Making PPsh Blanks from 5.56mm/.223 brass:
Read all of this before buying anything or doing anything!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Tumble and clean all brass first!!!
1. single stage press, the best one is the RCBS Rock Chucker from Midway USA
If you need all of the reloading equipment you cannot go wrong with:
2. hacksaw with a 18 to 1( it might be 1 in 16 I will have to check my blade) blade: hardware store/building supply
3. dies needed cut-off/file trim die from C-H tool and die http://www.ch4d.com/
crimp die for the 7.62x25 case also from C-H http://www.ch4d.com/
I use a crimp die for the 7.63x25 Mauser, either one will work
4. primer pocket swagger die from Midway USA http://www.midwayusa.com/viewproduct/?productnumber=447022
5. extended shell holder number 10 from Midway USA http://www.midwayusa.com/viewProduct/?productNumber=179534
You also need a regular shell holder number 10 http://www.midwayusa.com/viewProduct/?productNumber=797095
6. depriming die from Midway USA http://www.midwayusa.com/viewproduct/?productnumber=136543
7. Spray lube from Dillon http://www.dillonprecision.com/content/p/9/pid/23666/catid/8/Dillon_Case_Lube__8_oz__Bottle
The Process for making blanks for the PPsh 7.62x25 from 5.56mm/.223 brass
1. Lay a hundred or so 5.56 brass on a cookie sheet or in a box lid and spray with the Dillon spray lube as per directions on the bottle.
2. Put the extended shell holder onto the ram of the press. Run the ram all the way up, now screw the cut-off die down until it is touching the shell holder and tighten the die down with the locking ring.
3. Insert a lubed case in the shell holder and then run it all the way into the die. There should be about 3/8 inch of the case sticking above the cut-off die.
4. Using the hacksaw cut the case sticking above the die off. I can do it in one stoke of the saw. Follow the same step until you have cut off as many cases as you want. Then tumble and clean all cases again to remove the case lube.
5. The next step is depriming the case. Remove the extended shell holder from the ram and put on the regular shell holder. Remove the cut-off die from the press and with the ram all the down screw in the depriming die until it touches the shell holder. Insert a case in the shell holder and run it up into the die all the way to deprime the case. Now deprime all of the cases that you have cut off.
6. The next step is to swage the primer pockets. Remove the shell holder and the depriming die from the press. Read the instructions for the depriming die and follow those to swage the primer pockets. This step only needs to be done if you are using brass that the primers have been crimped in, which is mainly military brass.
That finishes the prepping of your cases for loading. Loading is the next step. A progressive press such as a Dillon makes short work of loading. Using the Dillon I can load 100 blanks in about 15 minutes. On the single stage press it will take 2-3 hours to load 100.