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Bullet Swages

Bullet swaging die sets that are in-stock and can be shipped now are listed below. There may be one set in stock or there may be more than one. These are first come, first served so who-ever places an order first gets the set. The caliber and type of set (the type of bullet made) will change often so if you don’t see what you want now perhaps tomorrow it will be there.

Complete die sets are usually listed.  However individual dies may be ordered instead of a complete set or in addition to a set.

In-stock sets will be for the Walnut Hill press or other presses made by RCE, LLC™. No other type of dies will be stocked.  To order please go to the “How To Order” page.

264 Rebated Boattail add-on set

Price: $312.00

Make rebated boattail (RBT) bullets in 264 (6.5 mm) caliber by adding this set to a three die 264 flat base set.  Includes the boattail one die (BT-1), an internal RBT punch for use with the flat base core seat die, and a rebated boattail point form external punch.  Boattail bullets are useful for long range shooting and generally are best with a longer ogive such as an 8S or longer.

308 14S die set

Price: $542.00

.308 set that makes  flat base, open tip bullet with a 14S ogive.  This is a long ogive.   A minimum jacket length of 1.300″ and a maximum length of 1.400″ is needed.  Add the rebated boattail die set to further improve down-range performance.   The set includes the core swage, core seat, and point form dies plus two core seating punches for J4 or similar jackets.  The photo shows an 8S bullet, the 14S bullet, and a typical VLD bullet.  The black marks indicates the approximate beginning of the ogive for comparison.  The 14S bullet in the photo weighs 200 grains and used a 1.360″ long jacket.

308 LRN die set

Price: $698.00

Four die set (core swage, core seat, point form die, lead tip die & two seating punches) that makes a long round nose bullet (LRN bullet).  The ogive is about 9/16″ long and is more tapered than the common round nose bullets.  Similar to the Kynoch round nose slugs but a bit longer.  The heavy, long bullet will have very good sectional density which is essential to penetration on game.  Makes an open tip and soft point bullets.  Use jacket lengths of 1.200″ or longer.  Photo shows a 30 caliber bullet with a 1 1/4E ogive and the LRN bullet.  The 1 1/4E bullet has an ogive just over 3/8″ long.   The LRN bullet weighs 230 grains and was made with a 1.360″ long jacket.  The black marks indicate the start of the ogives.

308 RMR die set

Price: $542.00

Three die set.  Makes a .308″ open tip, flat base bullet.  The ogive is a duplicate of the 1934 Russian Minimal Resistance (RMR) bullet.  The Russians developed what is today called a hybrid or dual ogive bullet but US Ordnance rejected it in favor of a spitzer bullet.  The ogive starts with a spitzer curve and then becomes a spire point.  The bullet appears to be a spitzer but a closer look reveals the two ogives.   The set includes the core swage, core seat, and point form dies.   The RMR bullet is shown below an 8S spitzer bullet.  Both bullets are made with a 1.150″ long jacket. The 8S weighs 175 grains and the RMR 165 grains.  Note the RMR ogive is flatter forward on the ogive.

308 8S set

Price: $542.00

Three die set.  Makes a .308″ flat base, open tip bullet that has a 8S ogive.   Includes the core swage, core seat, and point form dies.  Two core seat punches.  Use commercial drawn jackets.  Use 1.0″ long jackets or longer.  Copper tubing jackets can be used but a different core swage die and seating punches would be needed.  Photo shows a 4S bullet, a 6S bullet, and an 8S bullet.  Black line on the bullets is the approximate start of the ogive.  175grain 8S open tip bullet made with a 1.150″ jacket is shown.  Photo of a 6S and 8S bullet.

308 10S set

Price: $542.00

Three die set.  Makes a .308″ flat base, open tip bullet that has a 10S ogive.   Includes the core swage, core seat, and point form dies.  Two core seat punches.  Use commercial drawn jackets.  Use 1.0″ long jackets or longer.  Copper tubing jackets can be used but a different core swage die and seating punches would be needed.   Black line on the bullets is the approximate start of the ogive.  205 grain 10S open tip bullet made with a 1.30″ jacket is shown.  Jackets as short as 1.150″ can be used to make lighter bullets.  8S and 10S bullets shown.

