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Thread: RCBS .45 ACP Shotshell dies. Finally got a complete set.

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    Boolit Mold
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    Thanks for the link to Etsy, Also order the cutting jig for cutting down 410 3" to 2 1/2".

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    Congratulations on the shot shell die set.

    If I may ask several questions:

    I watched the video on making the shot shell cases from 308 brass and I'm good with cutting it down. One question is anyone making their own cardboard wads to cover the powder and to cover the #7.5 shot?

    Another question ..has anyone tried 40 cal dies for the full length resizing/ making the shoulder or taper down portion? The reason is I have 40cal/10 mm dies and I don't have 41 mag dies and there is .010 inside diameter difference between the 40 cal and the 41 mag.

    Any help here would be appreciated.

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    I used a plastic .410 wad so I didn't have to worry about the over powder wad, a bag of 500 will last years.

    To seal the end of the case, I have cut wads from a Coke twelve pack using a sharpened case in a drill and .35 cal gaschecks. I think the gaschecks are easier and I don't go through all that many shotshells that the cost is worrysome.

    Robert

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    RCBS .45 ACP Shotshell dies. Finally got a complete set.

    Quote Originally Posted by 6bg6ga View Post
    Congratulations on the shot shell die set.

    If I may ask several questions:

    I watched the video on making the shot shell cases from 308 brass and I'm good with cutting it down. One question is anyone making their own cardboard wads to cover the powder and to cover the #7.5 shot?

    Another question ..has anyone tried 40 cal dies for the full length resizing/ making the shoulder or taper down portion? The reason is I have 40cal/10 mm dies and I don't have 41 mag dies and there is .010 inside diameter difference between the 40 cal and the 41 mag.

    Any help here would be appreciated.

    Lots of people sharpen a case to cut cardboard wads from cci primer boxes or similar

    As far as using .40 dies, grumpa does it that way and here is his thread, but i got my Lyman 41 mag dies for $15 shipped on eeeeeeebaye so they are common and cheap.

    http://castboolits.gunloads.com/show...hells-(My-Way)


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    Several questions yet.

    Where do you get 6 or 7.5 shot cheaply? Do you use steel or lead or just what is available? Does shooting shot shells hurt the barrel or lead it? Haven't found any 6 or 7.5 shot reasonably priced and since I only want to make maybe 50 or so of these things I don't need 25lbs of shot or 500 wads.


    Read the thread about using 40 cal dies and I'm set there. Does anyone change the recoil spring to a lighter one so the 1911 will cycle?

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    I don't think you can buy shot cheaply anymore. What I did when I wanted some #9 shot for my .45 loads was to buy the cheapest box of 1 1/8 ounce 12 gauge lead shot I could find and disassembled a few rounds as needed.

    I would not use steel shot. No leading using .410 plastic wads, they are trimmed to just under the case mouth.

    Robert

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    I have all the shot i need for these, but i would consider buying bismuth shot from rotometals if i just needed a little bit.


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    Yep a lot of sticker shock when buying shot. Finished up a 25# bag of 9# shot that was marked $20.95. New bag was $39.95 at local Gun Store?

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BT Boat Tail PL Power-Lokt SP Soft Point
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