My home made 45 cal swaging dies.

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My home made 45 cal swaging dies.

Post by Stealthshooter on Tue Nov 08, 2011 4:50 pm

I spent a couple hours with my drill press and dremel tool yesterday. I built a core seating die and a nose forming die with a round nose punch and a hollow point punch. The bullets in the picture were made with my dies. The hollow point weighs 330 grains and the round nose weighs 360 grains. I'm pretty happy with them Very Happy



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Post by Reload3006 on Tue Nov 08, 2011 4:53 pm

Looks good necessity is the mother of invention!!
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Post by hawcer on Tue Nov 08, 2011 4:55 pm

Nice work!

Keep it up and you never buy a bullet off the shelf again. Razz

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Post by Stealthshooter on Tue Nov 08, 2011 5:01 pm

Thanks guys! I'd really like a set of Ch dies but just can't swing it right now so................

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Post by eagle60 on Tue Nov 08, 2011 5:18 pm

Very nice Stealth! Keep up the good work.
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Post by dartfreak75 on Wed Nov 09, 2011 1:29 am

Those look good u make them out of an old set of rcbs dies?
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Post by Stealthshooter on Wed Nov 09, 2011 12:53 pm

dartfreak75 wrote:Those look good u make them out of an old set of rcbs dies?

Yes they are/were 260 Remington dies. I no longer have the 260 so I figured why not!

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Post by hawcer on Wed Nov 09, 2011 1:02 pm

Stealthshooter wrote:
dartfreak75 wrote:Those look good u make them out of an old set of rcbs dies?

Yes they are/were 260 Remington dies. I no longer have the 260 so I figured why not!

Exactly the same reason why I used my 243 dies in this manner...might as well use them for something right?

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Post by Stealthshooter on Wed Nov 09, 2011 2:53 pm

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dartfreak75 wrote:Those look good u make them out of an old set of rcbs dies?

Yes they are/were 260 Remington dies. I no longer have the 260 so I figured why not!

Exactly the same reason why I used my 243 dies in this manner...might as well use them for something right?

How did you go about building your's?

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Post by hawcer on Wed Nov 09, 2011 3:40 pm

They look much like yours...But you took it a step further with nicer top punches. My punches are only designed to knock out the bullet, nothing more.

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Post by Pathfinder on Wed Nov 09, 2011 5:25 pm

Sweet!!!! Nice job. Isnt it nice making stuff instead of buying it. Its great that its less expensive than buying it but at the end of the day even if it was a wash Id still try and make my own stuff!
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Post by dartfreak75 on Wed Nov 09, 2011 7:26 pm

I got an extra set of 30)06 dies I though about doing something with
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Post by Stealthshooter on Thu Nov 10, 2011 12:36 am

Anybody ever deal with these blank dies? http://www.midwayusa.com/product/529842/callahan-do-it-yourself-die-blank-17-caliber-pilot-hole-7-8-14-thread

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Post by eagle60 on Thu Nov 10, 2011 7:16 am

I haven't tried any of them but have been curious about them. Seems like they should be fun to tinker with though.
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Post by kcatto on Thu Nov 10, 2011 7:26 pm

This is sooooo cool.... could you post a picture of the ram you are using to press these with???

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Post by Stealthshooter on Fri Nov 11, 2011 1:14 am

I'm actually supposed to be receiving my new Lee Classic Cast tomorrow Yehaw It has a threaded ram with a removable section so I'll be making some new rams/punches out of grade 8 bolts that will screw on to the ram. I'll post pics for ya when I'm done! Did I post pics of the adjustable core molds a made?

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