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    bullets for 351 winchester

    I am trying to get started loading for my old 351 winchester. Can I get a bullet sizing die, like a Lee kit and push .355 or ,356 jacketed bullets thru it to make my 351?
    I realize I prolly would need to get someone with a lath to open up a smaller die to 351 or get Lee to build one.
    But will this work?

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    Might or might not. The swagers usually say to bump a bullet up, rather than sizing one down. Problem is that the brass springs back, may separate from the core. I think it was in Corbin's book that I read that. And that was with swaging dies, not sizing dies meant for cast bullets.
    I do have a 1907 Win I have been assembling the stuff for, but haven't got it all together yet. Henwood's book on these gun's suggests sizing cast bullets down in a couple steps. There is a fellow on this site that makes sizing dies in whatever diameter you need IIRC.
    Lyman did make a couple molds just for the 351. Hensley had one too. Pretty hard to find, I have been looking for six months or so.
    Simplest is probably to size a 358311 or something like that down in a couple stages.

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    Lee precision will make a sizer die in whatever size needed for about 30.00..
    http://www.leeprecision.com/--CUSTOMLUBESIZE
    I shortened the link title down quite a bit....

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    You might get some ideas from Beagle's 351 article in the CASTPICS. Or just send him a PM and pick his brain. The man's tried about everything in the shooting field. Other than the Stillwell URL, everything should be current in his piece....Geo
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    Bullets for 351 Winchester

    Hi All: If you want to use cast, try M&P Bullet in Brattleboro, VT. He carries the original bullet for the 351. I loaded up some for a friend and they shot great. Danth

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    Quote Originally Posted by CC Ryder View Post
    I am trying to get started loading for my old 351 winchester. Can I get a bullet sizing die, like a Lee kit and push .355 or ,356 jacketed bullets thru it to make my 351?
    I realize I prolly would need to get someone with a lath to open up a smaller die to 351 or get Lee to build one.
    But will this work?
    If you have a Star sizer/lubricator I have a new sizing die for the Lyman #350319 in 0.352" diam. PM me if interested.

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    An aquaintence of mine has a .351 self loader. This is a bit off topic and I don't want to hijack a thread, but can .351 brass be formed from .223 / 5.56 NATO brass?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cannoneer View Post
    An aquaintence of mine has a .351 self loader. This is a bit off topic and I don't want to hijack a thread, but can .351 brass be formed from .223 / 5.56 NATO brass?
    Use 357 Maximum brass. Reduce the rim diameter and trim to length and you're done. I suppose you could make 223 work (but why would you?), but it'd be a lot more work and would be quite a bit undersized at the rim and a bit small at the base as well.


    Quote Originally Posted by CC Ryder View Post
    I am trying to get started loading for my old 351 winchester. Can I get a bullet sizing die, like a Lee kit and push .355 or ,356 jacketed bullets thru it to make my 351?
    I realize I prolly would need to get someone with a lath to open up a smaller die to 351 or get Lee to build one.
    But will this work?
    I've done it with both cast and jacketed. "Buckshot" can make you up a Lee style push-through sizer. I went 0.352" and use it for both (0.351" would have been too small for cast). There's a bit of spring-back with the jacketed, but it's of no consequence. If you use 358 bullets, you'll lose quite a bit of lube groove, so choose molds with deep grooves. For jacketed, look for a bullet with the jacket "bonded" to the core, like Cor-Bon and others offer.

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