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RangerJoe

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Last week, a friend of mine asked me to reload some ammo for him, I said "sure".  It was 7.62x54R Russian, all Lapua boxer-primed 1x-fired brass. 

Although I don't own a rifle in that caliber, I've been collecting dies for >40 years. Then if you count dies I've inherited from my father... even longer.  Much to my surprise, I couldn't find any dies for that caliber.  So - I took an inventory of my dies just counting unique calibers (not counting the duplicate and triplicate sets I've accumulated).  63 unique cartridges... but no 7.62x54R.  Once UPS arrives this week, it will be 64!  And I know there are LOTS more out there I don't have either.

Is die collecting a thing?  [confused]


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well i have bought dies for an excuse to build or buy the gun lol 

sound like you have a die and gun addiction [biggrin]

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Yep you're fine! I just counted all mine this last weekend too, (30 in all, not counting shotgun gauges). Sometimes the dies or ammo is the reason to get the gun(s), sometimes it's one of the others. I'm sure others are the same, we all understand! LOL!
EDIT: maybe this thread should be changed to "how many cartridges do you reload for, have dies for, and have firearms to go with them?" hahaha

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So you're saying that soon you'll be looking for either a Mosin Nagant or PSL-54C?
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The Ol' man and I have close to (maybe more) than 100 die sets between us. So yeah, die collecting is a thing[smile]!!! 7.62x54 is a good caliber!
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Wish I paid more attention to the forum, I've got both a RCBS die set and a LEE in 7.62x54R and I recently sold my PSL-54.  I intend on keeping my Mosin collection and VEPR though.  A Mosin my dad brought home from Korea was the first I reloaded for way back when.
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ok. ok. ok...
answer is:  SVT38, or SVT40, or to really upset everyone get an AVT40. [biggrin][biggrin]
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I have bought dies before buying a gun before too. And after looking at my dies it looks like I have some catching up to do. [biggrin][biggrin]
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Thanks guys - you enable me to feel better!  So today, I had to drive to Tucson (3 hr RT) for a cardio-stress test.  2 miles from my Cardiologist is Tucson's oldest family-owned gun shop.  I stopped in... didn't find any firearms I couldn't live without, but came home with a set of nice old 7.65mm Argentine dies.  #65 (unique - not counting ~5 sets for .308 Win & .30-'06, 3~4 .45 ACP, etc.)

PS: I'm more of a SVDS/SVDSN type guy!

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We all need help Joe... when I try to explain to "regular folk" what it is that we do and how that applies to the industry I just get a blank stare most of the time... but when close friends see my "room" and "collection", they are in awe.
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Love the new 'tag line'!!! ...and SO true - We are charged with upholding the constitution, from all threats, foreign or domestic, and we will bear true faith and allegiance to the same.
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so RJ will a SVT or AVT be a curio and relic any time soon, will anything be a curio and relic?, what about an Inglis with shoulder stock are they still exempt from SBR paperwork? anyone know.......
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