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    What was the first brass you converted

    My first one was trying to convert 30-30 to 22 H P.
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    My first was 7-30 Waters followed by 256 Win Magnum.
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    My first was doing 300 Blackout, which by now is upwards of 500K and that's a conservative figure. Although I do things just a bit differently than most do.

    The conversion bug bit me, pretty hard. Now in between doing conversions and reading, I look for more conversions. But I'll need to put a limit on that, at times I get so sore pulling handles I have to wonder...
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    30 Herrett. Very good experience early on for me with annealing, forming, cutting, trimming, flash hole deburring, fire forming with COW, and all the bullets tried out in load development really taught me a lot in my younger days.
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    30-06 —> 25-06

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    9.4 Dutch out of 41 Magnum brass. I couldn't let such an interesting revolver go unfired, and it led me into casting my own and loading with BP.

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    I helped my grandpa form 25-06 from 30-06. That must have been back in the late 1980's. His rifle was a Weatherby Vanguard, I think it was a VGL model....plain walnut stock, blued finish.

    My personal 'first' was forming 30-30 from .32 Winchester Special. Does that count?

    Currently working on 6.5 Remington Magnum from 7mmRM. Now that there's this new forum I will try to start a thread documenting the process once I get it finalized.

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    303 British to 44 mag cylinder shot shells.

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    30/30 to .30 Herrett a long time ago. The T/C barrel I had was throated long enough to seat 200 gr bullets without touching the lands.. Did not show good accuracy with 125 gr bullets so I sold it.

    I think T/C had the first Whisper/Blackout cartridge the way it was throated, they just named .30 Herrett!
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    Mine was and is the 7x30 Water's from 30-30.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hickok View Post
    30/30 to .30 Herrett a long time ago. The T/C barrel I had was throated long enough to seat 200 gr bullets without touching the lands.. Did not show good accuracy with 125 gr bullets so I sold it.

    I think T/C had the first Whisper/Blackout cartridge the way it was throated, they just named .30 Herrett!
    Mike Bellm wrote about extending the neck area of the 30 Herrett chamber the full length of the 30-30 case to be able to seat bullets out with more case capacity, kind of got my interest with some of the molds available in 30 caliber.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rick Hodges View Post
    Mine was and is the 7x30 Water's from 30-30.
    Same here. I am curious about how hot a load most use to fireform these, it seems with a midrange sort of load the shoulder is not as crisp on the first firing.

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    308 to 358 for a Lone Eagle Pistol 25 years ago.

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    30.06 to 8mm Mauser I broke the linkage on an old press after 20 rounds.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by s mac View Post
    Same here. I am curious about how hot a load most use to fireform these, it seems with a midrange sort of load the shoulder is not as crisp on the first firing.
    Fire-forming I often do using a fast burning flake powder, had a large supply of 700X that worked well with Cream of Wheat topped off with a wax plug, (which honestly doubles as a close range form of pest control.) I read about it in an old Handloader magazine a long time ago. I also used the half-jacket Speer Plinkers in my Herrett with a fire-forming load given to me by Bob Milek, although I'll probably use the Lee Soupcan in the future.
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    What was the first brass you converted

    300 Savage from 308. Lots of trimming but as easy as it can get. I did find that I needed a small base die so they would chamber in a Savage 99 for the first firing. After that regular dies work fine.

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    6.5 jap from a 303 ...i did it the hard way and only made two cases ( what a pain ) next was the 30 herret and then the 7-30 , compared to those two 6.5 jap's they were a walk in the park on a nice day ( especially the 7-30 ) there's been more than i care to count since then .....

    gee no thread for the last cases we formed ? lolz ( rimless 375 jdj from 30-06 ,not as easy as making rimmed from 444 marlin )
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    250 savage to 22 varminter ( or 22-250)

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    22 - 6 mm 6 mm Rem down to 22

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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"
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