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Thread: Forming 7.35 carcano

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    Boolit Man
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    Forming 7.35 carcano

    So I have some 6.5 carcano should I just anneal and size in my 7.35 die or should I fireform it? Having never fireformed not sure what powders I can use or how much.
    How would I learn this art and educate myself?


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    Boolit Master
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    You could sell or swap the 6.5 for 7.35. I think Grafs has 7.35.

    Otherwise you can get a tapered expander for a .308 cal cartridge and polish it down to to .298,
    Lee makes nice long tapered expanders for their 7.35 dies too.
    Take the tapered expander and expand your brass. Then
    Then lightly anneal the necks and FL size it.

    The load and shoot.

    You can fire form if you want but it takes powder, primers and a place to do it. For this simple neck up just expand the necks.
    Last edited by EDG; 04-18-2017 at 10:46 PM.
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    Boolit Master
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    7.35X51mm vs. 6.5X52mm. You might have to trim before fire forming.

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    Boolit Master
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    Basically, 7.35x51 Carcano brass is just necked up 6.5x52, they both have identical case head and body diameters and use the same chargers.

    I just ran some new PPU 6.5 brass through my Lee 7.35 sizing die trimmed them to length and they worked just fine.

    I found no need to anneal or fire form first.

    ukrifleman

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    Boolit Man
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    Yea I have the 7.35 die, and giraud annealer so figured I could just size me in my die. But was sorta curious on learning the fire forming part just for something new to add experience


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