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Making .223 bullets out of .22LR brass

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by SheepDog223, Jul 16, 2011.

  1. SheepDog223

    SheepDog223 Salem Well-Known Member

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    I guess Speer used to make bullets out of .22LR brass. Internet says it's an explosive projectile suited mostly for rodents and paper.

    Does anybody know what is needed to shape the .22LR brass?

    Has anyone done this before?

    Has anyone heard of this before?
     
  2. platz

    platz everett New Member

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    couldnt you melt the brass?
     
  3. SheepDog223

    SheepDog223 Salem Well-Known Member

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    I don't think you melt it... I think you get some sort of die for your reloading press and press it. ??? I'm not sure.
     
  4. MrNiceGuy

    MrNiceGuy between springfield and shelbyville Well-Known Member

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  5. darkminstrel

    darkminstrel PDX Well-Known Member

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    Man, I was just telling someone about that process not even a week ago. Was a good money saver during the .223 drought.
     
  6. motoman98

    motoman98 Gresham, OR Active Member

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    Ever hear of RCBS in the reloading world? Rock Chuck Bullet Swage: that's how they started. From when you couldn't buy reloading bullets, you swaged your own jacketed .22 cf bullets for varmints.
     
  7. deadshot2

    deadshot2 NW Quadrant WA State Well-Known Member

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    Corbin makes a kit for this. Rimfire jackets to .223 Bullets

    Make the jackets from .22LR cases, swage the cores, form the points, all with special dies.

    A pricey kit at $800 for all the pieces.
     
  8. AMProducts

    AMProducts Maple Valley, WA Jerk, Ammo Manufacturer Silver Supporter

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    man, I just made a very long post, and the board ate it.. and now it's late :(

    Anyways, there are more than a few companys that make rimfire jacket forming dies, RCE (corbin's brother), CH4D, Hollywood, and numerous other manufacturers. If you are really interested in the subject, I suggest going over to the castboolits forum and digging through the swaging section, the guys there are super into this kind of thing, and there are more than a few open-source die designs for you to copy. Even i made them for a while. I will try to rehash some of what the board ate later.