Bought the Corbin setup to change 22 brass into 223 bullets
I will try to get pics up in the next day or two,I got the dies last Tuesday and discovered a Lee single stage press isn't rugged enough,so I bought a RCBS Supreme press for $129.00 on sale at Midway the Dies were $825.00 shipped.The Commercial Mil-Spec bullets I normally buy are almost .08 cents each or about 5000 for $400.00.I plan on using these bullets for more than reloading.It took a few tries to figure everything out and due to my disability I put a 2 foot cheater bar on the press handle to swage the 22 brass in other words pushing the rim back out so you have a smooth cylinder.This is the hardest part.
I then used the casting mold for the lead inserts and after rigging up a Lee bottom pour lead pot was chunking out lead pins 4 at a time the case and lead are weighing about 57.5 grains right now and want to get down to 55 grain,I can get as high as 62+ grain but in reality would probably get the point forming die so you would have a jacketed soft point,right now they are hollow points.
I then took the lead inserts and inserted in the case,using the lead seating die I used just enough pressure to seat the lead and swell the case out to about 223 diameter,I then used the point forming die and using enough pressure and holding it for a couple seconds finished the bullet,you can kinda adjust how big an opening you want in the hollow point and if making soft point ammo can opt for minimal lead tip or a little heavier tip.
The main difference is Factory bullets are about.08 cents each,The swaged 22 cases are free,the lead used per bullet is almost nothing,savings per bullet are around 7 3/4 cents.I'm gonna load and shoot some tonight and compare the groups with the same load I use with the factory rounds out of a match barrel.
My initial investment was almost $1000.00 the price of 12,500 factory bullets.
My reloaded 223 with these bullets will cost me about ($7.00 100 rounds) about a $43.00 saving if you buy federal 100 pack in Walmart.Before half my cost was the bullet tip.I can recoup my cost within a month at the most,after that it's all gravy.