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question on garage sale find?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by willbozz61, Jul 16, 2013.

  1. willbozz61

    willbozz61 Member

    Was out hitting garage sales with the wife when I ran across a table with a bunch of reloading dies priced at $6 bucks each. So I picked up 4 but have some questions..... First has anyone heard of Bonanza dies? good/bad they looked in good shape.

    Got a couple of RCBS dies one in .38 and one in .357 also off the table. Both say SWC on label. I'm guessing they are not just set up for loading semi wad cutters? I should be able to reload any type of bullet with these correct?

    As always thanks for your help.

    pics added....

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  2. kerreckt

    kerreckt Well-Known Member

    Bonanza evolved into Forster Products. Either bought out or a name change. Not sure which but I have a few Bonanza products and they are of first class quality.
  3. d'Artagnan

    d'Artagnan Well-Known Member

    Note: Those are not carbide sizers. You'll have to lube the cases.
  4. ID-shooting

    ID-shooting Well-Known Member

    On the RCBS dies. You have to change the center piece between round nose and flat tipped bullets. The box I have came with multiple ones. Mine look just like this set.

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  5. medalguy

    medalguy Well-Known Member

    For the RCBS dies just call RCBS customer service and tell them you bought a used set of dies and that they are missing whichever seating plug. They will put one in the mail that day, no charge. Great service.
  6. Walkalong

    Walkalong Moderator

    The RCBS dies for SWC will have a flat truncated shaped seater stem. It will not work particularly well with RN. You should be able to get a RN stem from RCBS. They look like the old style set with a steel sizer, a decapper/expander, and a seater die. It's probably the same setup for the Bonanza.
  7. mdemetz

    mdemetz Well-Known Member

    RCBS sent me the adapter and de-capper assembly to move it to the sizing die.
  8. moxie

    moxie Well-Known Member

    I've found that decapping with the expander is not a problem, just different. What works, works.
  9. Jim K

    Jim K Well-Known Member

    The bullet seater should be suited to the bullet shape. If it isn't, the bullet may be marked by the seater. In most cases, the only difference will be cosmetic, but in extreme cases the bullet might be distorted enough to affect accuracy.

  10. JerryND

    JerryND Well-Known Member

    Forster purchased Bonanza from Clarence Purdie, in 1984. It was a local company in Fairbault, MN. Clarence's son Keith was the President of Gopher Sporting Goods in Fairbault for 20 years. Don't know if I have any Bonanza products left but I sure spent a bundle of money at Gopher. Met both of them through the years.

    Forster got their start making model airplane engines in the late 40's. Always wanted one but they were Cadilacs and I was on a Chevrolet,(no horse and buggy) income.
  11. fguffey

    fguffey Well-Known Member


    Jim K. the 1943 Mauser receiver is setting on an assortment of seater plugs,

    one of the other assortments have sizer die parts.

    The heavy one has case gages, trim dies and powder measure parts including drums for the Uniflow, large and small.

    F. Guffey
  12. Jim Watson

    Jim Watson Well-Known Member

    I always suspected them of wanting you to have to buy two sets of dies.
    I have seen some of their older sets without enough adjustment to allow for case lengths or widely varying bullets.
    Glad to see they have straightened out.

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