Roll your own Swaging Press


4v50 Gary
January 18, 2013, 07:26 PM
In these days ahead, a little knowledge can go a long way.

Plans to make your own swaging press HERE (

With text and photos describing the building process right HERE (

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January 18, 2013, 08:09 PM
Awesome, found myself another project :)

January 18, 2013, 09:20 PM
That guy is pretty crafty. He used to sell Pool Table balls that had been tapped so they could be used to replace the balls on certain Reloading press handles. I have one on my Hornady LnL AP. Good stuff.

I've read that thread before. More skills than I have, but again, good product. With the current craze, swaging 223 bullets out of 22LR brass is VERY tempting. BTSniper on the same forum makes a good set of dies. I have given it thought of late especially with the scarcity of bullets.

January 18, 2013, 09:38 PM
The hardest part doesn't seem to be obtaining the press- but rather the dies.

Thank you for providing the excellent specs !

January 18, 2013, 10:30 PM
Glad i already have several swage presses and dies in my stable...


41 Mag
January 20, 2013, 08:48 PM
Yep thats where I ALMOST was but had to funnel the funds into a different direction.

BTSniper has some great equipment for sure. I have corresponded with him quite a few times on getting set up for my revolvers. I already have the donor cases for jackets, and everything else, just need the dies. Every time I get some funds squirreled away something sneaks up on us and I have to start over.

One of these days though, I will place that order.

January 20, 2013, 09:05 PM
If I were to model that in SolidWorks and render it into G-code would it help any of y'all? I can run a simulation for Haas VMC's or HMC's to make sure no tool collisions and post it on my FTP site.

January 20, 2013, 10:45 PM
SolidWorks is awesome. Our engineers at work use that program to design and calc our builds. I believe it is now setup or soon to be setup to program the CNC's. I am an engineering student currently and hope to get to work with it during my graduate courses!

January 20, 2013, 11:03 PM
119'r, I use three different CAD packages that plug into SolidWorks. Very powerful software. I can draw a piece in 3D on my computer, assign tools, model, rotate and check for collisions. Save out in G-code, send to a CNC machine of the proper flavor and parts start stacking up. I mostly design and cut custom automobile and motorcycle parts in billet aluminum. Just have to remember to underside the stuff going to chrome shop so thickness of chrome does not cause fit issues. I have to fudge for chrome and powdercoat or go a thousandth over if it is going to just get polished as it shrinks. I have acquired a few chamber reamers and other rifle building tools. When time permits going to take a stab at start to finish rifle from scratch. Since I can do carbon fiber too will make the mould and lay my own stock. Right now I have three antique motorcycle restorations sitting in line. May be a while before get to a rifle. I have been building my own Title 1 supressors. All I do is send the feds their 200 bucks and scrounge a little scrap out of the pile and free supressors take a couple hours to build.

January 20, 2013, 11:07 PM
Very nice

January 20, 2013, 11:15 PM
I have a 20 ton and a 30 ton soon to have another 50 ton punch press. Would like plans for one of them, or all of them. I would even make a lead wire extruder, if I didn't have to go through the entire learning process. One at a time is not worth it, for me.

There are a lot of people swaging 40 brass and adding lead for 45 bullets but that is a what is on hand vs time/money prospect.

January 20, 2013, 11:31 PM
Nice project, depends on how much your time is worth. The plans are based on the C-H 444 "H" press, which costs $269 new, or half of that used.

Corbin supplied the .355" bullet staging dies I used in my old C-H press about 40 years ago, the extra stroke length needed was from a couple of 3 inch long spacers that are added to the columns when needed. I think those were also from Corbin. The setup works fine, bolted down to a heavy old desk I could put a foot-long cheater on the press arm to reduce the muscle needed.

January 20, 2013, 11:55 PM
Because of only planning to swage .22 caliber using spent rimfire cases I purchased a Walnut Hill. I have since had the desire to do much bigger bullets and this project looks burley and right up my ally. Might have to start scrounging the scrap pile and set up the milling machine. Looks like majority of the work can be done on just the mill but sure the surfacing machine will ensure all my plates are flat and square. Guess need to start working on a new bench to mount machine to. Let's make it big enough for the Walnut Hill too and wire cutters, etc. Just what the wife wants for her birthday. A new bullet swaging machine.

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