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  • bigjake's Avatar
    07-08-2020, 06:05 PM
    Another question for all the .308 swagers, how deep is your 30 cal. point forming die? from the tip to the base. I made a D-bit out of a long 5/16" shanked center drill. its hard and tough. I fashioned an angle grinder to the tool post on the baby...
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    07-07-2020, 04:43 AM
    probably soft copper tubing or these drawn .223 brass that i got going.
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    07-06-2020, 02:35 PM
    I'm getting closer to completing that dreaded point forming die after 4 attempts. I know that boat tail bullets shoot best @ long range, at least in my .308 win caliber remington. But im just going for a good average flat base bullet for my home...
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    07-03-2020, 02:00 PM
    How much did they charge to fix the 29? I guess i'm a bit nervous about shipping. even if it is insured. they could never really replace my big baby:wink:
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    07-03-2020, 12:04 AM
    I have a S&W model 29 that a purchased around 1981 new that is in need of a new hammer bushing. It is totally concave from many, many full power factory and reloaded rounds through it. This revolver is a beast. many claim that the ruger pistols are...
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    07-02-2020, 11:30 PM
    I boiled the crap out of them in water with a good amount of vinegar, then boiled with clean water. I am going to try the tumbling with citric and soap like zombie and slotcar
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    07-02-2020, 11:23 PM
    Thanks Rick and Gent :grin: any other tips from you point die masters are welcomed!
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    07-02-2020, 12:50 PM
    Getting ready to do the hardest part for me. lapping/polishing How much faster does diamond compound work opposed to the other kinds of lapping materials. 220 grit I have 3 thousands to remove. thanks
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    06-30-2020, 02:07 PM
    bigjake replied to a thread Grade 8 bolt hardness in Swaging
    The reason I use pre-threaded material/bolts is; Im not able to thread on my little 8" South Bend jr. It was built in 1932. Its not worn too bad for its age. Its very similar to the popular 9" bench lathe that SB made for yrs I'm going to dunk...
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    06-23-2020, 10:24 PM
    bigjake started a thread Grade 8 bolt hardness in Swaging
    I've been reading a lot of posts from way back and there were a few posts by some folks that didnt think gr.8- 7/8"/14 bolts would not work for swaging dies. I did 2 separate tests: one on a section of threaded gr. 8 rod I ordered from McMaster...
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    06-22-2020, 09:59 AM
    Can this be true? Can it be so soft that it doesn't have enough resistance too swage the jacket to its full size/profile? Possibly squeezing by the core seating punch instead of filling out the jacket. Most range scrap that we collect isnt...
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    06-20-2020, 03:13 PM
    bigjake replied to a thread Corbin Brothers businesses in Swaging
    I've done business with BT sniper also. I am totally satisfied with his products and support. He was not part of this original post. I know it takes awhile to make custom dies and the like. I would never expect for instant gratification like amazon....
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    06-20-2020, 11:11 AM
    I've been reading the swaging threads for quite some time and have learned a lot from you gentlemen. so i will say; thank you. From reading the posts and replies, I can't help but get bad vibes from the bad service these guys(companies) give. Is...
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    06-20-2020, 01:28 AM
    What was the softest pure lead you have come across? I was metal detecting at this old homesite. I found nothing else but a good amount of lead pipe. probably about 40 lbs. anyway it is the softest lead I have ever seen! I mean its super soft. ...
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    06-20-2020, 12:40 AM
    I just read mustangs thread on how he does it with a corbin press. my operation is totally different. He uses a punch inside the jacket and uses the power of that corbin swage press to press the case thru. i on the other hand, I anneal the mouth...
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    06-18-2020, 11:00 PM
    I had no bananas, they look really nice. I'm not sure if its worth the all of the work it takes though. I thoroughly enjoyed making the dies and figuring out the process. I guess in a SHTF situation this could be a valuable skill.
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    06-18-2020, 10:47 AM
    bigjake replied to a thread swaging 375 from 223 cases in Swaging
    brass410, look at my post on making .308's from .223's making .375's would be easier but still a decent amount of work. anyway a start would be to use those lee bullet sizing dies. midway and other suppliers have those for about $19 each. If you...
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    06-18-2020, 10:35 AM
    Wow! making these 308 jackets from .223's are too much like work! I'm using a rockchucker and an A-2 I think Mustangs Corbin press is more suited for this. although, the A-2 pushes thru pretty good. These jackets are pretty nice looking, they are...
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    06-16-2020, 11:37 PM
    grullaguy, why do you clean after each draw? Can't you just tumble in ss pins and citric powder after the final draw?
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    06-16-2020, 10:48 PM
    Here's what I did to get it to work; first i did what Mustang said; open the mouth. i used my 300 blk decap/neck sizing button. i didnt have 7mm. I annealed redhot before every draw. Next, i ran the case up thru mouth first in the lee .356 9mm...
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    06-15-2020, 12:19 AM
    Mustang, thank you very much for the explanation! regarding the 9mm to .308 jacket reducing die; you say base first. so, there must be a punch. if so, what is the diameter? Also, how long does the finished jacket be to make a bullet about 168grs....
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    06-14-2020, 04:27 PM
    Is there anyone that draws part of the case to build a .308 bullet of any size? I have scads of FC .223 brass that I hate. It is aways way under size and it has crimped primers to boot. I dont mind crimped cases, like LC or cases that are properly...
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I'm married, for 30 yrs. I have two sons born '93&'95 I have one pet a dachshund, I call her simply "wiener dog"
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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