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Thread: Forming 45 Raptor cases

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    Forming 45 Raptor cases

    What would be the best way to form a 270 or 30-06 case into a straight wall 1.8 case for a 45 Raptor ?

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    I do basically the same thing for the 44 version of the raptor (44x1.8") using .473" case head rifle brass. Generally I'll cut them off long as they'll shrink a little when expanded up. debur, anneal, run through a well lubed expander, resize, trim then ream if needed. I just made a quick expander stem to fit into a powder die, but you could also buy an M die.
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    I fire formed hundreds of 30-06 to make Raptor brass. Used a modified 06 barrel reamed out with a 45 Raptor finish reamer. Worked great with no issues. Once the brass is cut to length you still need to ream the neck so a .452 bullet will fit without bulging. After all this is done you have some very durable pieces of brass. Have ran them up to 68k (QL prediction)with no failures. Not that I suggest doing this.Click image for larger version. 

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