loading for a winchester 94

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by lamiglas, Apr 14, 2009.

  1. lamiglas

    lamiglas Well-Known Member

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    my father in law wants to load up some shells for his old winchester 30-30. the question is: He foung an old two die set for the 30-30. Can he load for his lever action with these dies by using the seater die to crimp? or does he need to get a 3 die set with a crimp die following the seater die? the dies are rcbs.

    any advice on loading this cartridge would be much appreciated.

    thanks.
     
  2. mtelkhntr78

    mtelkhntr78 Well-Known Member

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    You should be able to crimp with the 2 die set. I just loaded about 400 30-30 with some fairly old RCBS dies. I crimped all of those. Hope this helps
     

  3. AJ Peacock

    AJ Peacock Well-Known Member

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    +1, it's easy to use the 2 die set and get a great crimp. Just adjust the body of the die down until you get the appropriate crimp, then the actual seater assembly to get the correct seating depth.

    1) seat a bullet the correct depth without a crimp,
    2) back off the seater assembly
    3) Adjust the body of the die down to apply the correct crimp to that piece of brass
    4) with the cartridge up in the die, screw the seater assembly down snug against the bullet and lock everything down

    This will get you really close.

    One other thing, if the brass isn't all the same length, the crimps won't all be the same.


    AJ
     
    Last edited: Apr 15, 2009
  4. RT2506

    RT2506 Well-Known Member

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    Be sure that the bullets you use have a crimp groove in them and crimp into this groove.
     
  5. lamiglas

    lamiglas Well-Known Member

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    appreciate all the great info guys! This site is amazing!
     
  6. Kevin Thomas

    Kevin Thomas Well-Known Member

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    AJ,

    Good call here. Nothing worse than trying to seat and crimp .30/30s on the same stroke. Separate steps, using the same die, just like you said. It's an extra die, but I actually really like the Lee Factory Crimp dies for this type of crimping. They're pretty cheap, and they really do a superb job.

    Dittos on the case length warning. Consistency is the key.

    KT