44 automag reloading

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    44 automag reloading

    I ran into a guy and he told me he has an automag,the cartridge for it was only produced by 3 companies back when it came out and currently there are no commercial loads I know of so I thought I'd help him out.First the 44 automag is a 30.06 or .308 case cut down to 1.298 and the case mouth reamed to accept a 240 grn lswc .430dia bullet in front of 11.5 grains of unique.I had a buncha spare brass and with my cost in powder primers and bullets figured I could load him 100 rounds for around $13.00.If I figured the cost of 100 rounds of 30.06 brass divided by number of reloads it would probably add a couple more dollars so around 15.00 per hundred.Not bad when even 50 rounds of factory 44 mag are over $30.00 50 rounds.
    It's definitely times like these I am glad I invested in reloading several years ago so that somebody with an older weapon can still put a few rounds down range without thinking how much each trigger pull costs
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    New brass is currently available from Starline for $53.95/100. I do remember reading about making brass for the Automag many years ago IIRC they started with 308 brass.
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    In My reloading manual you can use either 30.06 or 308,or any brass with a .473 head size,I've been saving brass I don't even have guns for and within about 15 minutes had over 100 cases I could cut down,I don't have 44 auto mag dies and ain't gonna pay 90.00 for a set,so I used a 308 resizing die,a 44 mag powder and bell die and a 44 mag seat and crimp die in my Dillon 550.I made 10 rounds to see how they fit his barrel and shoot.If its all good I can cut down and load the other cases within about 2 hours
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