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Thread: PC'd, GC'd and Swaged boolits!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JimB.. View Post
    Brian, does the coating provide sufficient lubrication for the swaging, or do you also give them a little extra something?
    I've found with PC it ejects from the dies easier than lubed lead does.
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    In another thread, I have discussed my efforts to use a "low tech" version of "swaging" to reshape boolits after applying PC. Here is a Lee 158 TL converted to something I hope will meet my needs better:


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    Few comments:
    1) swaging cast Boolits won't change the weight of any of them. A poorly made multi cavity mold will make Boolits that vary from cavity to cavity. Swaging won't fix that. Only make Boolits with high quality molds. Lee molds are notorious for inaccuracy of weight from cavity to cavity.
    2) swaging WILL make the Boolits more concentric which will, indeed, make the Boolits more accurate.
    3) swaging can also change the nose profile to a more accurate nose, making the Boolit more accurate.

    So, if you are going to use a swage die to modify your Boolits, whether pistol or rifle, use a high quality mold to get the best results.

    I have an old CH4D Swage-OMatic press, and use it to convert some 147 grain 9mm round nose Boolits to .358 semi wad cutter 38's. The concept is solid, and Brian offers an up to date option to the old ch4d gear.


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    Duke , I have found you are right on about the variation in multi-cavity Lee Molds.

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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