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Old June 1, 2005, 06:22 PM   #1
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Cutting down brass cheap

What would be a easy and inexpensive way to cut down some brass like 44mag to 44 spec. That isn't what I"m doing but only need about 10, dremel works but can't seem to get straight cut.Wanted to try a tubing cutter but can't find mine?????????
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Old June 1, 2005, 07:46 PM   #2
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Tube cutter dents the ends in too much.

Easiest way for such a small batch is probably just to cut them a little long with the Dremel and square them and get final length with a case trimmer.

I have a baby chop saw I got from Harbor Freight for about $30 that does pretty good shortening .223 to make 9mm Largo.
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Old June 1, 2005, 07:53 PM   #3
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you must be very bored or energetic(pick one). I would just take the easy way out and buy the 44 special brass to begin with
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Old June 2, 2005, 06:27 PM   #4
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http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...sPageName=WDVW

$10 plus shipping per hundred. USED. Headstamp unknown.
or...
http://www.midwayusa.com/eproductpag...eitemid=744409
$12 plus shipping for 100 pieces of new starline.....

You'll spend hours dinking around with those ten cases, and ruin some good .44 mag brass.

I used to cut down cases, not anymore.
The only exception is if they are not available any other way.
Or are just way out of line, like .41 special, etc.
(Dremel cutting wheel flies apart, gets in your eye, your cost savings are gone.)
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Old June 3, 2005, 10:52 AM   #5
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If you use a tube cutter insert an appropriatly sized dowel to prevent the dents.
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Old June 3, 2005, 11:03 AM   #6
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Lee makes a trimmer that chucks up in a drill and a cutter goes inside the case, bottoming out on the special shellholder giving you proper length.

You buy two cards, one holds the drill chuck & universal cutter, one holds the caliber specific guide rod & shell holder. 5 bucks each, total of 10 bucks and you're set. Works good.
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Old June 3, 2005, 04:28 PM   #7
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I just used the .44mag to 44spec as an example not what I want to do.What I want to do is cut down .357 to fit the 9MM.Just playing around with a cut down .357 the case fits very well.I have a 9MM revolver and want to do away with the dam moon clips and yes the bullet fits quite well only a thousands difference.The case should be able to take the pressure they both shoot about the same.That is why I said .357 not .38.I just want to cut down a few and try them just something to play with.Now if they still made a rimmed 9MM
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Old June 3, 2005, 04:51 PM   #8
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Hmm sounds like you need a friend with one of those tabletop trimmers like an RCBS or Lyman. They're fully adjustable pretty much.

Tell you what, I have 357 brass (and no gun for it) and a power trimmer. Tell me what length you want them and I'll trim you up a handful and send them to you if you want. It's all once fired, nickle or brass?
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Old June 3, 2005, 06:43 PM   #9
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Those cases are going to need inside reaming as well. The side walls are too thick near the base.
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Old June 5, 2005, 04:24 AM   #10
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Electric case trimmer! Or, the Lyman that has the ability to chuck your drill to it!

Do it quite a bit with .357 Magnum brass to achieve the .357 Short Magnum.
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Old June 5, 2005, 07:10 AM   #11
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I did that very same thing with a .45 colt vaquero.
I wanted to use .45 acp bullets and data.
I didn't really want to buy a new cylinder to try out loads, to have them not work because of bullet size differences.
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Old June 11, 2005, 05:29 PM   #12
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Well needless to say have give up on the idea for NOW.Went out a bought a Kel-tec P11 in 9 MM.Just shot it a few times but seems like a nice little carry gun.
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Old June 11, 2005, 05:32 PM   #13
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Well needless to say have give up on the idea for NOW.Went out a bought a Kel-tec P11 in 9 MM.Just shot it a few times but seems like a nice little carry gun. And thank you EDWARD for your kind offer
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