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badpenny
July 30, 2009, 04:25 PM
Anyone out there with experience swaging minnies?I'm about ready to give it a try.Sure could use some information.Thanks

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Hellgate
July 31, 2009, 01:39 AM
I await an answer as I doubt there have been swaged minies since the War of the Rebellion was concluded. I've only seen cast minies in my journey on the dark side (since 1968).

badpenny
July 31, 2009, 03:34 PM
no dixie has swaged minnies,i bought a hundred just a few days ago.corbin sells the equipment to make them.i just don't how to do that.

arcticap
July 31, 2009, 03:56 PM
Lee Precision makes custom sizing dies up to .575 bullet diameter for $29.

http://www.leeprecision.com/cgi/catalog/browse.cgi?1249065943.2561=/html/catalog/custom.html#CUSTOMLUBESIZE

And...

Stephen Francies of SEF Sports in Green Bay Wisconsin will make a sizing die to your specification for $45.00 which includes the cost of a new Lyman die.

If you have a need for a custom diameter sizing die and would like to order one here is Stephens contact info:
Stephen Francies
SEF Sports
109 Woodlawn Ave.
Green Bay, Wi.
54303-2847
920-497-8790
sefsports@gmail.com

http://www.castbulletassoc.org/forum/view_topic.php?id=3108&forum_id=54

Hellgate
July 31, 2009, 04:50 PM
Hey badpenny, thanks for bringing me 150 years up to date! I've only seen cast minies and they often have terrible voids in them. Swaged would be the best.

TheWall
July 31, 2009, 06:53 PM
I bought a bunch from DGW for my Armi Sport 1858 2-band Enfield.

I coated them with Rooster Jacket (available from Track of the Wolf) and let them dry overnight.

For shooting I put a little lube in the base and put an overshot card on top of about 60 grains of FFG Goex. They have shot the best groups of any store bought minnies I have used in this rifle.

Good luck.

Hawkeye748
July 31, 2009, 10:42 PM
I have not done this but I know of an individual that goes be the name of Southron Sr. on the N-SSA web site that has done it. He even does it commercially. I suspect he supplies Dixie.

bonza
August 1, 2009, 09:14 AM
Lee Precision makes custom sizing dies up to .575 bullet diameter for $29.

Yes, but those are sizing dies, not for swaging.

arcticap
August 1, 2009, 12:48 PM
Yes, but those are sizing dies, not for swaging.

I understand, but it's one way to custom size cast minnies for a reasonable price.
If each cast and sized minnie was weighed, then any minnies with voids and casting flaws could be culled. :)

LUBE AND SIZING KIT

Fastest and easiest way to lubricate and size cast bullets. Standard 7/8 x 14 threads fit any reloading press. Bullets are pushed through the sizing die nose first, so no special nose punches are needed. Gas checks are automatically seated and crimped in place. Sized bullets are captured in the special container. A 4oz. bottle of LEE LIQUID ALOX® LUBE-a $4.98 value-included free, is enough for thousands of bullets.

http://www.leeprecision.com/cgi/catalog/browse.cgi?1249065943.2561=/html/catalog/lubesize.html

badpenny
August 1, 2009, 12:55 PM
dixie has swaged minnies in .577 and .69.i've shot both,they are excellent balls.still think it would be interesting to swage my own

arcticap
August 1, 2009, 01:02 PM
Corbin is probably the largest swaging equipment outfits, but it would require a large investment. :)

http://www.corbins.com/howto.htm

http://www.corbins.com/specs.htm

A. A feasibility study is typically $160-399. This covers two to five hours of our design team examining the information and criteria, working out the formulas as required, and making an estimate of the probable problem areas that will require solutions, the most likely design approach and experimental tooling that will be required to prove the concept, and an estimate of the cost of the next phase, which is Research and Development of prototype tooling.


http://www.corbins.com/develop.htm

Experimental Product Specifications and Manufacturing Criteria

http://www.swage.com/ftp/exhibita.pdf

If they don't have a minnie die set-up already developed, would you still be interested developing them yourself to swag minnies?

badpenny
August 2, 2009, 01:05 PM
they already have it set up.i was curious whether anyone had experience with swaging.i've been casting for many years,but this would be a new application.

arcticap
August 2, 2009, 09:22 PM
Could you share any information about what Corbin offers for swaging minnies so that more folks will know about it?
What's the initial cost? :)

badpenny
August 3, 2009, 09:12 PM
Could you share any information about what Corbin offers for swaging minnies so that more folks will know about it?
What's the initial cost? :)
i haven't priced it but it seems to be pretty expensive.

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