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    Reloading 8x57 is expensive

    There's danged few bullets on the market in this caliber vs other rounds. Midway only shows a round nose and it's .318 for the 8x57J, not .323" for the 8x57S. I've found a number of bullets available by googling, but the price seems to hover around .35 cents a round and up. Then, you add powder and primer, not to mention I'm going to have to buy some brass at 65 cents a piece, and the high price of steel cased stuff, about 50 cents a round up to 65 cents, starts to look good. I'm not going to do anything serious in 8x57, just shoot targets, and would load it light. My Hakim semi auto in the caliber tosses brass pretty good. If I handloaded, I'd load it down to the point that the Hakim wouldn't toss it too far. This would also be best for my 88 commission rifle that has been converted to 8x57S. That old gun ain't that strong vs my new to me 98 and it lacks the case venting features of the 98 if a case were to fail.

    Anyway, I'm considering just buying a few rounds of steel case from time to time to play with rather than reloading for the caliber. I think my SIL wound up with my 8x57 dies, anyway, so I'd have to order new dies.
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    Sounds like some casting may be in order.
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    I've looked for molds before in .323. It's been a while, though. I actually tried paper patching .308" bullets, but that didn't turn out well.

    I'm not interested in shooting the rifle THAT much, but I'd like to have some ammo on hand. I might look into a mold for it.
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    Looks like a mold is available as is a sizer die from Lee. This may be the ultimate answer. I dont need to push these things fast and I already have some .308" gas checks that I think might work on .323" bullets. If not, gas checks are cheap.
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    Something like that I would also consider powder coating. Seems pretty simple if you have an old toaster oven to dedicate to it. I have been following the powder coat movement with bullets out of interest and this just screams powder coat me.
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    Well its understandable I mean a 57 MM diameter projectile has to be costly in just materials to make it!!!---
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    Try here for bullets.
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    I've looked in to bullet swaging. Requires some expensive equipment, not sure how long it'd take to pay off the hardware.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jeeper1 View Post
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    Wow, half the price of anything I've found. Thanks! I bookmarked that one.
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    Midsouth usually had a good supply and selection of the 8mm bullets in .323. Haven't shot rifles much in years. The 7 and 8 mm were popular for years due to all the old military surplus rifles and ammo that was available cheap even after 68 gun control act.
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