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Posted: 9/12/2013 2:39:44 AM EST
Swage my own bullets, .224, .243, .308

what all do I need? Dies etc? and where to get them?

I figured for the first 2 I could use rimfire cases, for 30 cal I am guessing I would have to cut copper sheet?
Link Posted: 9/12/2013 2:46:35 AM EST
Fat_McNasty is the expert I believe
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Fat_McNasty is the expert I believe
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yup. wicked smart and creative
Link Posted: 9/12/2013 2:51:41 AM EST
By snipers full set up is a value at $1200. But the break even point is 14/15,000 bullets for 224. Then add another $500 for the 308 dies
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By snipers full set up is a value at $1200. But the break even point is 14/15,000 bullets for 224. Then add another $500 for the 308 dies
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oh i see you finally came up for air.
Link Posted: 9/12/2013 3:07:38 AM EST
[Last Edit: 9/12/2013 3:08:50 AM EST by Redarts]
Very work intensive.

Core molds or lead wire for cores.

Need to wash and anneal 22 brass for jackets.

Die sets aren't cheap and are often back ordered.

Go to castboolits and read the swaging section.

Consider taking up casting and powdercoating cast bullets. Way cheaper and people are shooting at 3k fps+... I've been shooting 155gr cast in my aks at 2150 fps with great performance.
Link Posted: 9/12/2013 3:10:29 AM EST
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Very work intensive.

Core molds or lead wire for cores.

Need to wash and anneal 22 brass for jackets.

Die sets aren't cheap and are often back ordered.

Go to castboolits and read the swaging section.

Consider taking up casting and powdercoating cast bullets. Way cheaper and people are shooting at 3k fps+... I've been shooting 155gr cast in my aks at 2150 fps with great performance.
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PC'ing seems to be the way to go and pretty cheap.
Link Posted: 9/12/2013 6:36:21 AM EST
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PC'ing seems to be the way to go and pretty cheap.
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Very work intensive.

Core molds or lead wire for cores.

Need to wash and anneal 22 brass for jackets.

Die sets aren't cheap and are often back ordered.

Go to castboolits and read the swaging section.

Consider taking up casting and powdercoating cast bullets. Way cheaper and people are shooting at 3k fps+... I've been shooting 155gr cast in my aks at 2150 fps with great performance.


PC'ing seems to be the way to go and pretty cheap.


It's pretty great as far as I can see. Jacketed speeds for cast bullet cost. It is a bit of work to actually do the PC and bake, but not a lot more work or time than using a lubesizer.

My ballistic lipstick:



Very first target set at 50y



First 6 shots



Some .44 SWCs I loaded and shot yesterday:



A new mold design I just bought and am itching to shoot at something



The 7.62x39s like I said are 155s at around 2150 fps from my chrony. That's jacketed levels- a 155 is a pretty darn heavy bullet in the x39. In fact I just used jacketed data, reduced by 10%, and worked up. I get no leading. Bullet mold is a lee C312-155 mold. I have shot them both checked and checkless.
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