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Thread: CBC brass 12ga shell load?

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    Boolit Master
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    I have the RCBS Cowboy die, it works great for decapping, the shell holder makes priming a snap. The ability to size is neat, except the brass hulls don’t obturate with BP loads.
    I may load and crimp some hunting loads this Fall for pheasant hunting. It would have been nice if RCBS had included an expander insert that went inside the die like the crimping insert. I may find a machinist who can make one.

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    I alternate between Duco cement and Deft brushing lacquer as a sealant depending on what’s available. Apply a puddle of the lacquer about the same thickness as the overshot card with an eye dropper, then rotate the case upright at a shallow angle to slosh the lacquer around the entire edge of the card. It dries pretty thin. I have carried 12 gauge brass shells sealed with the lacquer loose in a coat pocket without any problems.

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    When much younger and didn't have as many options, or money, loaded all brass shotgun shells by hand and sealed then with wax. Didn't seem to matter what kind of wax, candle or bees wax. No problems.

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    Ziptar, I have used the cut down / crimp removed hulls for years and left them open sealed with WHITE ELMERS GLUE, and never a hiccup!

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    cowboy die set's are just the cat's meow! I use them on my brass hulls, but do not use the crimping secquence.

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    Duco cement, case closed.

    Been shooting brass shells for awhile, 3-1-X works fine in an old damascus SxS. I've shot #8, #4 Buck and .690" Ball with the loads with fine results. ~80 gr Swiss 1.5 FG.
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    sorry, wrong place
    Last edited by 8x33; 11-22-2022 at 02:02 AM. Reason: wrong place

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    Why not roll crimp been crimping all my 357 and 44 mags with a heavy one? Starts cracks time to anneal.

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    I roll crimp mine slightly with the rcbs cowboy die, then a bit of hot glue and that seals em up tight.
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    Regarding water glass, I found that over time it absorbs moisture from the air and degrades. That motivated my switch to Duco cement.

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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