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Thread: RCBS 243 Winchester case forming dies

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    Boolit Master
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Goffstown, NH

    RCBS 243 Winchester case forming dies

    Curious, why would RCBS provide 243 Winchester case forming dies when the brass is readily available?
    Last edited by Danth; 01-11-2018 at 09:22 PM.

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    Boolit Master
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    People prefer free or nearly sometimes.
    Some folks carry frugal to extremes.

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    Boolit Master
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    NC Arkansas
    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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    Boolit Master
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    Apr 2005
    Southern Arizona
    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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