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so a while back i bought a factory marlin barrel in 219 zipper so that i could rebuild an old marlin 30-30 i had. The 30-30 was given to my dad and was pretty beat up and the barrel was way loose. The 219 barrel fits almost perfect. it lacks about an 1/8 of a turn when screwed in hand tight so by the time i get it torqued it ought to be almost perfect, then as long as the head-space is good. this gun has some screws with severely messed up heads that are stuck pretty hard so i might have to throw it in the mill and machine them out to get it cleaned up. Im planning on re-blueing everything smoothing up the action real nice and buying or building a nice wood stock for it. Im going to use open sights of some sort whether its the factory buck-horn ones or a aftermarket tang peep or something else im not sure yet. Ill use this gun mainly for plinking and varmits. Im making brass out of 30-30 first resizing to 25-35 then to 219. I haven't got my 219 dies yet but i ran 50 through the 25-35 and i think it will work, it dimpled them a little on then neck but i think it will fire form out. Im hoping to get to work on this and my mauser project quite a bit from now till summer and hopefully get them both operational.
 

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Looks good, heres a few pictures of where I am at right now. Got he barrel turned down to dimensions, just waiting to go to my son,s place to use his lathe, it,s more accurate than mine for threading and chambering. Steve! ;D
 

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I forgot to add this picture,computers are very trying times for me.I find if you resize in one go they will turn out like the picture on the left. I you resize in two strokes a little at a time they will be ok and no wrinkles. The shells on the right were run into a 2535 seater die two times a bit at a time and two times through the 219 zipper die, and they are trimed and primed and ready to go, Just waiting to chamber the barrel to see if I have to neck ream. Steve! ;D
 

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well your brass turned out better than mine, mine isn't nearly as bad as the one that was done in one stroke but still have small dimples. Are you taking 30-30 running them into the 25-35 seating die instead of the full-length resizing die?
 

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Back a couple weeks ago I saw an EBAY auction where 219Z die set sold for $13.50
I almost bought a second set,but then came to my senses.
When resizing 25-35 to 219z it leaves just a slight ridge at the forward end of the taper,but it has no effect on chambering and fire forms out.Its because of the small taper angle difference between 25-35 and 219Z.See pic below.Center is resized-not fired.Outside cases are once fired.
 

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well i just tried making a 25-35 using the seater then the fl sizing die and it came out pretty good. I have already ordered 219 dies so hopefully they show up and i can get some loaded up so when i get the barrel installed and a new stock i can take it out and shoot it.
 
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