very easy and fast to make... now you are ready to shoot your first 10 DrillDog Big Bore Hollowpoint Pellets!... or be shrill and speedy to make the next batch in a twinkle of an eye.

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