Expander needed

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bear-kodiak
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Expander needed

Post by bear-kodiak » Thu Sep 24, 2020 7:47 am

Hello
I am in need of a .454” - .464” expander for my ribs dies.
They are on back order from Buffalo arms for quite some time now,
and I tried messaging RCBS to see if I could order from them, and never got
an answer. Does anyone know of where else I might be able to get this expander ?...Jim

Kodiak54@verizon.net

rjmelehan
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Re: Expander needed

Post by rjmelehan » Tue Jun 08, 2021 9:16 pm

Any luck?

You might try buying a bigger one and turning it don on a lathe

Brent
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Re: Expander needed

Post by Brent » Wed Jun 09, 2021 5:44 am

I think turning one might be a bit tricky. They are hardened. I am sure it can be done, but not easily. I have tried putting one in drill press and turning it down with a file and emery cloth. No luck. Annealing and rehardening would probably have worked, but...

A local shop could probably make one from scratch to fit an existing die body.

You could also keep an eye on ebay for a used one or ask around the shooting forums for someone that has an extra.
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Plainbase
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Re: Expander needed

Post by Plainbase » Wed Jun 09, 2021 2:13 pm

Another source that can be contacted is Bernie Rowles at Old West Bullet Moulds.
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lkydvl
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Re: Expander needed

Post by lkydvl » Fri Jun 11, 2021 8:52 pm

Anneal the expander then turn as needed and reharden

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