Re: Brass case wall thickness
Thanks for the help. I am using .32 ACP dies. Closer examination shows that the the early brass that was the thickest WAS Starline (such a small stamp looked like W-W, but closer look proved to be *-*).
Here's how they miked: R-P was .010; W-W was .011 and Starline was .012.
Too bad those RCBS 7.65 French dies are so dang expensive at about $160 (and the shell holders, too, at $20 from Buffalo Arms). I'm hearing your pain!!! The .32 ACP expander plug mikes at .013, so I don't bother using it. The .308 - .309 bullets enter the case mouth without needing it even with Starline brass.
One thing. You can make that 7.65 MAS ammo by hand without a lathe. It is a slow process with a drill press, a shell holder, some jewler's files and hack-saw blades, but it can be done. I've made 175 so far, and they turned out really well. If you have time to fiddle with it, you can turn out about 15 per hour. Nobody makes these except that outfit in Austrailia (Bertram), and those are pricey. Buffalo Arms used to have these milled from Starline brass, but I have a 3 month back-order with them right now.
Last edited by jim brady; 03-31-2010 at 01:15 PM..
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