Itís all Smittyís fault, well Rbuck, EKC and some others may have been involved some too. I got the fever, I ainít had rifle feavor for years and years now as Iím a handgun nut to heart. Something about a 357mag necked to .257Ē on a 92 lever action as a predator gun just strikes my fancy. Anyway Iím set out to build 2 of these, one on an octagon and one round barrel. We talked some on the ď30-30 cast vs. jacketĒ thread about it.
I had a hard time finding a 357 Rossi 92 at all but now I got both of them headed to Alaska, be in next week sometime I hope. Rounded up the reamer, .257Ē 1in14 barrel blanks, and dies so far. Iím all excited to start the chips flying off these blanks soon as I can. Ran into two hold-ups so far though, the go-gage is a backorder, canít cut a good chamber without a go-gage.
So I thought Iíd spend some time today making some brass from 357. Step one, anneal and use my 7.62x26 Tokarev dies to step them down. Went great necking them to 30 caliber this way so on to my brand new 256 Win Mag dies when the next roadblock came up. Seems my not so cheap Hornady ($80 for Hornady or hundred something for Reding were my 256WM off the rack chooses) sizing die doesnít want to thread into the press, closer inspection shows why. The steel Hornady used had a micro fracture that chipped off in the threading operation boogering the tool and thus the threads. Somebody was asleep at the switch, wonder how many other out of spec parts he made before he changed the insert. Seems if there is a bad part floating around in the last year it ends up at my house. Iím sure Hornady will do me good on it so Iíll be calling them tomarow about it.
Here is the offending critter, the picture shows the hole that chunked off but doesnít show all the chatter the busted tool made after that . . . only on the top half so must have been on the very last threading pass.
Stay tuned here and Iíll keep posting how things are coming along with my little project.