"THE LOAD" of 13 grains of Red Dot powder and an appropriate cast bullet was developed by C.E. Harris, a contributor to the American Rifleman and a cast bullet devotee. It's original purpose was an all around load for military sized cartridges for 100 yard or less shooting. It also works well for hunting cartridges such as the 30-30, etc.
I believe that LEE also makes a .366 pistol bullet mound designed for the Makarov pistol. This should work as a small game or bird load in the 9.3x57 as cast. If you need a sizer, then a letter U drill is .368. I drilled a piece of steel with a smaller drill and used a letter U reamer to get a good finish for a sizing die. I also made a bumping up die, and use 250 grain Hornady .358 bullets and increase their size by bumping them up to .366. A lot cheaper alternative to factory bullets.
I threaded my home made sizing die to fit in my reloading press, with a .365 diameter push rod, similar to the Lee sizing dies. Also, you have to put a taper on the entrance hole so that it allows oversize bullets to enter the die without shaving lead off the bullet. This die is about 4 inches long, but the actual sizing section is about 1 1/2 inches long, and the top drilled out to 3/8 inch for about 1 inch. This allows the sized bullet to be easily picked out of the die, or pushed out by the next sized bullet.
Although slower to use than the traditional Lyman or RCBS lubricator sizers, I believe that the biggest advantage to this method is that it gives a more accurately sized bullet by centering the bullet in the die, and is certainly a lot cheaper than buying a lubricator-sizer and the dies that go with it.
Last edited by buffdog; 04-11-2011 at 10:09 AM.
I can make it to the front gate in 3.2 seconds. Can you do it in 3.1?