Originally Posted by Kevin Rohrer
They are too small a company to mass-produce. I ordered my '444' from them, and they built it and called me when I could pick it up.
I was greatly surprised to hear this. I have seen their presses advertised in the back of the gun magazines since I was a boy in the 1960s. I always thought they were a mass production company the same as the others.
I haven't seen any 1.25" dies before.
That's the thread size that the RCBS Rock Chucker and a few other presses are threaded for if you pull out the bushing.
I see. Thanks for the clarification.
I have been thinking of shortening 505 Gibbs to 2-3/4" and necking for the new Sierra Matchking 350gr 375 cal to make an extra long range paper target rifle to try to accomplish a similar bullet flight to the 50 Brownings with only half the bullet weight and half the powder charge.
I would also like to try a junior version of it by shortening the 505 to 2-1/4" and shoot the 30 caliber 210gr Matchkings & 208gr Hornadys.
These loads are inspired by Winchester saying their new 30 short mag is more accurate than their older 300 mag because while it has the same powder charge, it's shorter wider body puts more of it near the primer flash producing a more consistent burn. So with 505 being the widest rimless brass I know, those loads are what I came up with.
I also think a great Elefant cartridge for double Bbls would be the 577 2-3/4" necked to 500 and loaded with a 650gr bullet I would swedge myself. I would like to rebarrel a double and work through the regulating process. I think it would make a fun project. The 36/100 sectional density of the 650gr .510 diameter bullet would be the penetration king of Africa. The idea being to get enough density to be able to use soft nose for lung shots instead of having to use hard nose for everything.
But I am getting older and no richer, so the double rifle project shall probably never happen.
I would still like to make the extra long range target rifle.