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    44 Spcl. cylinder length shot shells from 30 US Army brass. 7.62 X 54R to 209 primers, back when boxed primed cases weren't available. Happened about the same time.
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    308 to 7mm BR. The first piece I never trimmed. Dreamed of converting a rifle in 22-250 to 7mm BR and wanted to see how the length was in the magazine.

    Second was 284 Win up to 375.
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    For some real time consuming projects try making 221 fireball or 20 Var Targ out of mil 556 brass.

    Yes you will learn about annealing, lubing, neck trimming and cutting off a nice long piece of brass tubing.

    1,500 down and beating my head against the wall rather than making any more.
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    Last was 50-90 Sharps to 11 x25 Dutch Beaumont. After 10 i cheated and just bought the CH4D dies . Just trim and run them through the dies twice.

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    6.5 swede to 7.5 french. Really easy conversion when I couldn't get brass for my mas 36.

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    Here we go again with another 'What Was" thread!
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    7 mm benchrest to .357 / 45 Grizzly Winchester mag. and .357 Auto mag from 30 06 .

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    22 Hornet to 297/230. In retrospect not the wisest conversion to start with.

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    I just started 5.56 to 222 rem

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    My first was 348 win to 11.15x58 Austrian Werndl. Second was 348 win to 8mm Lebel.
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    38spl to 7.62x25. This was before there were boxer primed cases available.

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    First was 7.65 Mauser from 30-06 back in 1962 and it just went from there.

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    348 Win to 12.7x44R for my rolling block. A fairly easy one to start with since it is mostly just trim the 348 Win to length on fire forming it with some Unique and COW.
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    7X57 from 30-06 and 270. I have a Remington #5 that likes the thicker brass.

    Also made 6.5x55 from 308 blanks just to see if it would work.

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    .30-06 Military to 7.7 Japanese and 7.65 Argentine Mauser.

    Now I'm using 6.5x54 MS brass to make 7.62x45 for my VZ-52 "She" rifle. While making the 7.62x45, I learned about reaming the inside of the neck due to excess thickness.

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    308 Winchester to 44 Auto Mag 1972

    Trimmed on Forster trimmer and inside neck reamed
    270 Sizing die
    44 Mag Belling die
    45 Seating die

    Worked GREAT !
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    My first was 284 to 6mm/284 for a bench rifle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by glassparman View Post
    .30-06 Military to 7.7 Japanese and 7.65 Argentine Mauser.

    Now I'm using 6.5x54 MS brass to make 7.62x45 for my VZ-52 "She" rifle. While making the 7.62x45, I learned about reaming the inside of the neck due to excess thickness.
    What are you using to size down the cases? I just finished up doing a 100 6.5x54 MS cases using a 41 Mag sizing dies but it was a real pain and I broke one sizing die in the process, the carbide ring fractured.
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    7x57 Mauser to 257 Roberts

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    Quote Originally Posted by krag35 View Post
    44 Spcl. cylinder length shot shells from 30 US Army brass. 7.62 X 54R to 209 primers, back when boxed primed cases weren't available. Happened about the same time.
    How about a thread on how you did the 7.62x54R to 209 primers sometime? I'd be interested because of thee constant supply of 209 primers & the ability to save boxer brass while using these for plinking loads for the grandkids. They love shooting the military guns with light loads at the bench, and I have plenty of berdan empties.
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Abbreviations used in Reloading

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