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I'm having an old ought-six hollowed out to 9.3x62. I'll end up with some factory brass, but I also have an over abundance of one fired, LC .30-06 brass to reform (I've got enough to consider it, basically, disposable after being fired)

I've always had great luck with Lee, but I've never used them for reforming. RCBS have been great for converting .308 to .358 & I was wondering if they would be the choice this time out, or if there's a better option (without going silly budget)

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I went the silly budget route - Redding 3 die set.

There's a fair amount of brass out there right now, both Lapua and PPU. Plenty of 285 - 286 bullets as well.

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Mine are RCBS but I would have preferred Forster or Redding.

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Ditto, they are the only decent dies still made.


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Not a simple neck-up 30-06 brass. You'll have to make a false shoulder and fireform.

I've never done it but my friend Ted (Yukoner) makes 9.3 brass from 30-06:

https://www.24hourcampfire.com/ubbthreads/ubbthreads.php/topics/13549374/5

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A tapered expander will make the 06 expansion easier. Not sure if any of the makers have them as standard in 9.3x62. My Redding 35 Whelen & 358 Win sets have one. It should be an optional part available if not standard.


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And the 06 is 1mm longer than the x62


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Pretty sure that's what led to the invention of the case trimmer 😉

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I made 375 Whelen AI cases from 30-06 (35 Whelen cases too). I used RCBS dies. I have most manufacturer’s die and I like RCBS as much as any. Their warranty is outdistancing.

When the case is opened up it tends to shorten. I’d bet the length wouldn’t be an issue. If you have intermediate dies such as 338 you might consider opening the neck in steps.
You could open the neck to .375
And size in the 9.3x62 full length die. Fire form if desired.

After I modify cases such as that I anneal the necks.


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Be very carefull using 06 brass in your 9.3x62 base size is different some have had issues, 9.3 brass is available and in stock. Why risk it?
https://www.24hourcampfire.com/ubbt...62-and-30-06-case-confusion#Post17281920

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I recently had my 9.3x57 rechambered to the x63 version. I find Hornady dies are best when necking up brass as they come with a tapered expander! Other expander balls are also available from Midway if you want to do an intermediate size up, which I recommend!
What I do is anneal .30-06 cases first, then neck up in stages using Imperial sizing die wax inside the case necks.
I neck up with a .375 neck expander button, then full length size down for a tight chamber fit with the 9.3 dies. This creates a false shoulder to headspace on.
The .30-06 cases are too long to chamber in the 9.3 so I trimmed the cases down to the MAX listed case length.
The cases were then fire formed to the chamber when they shortened, surprisingly to the correct trim length, but MAY still need another trimming.
Yes the .30-06 cases are smaller in the base than 9.3 brass but you are only expanding the bases out once when you fireform after that the 9.3 cases are sized with the correct base size with the 9.3 dies.
Other cases can be used also---.25-06, .270, .280 R (maybe best as they are longer base to shoulder), .338-06 and .35 Whelen.
Some military cases may be better to use to form as they generally are thicker brass (less capacity-use caution when reloading).

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Buy real Hornady 9.3x62mm cases and a set of Redding dies, have fun, it's a great cartridge, 320gr Woodleigh Weldcore softs and solids at 2400 fps over RL-17 would take no prisoners on any game animal worldwide out to 300+ yards.


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Graf's has tons of PPU 9.3 brass with the correct head dimensions. There's Lapua 9.3 brass around right now, too.

As far as dies, my Lee 35 Whelen dies make brass with the exact same runout as my Redding 35 Whelen dies. I never had great luck with Lee seating dies but for the price, why not get a set?

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For the past 16 years, I've used nothing but lapua, norma and prvi brass in the 9.3x62.

I've never had a single failure.

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Had this discussion on here before. Nosler 9.3x62 has a head dia. of .475-6", ppu and s&b are at .4735" any of the brands of 06 brass are .470". What's the dia. at the head of Hornady brass?..mb


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Redding.

When I put my 9.3x62 together Forster didn't make dies for it, but if they had, I would have bought Forster instead of Redding.

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Regular ol run of the mill RCBS is all you need.. The nice thing is we have options. I know for a fact that the RCBS dies I use turn out some damn good ammo and you can buy the damn things at wally world if you want. Just remember, you can pay a whole hell of a lot more, but your rate of return is nil a lot of times. RCBS also has stellar cs. Keep it simple, no matter which brand you choose.. I would also suggest buying 9.3x62mm specific brass. I used Norma, but there are other brands out there that will work equally as well.


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Current production RCBS dies are the same as Herters.

Redding or Forster are the only choices.


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Originally Posted by UpThePole
Current production RCBS dies are the same as Herters.

Redding or Forster are the only choices.


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