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Old 02-07-2007, 10:45 PM
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turning and reforming brass

I need some expert tips on what tools to use to turn and reform brass. I want to rebate the rim so it fits my bolt head. how do I hold the cases and is there a tool available for rim turning.
I am not new to making wildcats but this is my first time turning a rim
the obvious question.. well the answer is I dont want to open up the bolt head because I have 3 barrels for this gun and I change it around now I want to use a bigger case for metalic silhouette
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Re: turning and reforming brass

It would help if you mentioned what bolt face and what cases you are considering turning?
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Old 02-08-2007, 05:45 AM
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Re: turning and reforming brass

I do mine on the lathe. I hold the case in a collet and I made the tool for cutting the rim myself.
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Re: turning and reforming brass

I do mine on the lathe also, but I do it like an oldtimer showed me,put a brass rod in the chuck, turn it to the size of the bullet,push the case on with the tailstock,turn then pull the case off. I don,t know how you chuck the case in.Seems it would be hard to turn even!
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Re: turning and reforming brass

I have done this in my lathe with a form tool that I made. Soft ( machinable) collets are available to make a custom one for your specific case.What case are you trying to modify to what bolt face?
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Re: turning and reforming brass

I made a tapperd sleve that was chucked up in the lathe, the shell casing presses into the sleve, just lightly tap the case, it will not move. Then there is a cut out for a small screw driver to fit into, this acts like an extractor to remove the caseing. I made a wildcat for a customer, he wanted to make a 338 mag for a short action rifle. We took 348 win cases, turned off the rims, cut an extractor groove, improved the case to a 40 deg shoulder, short fat case that fit into a Rem 600 action. Made a heck of a mountain rifle. Velocity was equal to that of a 338 win mag, non belted mag case. Sound familar? I only made one of these rifles, too much work making the cases.

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Old 02-09-2007, 11:32 PM
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Re: turning and reforming brass

I would like to mention the case and such but I also want to keep it a secret for a while. If all works well it will be a new wildcat with my name on it. I am taking a case changing the neck size re-doing the sholder shortening the case and also rebating the rim.all to get enough power to knock the targets down at 500. it will be like a wsm but with a rebated rim
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