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Thread: Home made .243 from 22lr cases 101

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    Home made .243 from 22lr cases 101

    Here is how you can make your own bullets!
    No special presses needed just a set of dies (I got mine from Joe bloggs of this site).
    Swaging is not dark magic. Or over complicated and you can produce some cracking bullets. Some would say better than the stuff you can buy. In the long run they will be far cheaper too.

    I will now let the pictures do the talking, as they can explain it better than I can type it.

    ENJOY!!

    First we need a set of dies. They look like this. Going from left to right, we have the de-rim die, core swage, core seat, and lastly point form(this one has a hollow point punch)
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    We also need a longer handle for the press. no further modification is now needed.
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    Lets cut some lead cores. We are using wire,but you can get core moulds.
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    Now lube the case.

    Then we will need to put a bit of lube on the punch. I use 3 in 1 it seems to work ok. You will not need much at all, in fact just wipe it over the punch with your fingers after you have lubed the case. You MUST Lube the punch it or you will get the case stuck in the die.

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    Place the case over the punch and operate the press.
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    A nicely de-rimmed case.
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    Remember those cores we cut? well now we change dies and swage them this will regulate the core as any excess will be trimmed.

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    You can now see the difference.

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    Before we seat the cores we had better anneal the now formed ex 22lr jacket. So into some heat until it gets cherry red. Then dunk into some water to cool and blow dry with an air line if you have one. If not leave to dry before you go to the next step.

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    Now we will seat the cores into the jackets and in so doing make the first swage.

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    After it will look like this. The core is nicely seated.

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    Next we make the bullet ogive using the point form die. the punch I have is a hollow pointer, it makes a great hunting bullet

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    So there you go!

    I'm off to the range on monday so i will post some pictures of the targets to show grouping.
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    Very nice! I'm anxious to see your range results!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MarinePMI View Post
    Very nice! I'm anxious to see your range results!

    Here's a picture of a holey paper mr fox. a victim of the first batch I swaged up. I am sure muir will have me bring some over next fall.

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    Last edited by Simjim33; 27-09-2012 at 19:39.

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    Nice work! Have you found that different makes of casings affect the finished product?
    ~Muir

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    Quote Originally Posted by Muir View Post
    Nice work! Have you found that different makes of casings affect the finished product?
    ~Muir
    No not really, all makes work. But I have some that fail when de-riming. It makes no difference what make they are TBH. I think it when I dont lube them enough. Or it could just be week brass. About 1 in 12 fail. But then they are free.

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    Oooo. Feeling a little green with envy. That is a beautiful die set.~Muir
    Last edited by Muir; 28-09-2012 at 00:01.

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    I cant agree more! Joe really came through for me

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    thats a great write up and a step by step im pleased its all working well they look great ,atb wayne

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    Are they better than Corbins product?
    Martin

  10. #10
    Great stuff. I have bought projectiles made from 22 cases before. Some were alright. Whats the best accuracy you rekon you can extract from these.
    How musch does the die set cost?

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