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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.

224 8 degree spire point

Price: $542.00

This is a three die set to make a .224″ bullet similar to the old Wotkyns-Morse 8S bullet that was popular in the early days of 22 centerfire rifles.   Flat base bullet with an open tip ogive.  In this case the 8S is not an 8 caliber spitzer but instead means a spire point ogive (like a sharp pencil) that has an eight degree angle per side.  The spire point ogive was once quite popular but spitzer bullets became the “go to” ogive.  Includes a .191″ core swage die, core seat die with punches for J4 & Sierra jackets, and the point form die.  Includes a seating punch for jackets made from 22LR cases.  Use commercial drawn jackets about .650″ to .800″ long or jackets made from 22LR cases.  A .705″ jacket will make around a 55 grain open tip bullet.  Add the rebated boattail set to this set to make bullets suitable for up to 600 yards.

 

224 VLD 15-020 set

Price: $772.00

Die set to make both flat base and rebated boattail open tip bullets.  Included are the core swage, core seat, BT-1 die, and point form dies.  Seating punches are included for J4 jackets.  Makes a medium VLD bullet that has an ogive about the same length as a 10s spitzer.  This VLD is better suited to rifles that have less room in the magazine.  The bullet is intended for long range competition and is not recommended for hunting.

224 VLD 16-010 set

Price: $772.00

Die set to make a longer VLD bullet that is better suited to bolt action rifles or for single loading.  The set includes the core swage, core seat, BT-1, and the point form dies.  Makes both flat base and open tip bullets.  Seating punches for J4 jackets are included.  Good long range target bullet but due to the small tip opening not recommended for hunting.

224 rebated boattail add-on set

Price: $312.00

Rebated boattail (RBT) die set that would be added to a three die flat base set.  With the RBT set both flat base and rebated boattail bullets can be made.  Generally used with 8S or longer ogives to make bullets better suited for long range shooting.

251 three die set

Price: $542.00

Three die set to make a .251″  flat base bullet with a long truncated conical (TC) ogive that has about a 5/32″ wide flat tip.  Makes hollow point, open tip, and solid lead tip bullets.  Use fired 22 short cases or cut off 22LR cases for the jackets.

257 three die set

Price: $542.00

 Makes a .257″ flat base bullet that has an open tip 8S (spitzer) ogive.  .205″ core swage, core seat, and point form dies.  Two seating punches for J4 jackets.  Fired 22 WMR and 22 WRF cases can be used for jackets.

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 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 Flat tip set

Price: $542.00

Three die set.  Makes a .308″ flat base bullet that has a 6S flat tip ogive.  Intended for tubular magazine rifles like most 30-30 lever guns but can be used in bolt guns as well.  Includes the core swage, core seat, and point form dies.  Two core seat punches.  Use commercial drawn jackets.  Copper tubing jackets can be used but a different core swage die and seating punches would be needed.  The photo shows a 186 grain bullet with a small lead tip made with a 1.0″ long jacket.  The other bullet is made with a .925″ jacket and weighs 167 grains.

308 4S set

Price: $542.00

Three die set.  Makes a .308″ flat base, open tip bullet that has a 4S ogive.   Includes the core swage, core seat, and point form dies.  Two core seat punches.  Use commercial drawn jackets.  Use .800″ long jackets or a bit longer.  Copper tubing jackets can be used but a different core swage die and seating punches would be needed.  Photo shows a 115 grain open tip bullet and a 140 grain soft point made using the .800″ jacket.

308 6S set

Price: $542.00

Three die set.  Makes a .308″ flat base, open tip bullet that has a 4S ogive.   Includes the core swage, core seat, and point form dies.  Two core seat punches.  Use commercial drawn jackets.  Use .925″ 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.  150 grain 4S open tip bullet made with a 1.0″ jacket is shown.

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 die set

Price: $236.00

Die set to make a .312″ diameter lead bullet.  The set has a hollow base punch, flat base punch, round nose and target wadcutter punches.  Also includes a flat face external punch so the set can be used as a core swage for 35 caliber bullets or a flat base bullet that has a flat front with a large hollow cavity can be made.

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.

357 three die set

Price: $542.00

Makes a .357″ diameter bullet for use in 357 Magnum, 38 Special, and other 38 caliber handguns.  Good bullet for use with a Winchester 92 chambered for the 357 Mag. or other lever guns.  The set includes a .318″ core swage, core seat, and round nose, flat tip point form die.  The flat tip is about 7/32″ diameter (.219″) making the bullet good for tubular magazines.  Makes open tip, flush tip, and hollow point bullets.  9 mm and 380 ACP cases can be used for jackets.

366 three die set

Price: $542.00

Makes a .366″ bullet (9.3 mm) with a 4S open tip ogive.  Includes a core seat punch for jackets made from fired 223/5.56 cartridge cases.  Also include is a 5.56 case to 366 jacket maker.

452 Lead Bullet die

Price: $156.00

Lead Bullet die to make a .452″ bullet.   Makes a flat base bullet that has a H&G 68 nose.  This is shorter than a Keith style and has the corners rounded to improve feeding in autoloading pistols.  The bullet has a small step where the ogive and bearing meet.

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.

50 Caliber Set

Price: $542.00

Three die set.    Flat base, round nose, flat tip .500″ diameter bullet.  Makes hollow point, open tip, and solid lead tips.   Use belted magnum cases for the jacket or type L tubing.    Photo shows the bullets that can be made.  On the left the core was seated outside of the jacket to make a solid lead tip bullet, the middle bullet is a hollow point, and on the right the core was seated inside of the jacket to make a flush tip bullet.  The flush tip has the jacket rolled over the meplat of the bullet to improve feeding in autoloaders.