450/400 3-1/4”

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  1. frog stealer

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    Guys,

    Just wondering...would it be possible to reload 3-1/4” cases with standard 3” die set?

    I’m seeing a few 3-1/4” rifles for sale, but can’t find any dies without a year long wait.
     

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    Nope.

    The 3.25 has a smaller diameter body at both the shoulder, and just above the rim. You will never get adequate resizing with the 450/400 Jeff dies (3").
     

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    Thanks tarbe for the confirmation...I was able to sit down at my computer tonight and compare the CIP drawings, and see what you are saying. Bummer...
     

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    There are some nice 450/400 3" doubles out there, and they are usually a pretty good value as most guys looking at the used market seem to want .470 or .450 3.25. Maybe you can score one?
     

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    Surely Huntingtons or CH4D will not take a year to have .450-.400 3&1/4” dies ready?
     

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    Unfortunately, I called Huntington’s yesterday and they are no longer taking special orders...apparently RCBS is no longer making them.

    Even better is that I placed an order with CH4D for a set of 297/250 rook dies, and I should be receiving them this month. The order was placed in 2017!
     

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