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Swage 22 bullets from 22 brass cases

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Charlie1022, Nov 29, 2012.

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  1. Charlie1022

    Charlie1022 Member

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    Anyone out there make theri own 22 bullets from 22 brass and if so what are your results and the cost of equipment to get set up. I have been thinking about trying it but need some advise. Thanks
    Charlie
     
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    im interested in this as well. ive only been reloading 223 for a few weeks now, but 12 cents a bullet really puts a hampering on how much I shoot compared to free cast pistol bullets.
     
  3. rcmodel

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    I have never done it, but heres all about it.

    http://www.corbins.com/kit-224.htm

    Dies cost $833 dollars + lead core wire, a core cutter, etc.
    You also need a pretty heavy duty press.

    Thats why I have never done it.

    I doubt I have shot a $1,000 worth of .224 bullets in my life.
    Even when Uncle Sam was buying them for me to shoot.

    rc
     
  4. TheCracker

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    I think it's a great idea in theory but when you factor in the outrageous cost of setup it's not worth it. Also, from what I've seen the accuracy is not that great.
     
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    I've been swageing bullets since the 70's and i do have all the dies and several "swage presses" to turn 22RF caseings into .224" and .228" bullets.

    Besides the cost, there's also the fact that rimfire caseings aren't the same quality they use to be.

    DM
     
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    Some guys use 9mm cases for .40 jackets. There are a lot of other examples.. I've never done it.
     
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    Is a brass jacket harder on your barrel than copper?
     
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    When fully annealed the brass is really soft also and no problem. Reloader Fred makes a lot of different swaged bullets but I am unsure of making .224 sized ones. There was a younger guy on here IIRC that was buying .22 brass and doing just what you are asking but I do not remember his user name just now.

    The best thing I do have to add is that any dies are really expensive and the process is labor intensive to get questionable quality bullets in the end. So is it really worth it? Most do not think so it seems.
     
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    I took a Lee swage die & with a drill press & sandpaper turned down the pusher(sorry making up my own name). I pushed some reclaimed 22LR bullets into the jackets with the same setup. My press was The Lee Classic Cast & everything took no effort. I still haven't got around to finishing this project but the plan is to turn another punch that has the bullet profile to be used in The Lee Hand Press mounted on top of the same die while it is still in The Classic Cast press. Hope you can picture what I'm saying.
     
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