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Thread: What can .43 Spanish be made from?

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    I think i have some ccc brass. This thread should be titled "how to make 43 Spanish brass from other obsolete and scarce brass" lol
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    go to YOU TUBE!! it will show you every thing you need to know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tucumcari_kid View Post
    I think i have some ccc brass. This thread should be titled "how to make 43 Spanish brass from other obsolete and scarce brass" lol
    The standard magnum type brass is not obsolete or scarce !

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    A company called Connecticut Cartridge Company (CCC headstamp) made many of the 'exotic' calibers in the 60's
    Have a 100 cases of their 43 Spanish ... NFS
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    I just ran across a magazine article on forming .43 Spanish cases. It runs from page 34 through 39 in the April 2001 issue of Accurate Rifle magazine. It looks like everything in it has already been covered here, though.

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    Good afternoon
    With one Roller in .43 (With a .444 Groove) I learned that before you start work on the 348 Win Brass rim see if the case head already fits the chamber. We still have 3 Rollers in ".43" and they all have a groove .442 or larger.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DonMountain View Post
    Can you outline a procedure to do this for us?
    Taking the suggestion of using belted magnum cases as donor brass, I full length sized 300 win mag brass in 43 Spanish dies sans the decap stem. Next trimmed to length. Step 3 was resize with the decap/neck size plug in place. Trimmed the belt off the case on my lathe. I suspect a drill press with a large enough chuck to hold the case and a file would do.

    Finding the right circle clip took a little time and I wasn't smart enough to write down the size in the hardware store when I was there.

    I've only made a couple, but it certainly looks like viable method of making an expensive case from a commonly available case.

    I've got 60 more 300 win mag case that I have no use for. At least until now

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    The only way I found to form 43 Spanish involved a lathe which I don't have although that would give me an excuse to buy a lathe

    Buy the brass from Track of The Wolf.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 15meter View Post
    Taking the suggestion of using belted magnum cases as donor brass, I full length sized 300 win mag brass in 43 Spanish dies sans the decap stem. Next trimmed to length. Step 3 was resize with the decap/neck size plug in place. Trimmed the belt off the case on my lathe. I suspect a drill press with a large enough chuck to hold the case and a file would do.

    Finding the right circle clip took a little time and I wasn't smart enough to write down the size in the hardware store when I was there.

    I've only made a couple, but it certainly looks like viable method of making an expensive case from a commonly available case.

    I've got 60 more 300 win mag case that I have no use for. At least until now
    Glad to see I was of help. I used a tapered mantrel inserted in to the case month when fileing off the belt in my drill press.
    Just do not forget to anneal that brass before using it. I forgot the frist time and lost some to shoulder splits . once I started the annealing I haven't lost any , some have been fired 5 times using 5477 powder

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    First half dozen conversions were with Hornady brass, worked great. Figured I had the procedure figured out. Wrong. Next 20 were Winchester brass. All steps except trimming the belt off completed. Trimmed belt on the first case, won't chamber, too fat ahead of where the belt had been. None of the others fit.

    Back to the drawing board. Tried Federal brass, 20+ pieces, all fit great, single piece of Remington brass doesn't even need belt turned off. I think I need to scrounge some more Remington brass.

    Dang fat Winchester brass.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 15meter View Post
    First half dozen conversions were with Hornady brass, worked great. Figured I had the procedure figured out. Wrong. Next 20 were Winchester brass. All steps except trimming the belt off completed. Trimmed belt on the first case, won't chamber, too fat ahead of where the belt had been. None of the others fit.

    Back to the drawing board. Tried Federal brass, 20+ pieces, all fit great, single piece of Remington brass doesn't even need belt turned off. I think I need to scrounge some more Remington brass.

    Dang fat Winchester brass.
    I found it best to size the brass in mag type full lenght sizer die before sizing in the 43 Spanish Mauser die.
    I have been using a Lee 7mm mag die to do this, worked for me . Hope this helps

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