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Thread: Half jackets anyone?

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    Half jackets anyone?

    I am going to be firing up the Swag-o-Matic and it uses these half jackets (that for the past ten years I had been thinking were just freakishly large gas checks without putting much thought into it) but i only have 20 of them.
    Are they still available in any way or can they be made by relatively normal people with anything less than a machine shop?
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    I've seen vintage collections of half-jackets for sale in the S&S section on occasion.
    I don't know of anyone manufacturing and selling them?

    Here are a couple threads with some info on making them.

    http://castboolits.gunloads.com/show...e-half-jackets

    http://castboolits.gunloads.com/show...lf-jacket-dies

    PS, I moved your thread to "swaging", as the Gas check section isn't going to garner as many responses.

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    what caliber? I have about 200 .44 that I was trying to sell.
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    I use 50BMG spent primers as 3/4 jackets for an 85gr 32 cal swc for use in a couple of 7.62 x 25 pistols. I use a lyman 65gr 257 boolit as the core.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rbuck351 View Post
    I use 50BMG spent primers as 3/4 jackets for an 85gr 32 cal swc for use in a couple of 7.62 x 25 pistols. I use a lyman 65gr 257 boolit as the core.
    How i dream of getting spent BMG primers to do something similar.... But BMG primers are rare as the rifles....And $1 each

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    I got most of my spent 50BMG primers from a guy in Fairbanks AK. He hangs out on Alaska Outdoor Forums by the name gunbugs. I gave him $30 for 3000 and he said he had a bunch more. You might try a line in the S&S on this forum. Quite a few folks shooting the 50 BMG and probably aren't using there spent primers.

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    I recently was at a gun show here in Rochester and there was a guy selling off his father in laws stuff, he had everything for swaging .38/.357 except the dies. About a 1000 half jackets, lead wire all sorts of stuff. I bought all the primer for less than .01 each.
    I wish I had more cash on hand I would've bought all and passed on what I didn't need here.
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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