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Thread: 405 Winchester brass, dies, etc,?

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    Boolit Master


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    405 Winchester brass, dies, etc,?

    Hello all,
    Thinking about adding a 405 Winchester to the stable. A quick search shows no brass or dies available in my normal sources. I think a mold would be no problem from Accurate molds as soon as I could figure out what I need/want.
    Any idea on sources for brass or dies? What weight bullet do those who shoot the 405 prefer? I know the 405 has a reputation for being a thumper but I would most likely load it pretty sedate.
    Thanks for the help,
    Rick

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    There is definitely brass available if you look around. But I have experimented with forming it from 30-40 Krag and 303 British - short, but very functional. I actually kept those efforts and keep them loaded with pistol bullets.
    The dies were available recently, and fairly common on ebay or GunBroker. There was an article from the 70's about using alternative brass as well as combined effort from other dies, I don't recall what publication?

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    In our 405 1895 (jap) we have shot up to 345 gr FNGC at 2000 fps. But or general purpose load is a 280 grain PBFN at 1850 fps.
    I have little doubt that loading will fail on any critter I ever see in our great US of A.
    "Come unto Me, all you who labor and are heavy burdened, and I will give you rest." Matthew 11:28
    Male Guanaco out in dry lakebed at 10,800 feet south of Arequipa.

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