308 VLD set

Price: $542.00

Three die set.  Makes a .308″ flat base, open tip bullet that has a VLD ogive.   Includes the core swage, core seat, and point form dies.  Two core seat punches.  Use commercial drawn jackets.  Use 1.150″ long jackets or longer.   Black line on the bullets is the approximate start of the ogive.  200 grain VLD open tip bullet made with a 1.30″ jacket is shown.  A 10S bullets is above it for comparison.  The 10S ogive is nearly as long as the VLD but the VLD has a flatter curve.

Rebated Boattail Set

Price: $312.00

308 rebated boattail die set.  Add to a three die flat base set to be able to make both flat base and rebated boattail bullets.  The rebated boattail is no different in performance than a standard boattail but the punches used to form the BT base will last much longer and are more forgiving of mistakes when making bullets.  The RBT base is much better for home or small bullet making shops.  There is a discount for the set if ordered with a three die set.

312 LRN set

Price: $698.00

Four die set makes a .312″ flat base bullet that has a long round nose.  Makes open tip and soft point bullets.  The ogive is a little less than 5/8″ long.  High sectional density makes it a good hunting bullet.  The ogive is similar to the Kynoch bullet and would be useful in various 303 caliber rifles like the 303 British or 7.7 mm Arisaka.  Use with commercial drawn jackets that are 1.0″ long or longer.  A 1.150″ jacket makes about a 205 grains soft point.

312 4S set

Price: $542.00

Three die set makes a .312″ flat base bullet that has an 4S spitzer (tangent) ogive.  Makes open tip bullets.  Use with commercial drawn jackets that are  .800″ long or longer .  A .800″ long jacket will make about a 120 grain bullet.  The larger tip opening makes this bullet suitable for hunting and target work.  A bullet reducer set can be used to make .310″ bullets or a 312 to 308 set can be used to make 30 caliber bullets.

312 8S set

Price: $542.00

Three die set makes a .312″ flat base bullet that has an 8S spitzer (tangent) ogive.  Makes open tip bullets.  Use with commercial drawn jackets that are  1.0″ long or longer .  A 1.150″ long jacket will make about a 175 grain bullet.  The small tip opening makes this bullet unsuitable for hunting.  A bullet reducer set can be used to make .310″ bullets or a 312 to 308 set can be used to make 30 caliber bullets.

8 mm die set

Price: $565.00

Four die set makes a .329″ bullet for the 8 mm Hungarian-Steyr Carbine.  Includes a 30 caliber jacket expanded die and a .329″ to .323″ bullet resizer to make standard 8 mm bullets.

458 three die set

Price: $542.00

Three die set makes a .458″ flat base bullet that has a round nose, flat tip ogive.  Makes open tip, hollow point, and flush tip bullets.  Included are a core swage, core seat, and the point form dies.  Good bullet for the 45-70 tubular magazine rifles.  Also fine for use in single shots and box magazine bolt guns.  Best with mid to heavy weight bullets.  The set includes seating punches for jackets made from 45 ACP cases and type M copper tubing jackets.

458 Tubing Jacket Set

Price: $578.00

Tubing jacket maker die set.  458 caliber.  The set uses hard, straight copper tubing type L and type M.  Type L makes about a .035″ thick jacket useful for higher velocity loads and type M makes about a .030″ thick jacket suitable for lower velocity loads.  The set includes the jacket maker die, 3 forming punches for L tubing, 3 forming punches for M tubing, a reducer die set-1/2″ to 458 caliber, an end flattening punch, a stuck jacket removal punch, and core seat punches for L and M tubing.

Type L and type M 3/8 tubing has an actual measured diameter of 1/2″ so 510 and 500 caliber jackets can be made.  A 500 caliber reducer die set would be needed to complete the 500 caliber jacket set.  An optional 458 caliber jacket trim set can be used to trim the 458 jackets to in-between lengths.

475 three die set

Price: $542.00

Three die set makes a .475″ flat base bullet that has a 1 1/4E round nose ogive.  Makes open tip and flush tip bullets.  Good bullet for the 475 #2 Nitro Express, 475 Ackley Magnum, 475 A&M Magnum, or similar rifles.  Best with mid to heavy weight bullets.  The set was tested using 308 Winchester cases for the jacket but copper tubing jackets can be used.