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Thread: RCBS 243 Winchester case forming dies

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    RCBS 243 Winchester case forming dies

    Curious, why would RCBS provide 243 Winchester case forming dies when the brass is readily available?
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    Probably first offered when the round was new on the market and they have never bothered to drop them from the list of available dies.

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    Back in the Good Old Days when surplus .308 brass could be bought at a few cents a pound, it would have been cost-effective to buy the dies and reform to .243. Now, not so much.

    Somewhere around here I have a .30-06 to .250 Savage caseform die set. Been looking for that old Pacific ad that shows a .30-06 case with an impossibly long .250 neck sticking out of the sizing die. A testament to the power and strength of their new Super Deluxe press. I remember seeing it as a kid; canít for the life of me find it now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Danth View Post
    Curious, why would RCBS provide 243 Winchester case forming dies when the brass is readily available?
    Stock left from original run?

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    Could be. Some people just like to keep doing things the way they've always done it, too.

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    They list 7.92x33 from 30'06 form dies even though there are at least 2 companies that make loaded boxer primed ammo.

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    Some people believe they get the most uniform brass that way for accuracy's sake. Rick Jamison had an article about custom fitted brass for his 22-250 that he made from 30-06 military brass.

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    Mil-Surp 1x fired was cheap and easy to obtain, . When some of these rounds came out there was no SAAMI spec, they were wildcats originated from military rounds by people with time and money to do so. I knew a guy at work that had the 22-250 from 30-06 dies dating back to the 1960's, he was in the National Guard and had free access to spent 30-06 brass back then.

    The RCBS custom die shop was originally a Huntington business that they bought. Huntington was one of the people swaging 22 caliber bullets from 22lr spent casings way back when.

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    RCBS stands for Rock Chuck Bullet Swage.

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