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Thread: Some confusion on getting started with swaging .224" on a budget

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    Boolit Master
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    Quote Originally Posted by Traffer View Post
    Because of the price difference. I am on a budget few here could ever relate to. Even with the hard alloy, I have managed so far to make two very usable swaging dies. Dies within a half a thousandth. It is extremely time consuming but I eventually get the precision needed by using diamond coated grinding tools for the dremel and diamond grit for polishing. Since the bolts are hard to begin with, no final heat treating is necessary.
    I can certainly see where avoiding heat treating would be an advantage.

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    Here is an excerpt from Richard Corbin's bullet swagging directions that came with his dies. It explains his process in making the "pointing die". Click on image to enlarge.

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    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000KK93DA...aa_scomp_aapi1

    press here

    lube will be 50/50 lanolin/castor oil
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    I like to mount everything up in the Hornady lock n load quick change bushings. They will fit in the lee press.

    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000PD1XAI...533342863&sr=1
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    It would be less disrespectful to burn the flag than to put a thin blue line through the middle of it.

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    While you are researching, check out TATV Canada on you tube , there are some vids on Larry Blackmon's set up and a great tutorial on .22 case bullet making. I have both BT Sniper dies and Blackmon's BSSP set up.
    For the .458 SOCOM Brian's offer a veriety options and great versatility . Larry's is great for my .308 set up. Just my $.02. Check out the vids and prices.
    Bill

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    While you are researching, check out TATV Canada on you tube , there are some vids on Larry Blackmon's set up and a great tutorial on .22 case bullet making. I have both BT Sniper dies and Blackmon's BSSP set up.
    For the .458 SOCOM Brian's offer a veriety options and great versatility . Larry's is great for my .308 set up. Just my $.02. Check out the vids and prices.
    Bill

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    Blackmon doesnt like the internet and getting in touch with him is like trying to talk to someone in government. Better to go with someone who will answer the phone or an email.
    NFA = Not Freaking American

    It would be less disrespectful to burn the flag than to put a thin blue line through the middle of it.

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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