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    Yesterday, 05:31 PM
    midnight replied to a thread More Tight Wad Swaging in Swaging
    You know how sometimes your brain takes a day off. Mine just did. I was all excited about putting my 416 jackets in my 416 bullet mold and filling it with molten lead. Somehow I neglected to notice that the mold used in the pics above was a core...
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    04-07-2020, 12:25 PM
    midnight replied to a thread Better press for swaging? in Swaging
    IMHO as Dean Grennel used to say, the Walnut Hill is the most versatal press out there. I use three for swaging but I find myself always finding new ways to use it. I made a whole set of adapters from short 7/8-14 grade 8 bolts. I square the bottom...
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    04-05-2020, 07:34 AM
    midnight replied to a thread More Tight Wad Swaging in Swaging
    Nominal base diameter of 30-30, 40 S&W, & 10 mm are all about the same at around .423 but in practice, I have fired 30-30s whose bases measure .416. I need a jacket a little under 1 1/4 in long to make a 350 gr bullet. 40 S&W are about .85 long & 10...
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    04-04-2020, 10:44 PM
    I have a derim die from Richard Corbin to derim 22WMR to 243s. I plan to make some 100gr 25 calibers for a 14 twist Savage 1920 & some lighter ones for a 256 Winchester. Anyone with experiance making 25 caliber bullets from these jackets feel free...
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    04-04-2020, 09:51 PM
    midnight replied to a thread More Tight Wad Swaging in Swaging
    Glad I found this thread. I'm trying to do something very similar. I want to make some jacketed .416 bullets for a 416 GNR. I can make jackets from 30-30 brass. I size the body of the case a thousanth or two and shear the rim off. I was thinking of...
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    04-02-2020, 08:35 AM
    If you are using a swage press as I do you only have 1 1/2 inch of stroke. By the time you raise the die enough to get a case on the end of the punch, you don't have enough stroke to get the case all the way through the die, thus the need for a...
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    03-31-2020, 08:36 AM
    All you need is a short length of mild steel push rod a bit smaller in diameter than the sizing ring. Bring down the ram and place the pusher on top of the punch annd finish pushing the case through the ring. Lower the ram, remove the push rod & put...
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    03-30-2020, 03:25 PM
    I too have noticed some variation in the noses of 224 bullets formed with 22 lr case jackets. I have had slightly better luck using cores swaged in an old Biehler & Astles core swage die. They used an idea that seems to have been lost in the...
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    03-25-2020, 08:47 AM
    Starline 357 brass costs $0.17 ea and 360 DW brass costs $0.19 ea. Decide for yourself if it is worth the two cents. I listened to Grumpa who was the guru for making 25-20 & 256 Win brass while he was with us. He said a couple of things, one was...
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    03-15-2020, 07:17 AM
    I would like to see them make 256 Winchester but as long as they continue making 360 Dan Wesson I will happily make my 256s from them. Bob
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BP Bronze Point IMR Improved Military Rifle PTD Pointed
BR Bench Rest M Magnum RN Round Nose
BT Boat Tail PL Power-Lokt SP Soft Point
C Compressed Charge PR Primer SPCL Soft Point "Core-Lokt"
HP Hollow Point PSPCL Pointed Soft Point "Core Lokt" C.O.L. Cartridge Overall Length
PSP Pointed Soft Point Spz Spitzer Point SBT Spitzer Boat Tail
LRN Lead Round Nose LWC Lead Wad Cutter LSWC Lead Semi Wad Cutter
GC Gas Check