swaging die set. Finally Made! 👍

Forums Pellets, Projectiles, Slugs, & Ammo swaging die set. Finally Made! 👍

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    Almeidaken
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    I have access to some of the best CNC machines out there. Some time ago I made diabolo pellet casting and swaging dies, they were expensive because they had multiple machining operations involved in it. 

    I tried to cut the cost down but the machining operations did retain its shift charges. Being an engineer I generated my own CNC tool path that reduced machining times in half and did some spectacular machining. Yet the cost remained the primary concern. 

     

     

    After discussing with many airgun enthusiasts, I drilled down the following

    points and requirements.

    1. The total set up cost should be below $200
    2. The projectile need not be a diabolo as there are many options available off the shelf
    3. The process should not include melting the lead. It should involve using lead wire or other alloy wires.
    4. It should be modular and easy to use.

    So I zeroed down to Making such a kit,  with all the attributes as mentioned by my fellow air gunners. The mission was to make a slug swaging die. So phase 1 of the project was to determine which .22 cal is better. because you have .2165 .217 .218 .219 .220 .221 .222 and .223 chambered "Air Rifles" in .22 cal category. We selected .218, as the caliber serves a base for FX and LW Walther barrels (only for PCP). Then we machined the die set. with Inserts that seal the rifling of any barrel. The weights of slugs can be fully adjusted by cutting the core to the exact weight. 

     

    The results. Hollow point inserts didn't work as expected 😁😋.  

    Conical heads worked fantastically well. 8 out of 10 slugs weighted in 30.8 grains while 2 weighted in at 30.4 and 30.6 grains. attributed to little lead bleeding. They were pressed using a $45 1 ton arbor press. Just enough to feel the resistance of lead and not much. Pure lead forms well. 

     
     

    I did have a fair share of failures. that included the semi wadcutter insert was oversized by 5 microns We stepped up into .219 instead of .218 because of it …. But that can be rectified. All I came to know is that you can make .218 cal slug for FX and .223 slug for Huben K1 from just one kit. The next move is to make a kit for low powered springers. 🤘

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    jwrabbit123
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    can you tell me how long does it take to make them ? or put out a video >? LOU

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    Almeidaken
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    Sure. The first step is preparation. Cutting lead wire to a consistent length using DIY plier or the $ 30 shear (from China)  or Corbin core cutter this step takes a few minutes after that you can start swaging where the average time per slug is 15 seconds. This time is actually comparable to huben swaging dies. 

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    Almeidaken
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    Good vs bad material choices. The previous attempts were made on heavily oxidized lead wire (that's why you should wash the pellets LOL). 

    A new batch of lead wire arrived, where I made random weights of .219 slugs.  These slugs have a small lip to seal the barrel. Camera lens? 

     

     

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    Jorgo
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    Looks nice would buy one in 25 cal

    Congratulations to your die

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    ChuckHunter
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    Interesting!

    I Would be happy to test some in my Veteran! Lol .217 and .218 in say 21 to 25 grain. 

    James from Michigan, 

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    Almeidaken
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    Swish
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    If these are as accurate as they are awesome looking I'll be getting some.

    Fantastic work! I can't wait to see some groups on paper. I just love the simplicity.

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    Jorgo
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    Looks very nice  have some questions that interests maybe more people.

    1 the Slugs have a kant between the roundhead and their bands..has anyone experience with those formed slugs in pcp s

    2 is it the leadwire length who gives the slugs specific weight? For example…can i swag with the same set for my cal 25 slugs in weight from 35 to 50 grains ..just an example

    Thanks for the coming answers and greathings from germany

    I have interess at your swaging diy the big plus is here i dont must wait for other buyers to order the stuff

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    Jorgo
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    The swaging kit is able to swag different weights in a caliber

    Thats nice

     

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    Yossshooter
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    Thats amazing would love to know prices and such info 

    Incredibly simple to make your own slugs i love it

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    prjagman
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    Wow, excellent work! Were do I go for the pricing info for the tooling. Thanks for your effort. 

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    Jorgo
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    I ordered one in cal 25

    Thanks for the good  advice Almeidaken

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    Almeidaken
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    Jorgo the.25  Oxidized lead is evident just scrub and wipe the wire before cutting and swaging, rest everything is fine.  6.35mm body and different styles, Length's, Weights and Driving bands   

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    Jorgo
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    That looks greath

    So the flxibility scale is big for me…i will test wich length and weight the barrel most like

    My 1 tone press is arrived 

     

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    Jorgo
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    Have made today some slugs                               weight and sort them and will tomorrow make some test with my LW 17.7 twist barrel.

    Lead wire was l little oxidized next time i use a shiny on

      i try to dribe them somewhere between 950 and 970 fps

    I think for slugs is faster better than slower

    Will show tomorrow how they perform out of my gun.

    The swaging out of this little tool is easy process just need a accurater cutter than my selfmade is

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