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    How are .22 bullets made?

    All those bullets in our little rimfire cases how are they made? Just the lead bullets are they poured in molds a thousand at a time or stamped out? How is it done? However its done it must be a quick process to keep up with demand. Thanks in advance .DT

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    They are cut from extruded lead wire then formed under pressure.
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    Anybody know how .22 shell casings are formed?

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    Those [video=youtube;EdNkfTS0lOQ]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pvK9QlQtrKI"]plates [/URL]you see them moving things around in, are the [URL="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EdNkfTS0lOQ[/video]we hard anodize
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    Costco should sell bullets in those bins, like walnuts. Or you could buy two five gallon buckets of bullets, shrink-wrapped together.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 30wcf View Post
    They are cut from extruded lead wire then formed under pressure.
    +1, swaged in a die.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jct1951 View Post
    Anybody know how .22 shell casings are formed?
    They begin as a disc punched out of flat stock. The disc is automatically indexed in progression from die to die gradually forming it to shape.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jct1951 View Post
    Anybody know how .22 shell casings are formed?
    Most likely a punched out round brass blank from sheet brass is formed into a closed end tube and then put in a
    upsetter that forms the rim. Priming compound is spun into the rim via centrifigal force - they add powder then load, seat and crimp the bullet.
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    22 bullets are also heel based which, excuse if you already know, means that the base is smaller than the .223" diameter and the case is crimped into this base. I understand that this method was used for all cartridges (at lease pistol) until a Russian cartridge came along with the bullet fully seated in the brass. I am curious as to the origin and the accuracy of the influence of the Russian cartridge. I think it was for the Nagant revolver that had a camming action on the cylinder and part of the cartridge case extended from the cylinder and into the forcing cone. The bullets are seated flush to the case mouth. Hows that for random thought and getting off track? Am I penalized three threads or something?


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