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Thread: Anyone form .38-45 Clerk cases?

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    Boolit Master


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    Anyone form .38-45 Clerk cases?

    I posted under "Wheelguns, pistols, and handcannons" a little blurb about how I am now in possession of a .38-45 Clerk conversion I would like to play with.

    So, has anyone here actually made these cases? Is it as simple as running a .45 ACP case into a sizing die, or is it more involved than that?

    Other than making a few 7.7 arisaka cases out of .30-06 cases (which was extremely simple) I have no experience with case forming.

    Any suggestions??

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    I have done this before. There was a C&H die set to form cases. At least four sizers to get to the shape needed. The final FL sizer made the neck way too small but I also used a RCBS 38/45 FL sizer and that was much better. The steps seem to be needed because I couldn't get any useable cases with just the RCBS38/45 die. Once that was done the rest was easy. I may even have a old gun mag with this conversion covered and loads. I can look for it.
    n.h.schmidt

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    You will have a lot better success with the CH4D case forming set , going from .45 to .38 in one pass with a sizing die is just about impossible.
    I shot NRA Bullseye Match with a friend who had one , he bought the CH forming dies and I had a heavy duty Pacific Super Deluxe press and helped him form cases.
    Very interesting round and pistol
    Gary
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    would a 400 carbon size die be a good intermediate step?

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