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Converting .348 Win to 10.4mm Italian Vetterli

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Converting .348 Win to 10.4mm Italian Vetterli

#1 Post by SWIHARTMARK » Tue Jun 06, 2017 6:45 pm

Besides annealing the brass before expanding the neck, what other steps are necessary? I wondered how much you can get away with at one time expanding the neck. From what I see it should be done in .020 steps, or does the annealing make that much greater. I'll have to make some expanders for my press accordingly.

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Mark

BTW, any body use a NOE bullet mold for this rifle?

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Re: Converting .348 Win to 10.4mm Italian Vetterli

#2 Post by garra » Wed Jun 21, 2017 6:11 pm

Mark,

When I was expanding necks and needed to really expand to almost the case size I went to C&H 4 D. they will make tapered expanding inserts and with along with their holder work really well. In some cases I had to have 3 tapered inserts made, just tell them what diameter you want to start with and where you want to end up. The inserts were pretty reasonable, about $15.00 each.

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Re: Converting .348 Win to 10.4mm Italian Vetterli

#3 Post by SWIHARTMARK » Mon Jun 26, 2017 5:24 pm

Looks like I shall make some myself to save money. I rigged up a blank CH4D die to accept custom tooling for use on my Lee Classic press. I'll also anneal those cases before I try anything. I don't know if CH4D has dies for the old Italian Vetterli rifles. Only one way to find out and fork over some $$$. Nobody responded to my NOE mold request. I need a better mold for this rifle than something made for a 44 mag pistol. Of course, its far cheaper, but I'm not a bright boy.

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Re: Converting .348 Win to 10.4mm Italian Vetterli

#4 Post by garra » Mon Jun 26, 2017 11:22 pm

C&H makes dies for that caliber I bought a set for my rifle. Ended up using a 255gn bullet .429 diameter. If I remember correctly I tried a heavier one but it didn't want to chamber properly.
It was sometimes faster to go through Buffalo when ordering C&H dies, they would have them in stock, where you had to wait till a production run was planned if you went directly to C&H.

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Re: Converting .348 Win to 10.4mm Italian Vetterli

#5 Post by SWIHARTMARK » Thu Jun 29, 2017 5:18 pm

I noticed that mold is likely a Lee one. I was told to use the Lee one with 300 grains. I almost ordered those CH4D dies as they were in stock this spring. Maybe now? Thanks for the tip on Buffalo Arms as CH4D makes molds for them I noticed and at the same price offering that CH4D has. I have to gather the cash and gumption to mess with rifle, but she is a looker. I think I have a Lyman mold around .244 grains. You think that will do? Picked it up for $20, might as give it a go then.

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Mark

BTW, I need to look at my 32ACP PRVI ammo tonight for AOL. I did shoot one entire box, so I hope they don't vary by box.

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