The RCBS bullet swage

I refer to the Top Shots question from Lee in your October 2018 edition answered by Rod Pascoe and thought you may find my experience of interest to Lee and other .228^ projectile users. My friend Dr Larry Blackmon at Bullet Swaging Supply in the US recently reworked an old original RCBS 22 cal. Bullet Swage to .228^ diameter.

I’ve just finished a run of 530 at 70gr soft point in.228^. The RCBS bullet swage is definitely not a production type die but more suited to the hobby bullet maker. The die is two-piece separating at the junction of the parallel shank and ogive (nose) section for removal of the pointed bullet, all being very labour intensive and therefore expensive. My thoughts may also be of interest to Allan Palk whose article on his .204 .22Hi-Power in February was most interesting. I always enjoy reading the Top Shots column. Keep up the good work.

Gary Little, via email

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