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Thread: What was the first brass you converted

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    I can think of several more threads to start but Others should step up with their own ideas or questions.
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    .30-30 to .38-55 even though they come out a little short and is a pretty easy conversion.

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    30-06 to 8 mm Mauser. At first it was a chore. Now that I have it down I actually find it quite enjoyable.
    Any 30-06 I find I convert (Since I do not have an 06 rifle) Of course if I gather up a good bunch and need to buy something I might sell them!
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    .375 Winchester and 38-55 from 30-30.
    The first few cases didn't have enough Red Dot in them, and came out wasp-waisted between the mouth and the shoulder. Once I got enough powder in them, I went to town creating a bunch of straight walled cases using a good friends Big Bore Winchester. Used Cream-O-Wheat on top of the powder, and fired them in the basement (wife was at work) to keep from having the neighbors complaining, or having to drive 20 minutes to get away from the subdivisions.
    Probably should have noticed that the filler was acting like sandpaper on the sheetrock ceiling........

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    First was 357 herrets from 30-30 and 32 win specials. easy to form just alot of trimming there. Then 243 from 308 learned neck turning from that. 25-06 from 30-06, again had to lightly neck turn and anneal. A wildcatt on the 300 wsm case to 6.5mm. Have reformed some cases one offs for paper wieghts or key chains. Once made bushing to step down 50bmg in an arbor press to 22 caliber. I have thought about a 219 zipper or Donaldson wasp(?) for awhile and forming from 7-30 waters.

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    6.5 Creedmoor from .308 cases - takes a bit of trimming but with the judicious use of Mobil1 motor oil forming was really easy.
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    7mm RM to 30-338 was the first, many many moons ago.
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    First one was forming GI 30-06 into 25-06, when it was still a wildcat. Last one was just last week, 32-20 into 25-20.

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    I know this hardly counts but 32 Special to 30-30. I know it sounds backwards but I was a kid and had a 30-30 and found a few pieces of 32 Special brass.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dtknowles View Post
    I know this hardly counts but 32 Special to 30-30. I know it sounds backwards but I was a kid and had a 30-30 and found a few pieces of 32 Special brass.

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    The first for me was a 256 Newton from 30/06
    That go me hooked . now I try to form everything
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    Quote Originally Posted by JWFilips View Post
    Tim..... Say it ain't so! .......Eye Teeth for 32 Spec brass!
    I know, I know but it was 1975 and it was not a issue then and the only 30-30 brass I had was from factory loads, a few more pieces for free was good.

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    444 Marlin to 309 JDJ. Took some learning to get things right but boy was it worth it.
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    My first was 308Win to 7-08Rem, followed by 270Win to 8x57Mauser. My next will be 223 to 7.62x25Torkarev. All of these are done because of value and availability

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    Quote Originally Posted by JWFilips View Post
    30-06 to 8 mm Mauser. At first it was a chore. Now that I have it down I actually find it quite enjoyable.
    Any 30-06 I find I convert (Since I do not have an 06 rifle) Of course if I gather up a good bunch and need to buy something I might sell them!
    Another alternative that I use for 8mm Mauser is 270Win. I find a lot more of it laying around at the range than 30-06. Works good for me.

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    30-30 to 38-55, 303 british to 30-40 krag, 35 rem to 6.5 jap.,, 30-06 to 308 win. , 308 win to 243 win., 220 swift to 6.5jap

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    300 Savage to 22-250...

    I got to learn neck turning right out the gate!
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    Other than fooling' around, my first was 33 WCF, then 38-56, both from 45-70.

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    First was 308 too 6.5mm-08 (before the 260 came around) found I needed to ream necks with that. Then along came the 7mm-08 made that easier, and 243 was even better. Never bought 260 Rem brass still using my converted. Then 220 to 6.5 Jap.
    Then made a wildcat from 350 Rem mag blown out straight too 45 with fast powder and corn meal.
    Left it long at 2.17". I tried using some cast 357 bullets to fire form them once was a HUGE mistake.
    45 cal barrel went to 35 cal with a lead liner. I'll never have to learn that one over.
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    Quote Originally Posted by karlrudin View Post
    My first was 308Win to 7-08Rem, followed by 270Win to 8x57Mauser. My next will be 223 to 7.62x25Torkarev. All of these are done because of value and availability
    I have done .223 to 7.62 x 25, I needed to neck turn and I did not completely work out whether it was better to turn before sizing or after. I only made a few as I have a bunch of surplus ammo and a few hundred factory brass.

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