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    Thumbs up .22 LR to .223?

    Has anybody in here done this?
    I have read about taking a .22 LR case and making it a .224 projectile.
    How hard is it and what tools do I need to do it?
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    hmm...so you are saying the empty brass is fired out of a .223 case? or am I picturing this wrong.

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    I've seen writeups on swaging 22lr cases into 224 bullets. My thoughts are once you get the swaging press/dies and the lead wire it shouldn't be too hard. However thats a lot of time to make one bullet. You have to figure your time is worth something.

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    Corbin makes the dies and presses to do this, they also sell molds so you can cast the cores from scrap lead.

    http://www.corbins.com/index.htm

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    my time is worth nothing so I'd be interested in hearing more about this

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    I had a magazine that had an article about this, I think I threw it out but I'll check.

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    Corbin has everything you need for this task. The kit is $783 and will mount to most all RCBS presses. With the price of ammo going thought the roof this would be a good investment. Stock up on .22LR and lead and you got what you need to make your own projectiles and then reload with the same press. As much as I shoot this will pay for it's self in about 6-7 months.
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    hmm, that might be a little too expensive for me right now, even though I know it is a good investment. I would probably need a new press as well.

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    I found someone http://cgi.ebay.com/LEAD-WIRE-for-ma...742.m153.l1262 that will extrude lead wire in different sizes. That plus a core cutter for $100 that they make would speed up the time it takes you to make cores over casting them. It might not take as much time as I thought if you did that. An old cheap cast iron RCBS JR 2 or 3 press can be found for about $30 in good shape (I got mine for $15) and would stand up to swaging.

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