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Old 01-25-2014, 11:19 PM   #1
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Default Trying my hand a homemade Jacketed bullet making.

I have seen threads on other forums about making bullet jackets out of once fired cases. The equipment needed was always too expensive for me to just experiment. But I read about someone making 357 bullet jackets out of .380 cases. I have wanted to make some major caliber fast bullets.

The first thing I did was to anneal the cases. I heated them to red hot. Then dropped them into a plastic jug of water. I dried them off and lubed them real good.

I used my RCBS lube-a-matic II to size the cases down to .358. Then I used a lee push through sizer on my press to get down to .356.

Then I gently used an 8mm mauser sizing die with the decapper removed. I gently pushed the cases up into the die to reach the neck part of the die. It put the round nose on the end of the brass. Then I took a lead 150 grain 8mm bullet and stuck it in the case. I heated it with a torch to melt the lead into the case. I just let the left over lead run over the top. Then I used a pointed tip on my lube-matic again to squeeze the final tip on the bullet.

This is a pic of a couple finished bullets. They home made rounds weigh 175 grains. The round in the middle it a factory 140 grain bullet for comparison.

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This is what I am making them for. It is a .357 Herrett. That is a necked up 30-30 case with a .357 bullet. That is one of the bullets that I made. It will push that bullet somewhere around 2000 fps. Not bad for a pistol!

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This is a picture of the 357 Herrett next to a 357 Magnum. Just for a size comparison. I will be shooting this out of a 14 inch barreled Thompson Contender.

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That's pretty interesting, and very clever. Good job.



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Let us know how it works. It's something to think about anyhow.

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It is a lot of work. Probably not worth it from a money-vs-time point. It would be cheaper to buy the bullets for reloading. But it is very interesting to play around with. If I were to buy the ammo already made I would have to buy it on line. It is $136.00 for 50 rounds. Plus hazmat and shipping.

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There are also people making 451 and 454 bullets from 45 ACP cases. I don't plan on doing that right now. But if we were to have another shortage of ammo and components...well, who knows?

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Rick,there's no need to quench your brass in water after you anneal it. It does nothing for the brass,it's not like other metals that do require quenching.

That's very interesting making bullet jackets that way.

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No Hazmat charge for ammunition

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Rick,there's no need to quench your brass in water after you anneal it. It does nothing for the brass,it's not like other metals that do require quenching.

That's very interesting making bullet jackets that way.

Would make for being able to not worry about burning what ever he drops the cases on. At that point it's more of a safety thing.
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