David R. Corbin
President Corbin Mfg. & Supply, Inc.
PO Box 2659
White City, OR 97503 USA
Office Hours: 9am - 5pm Mon-Thurs
& Supply, Inc
We manufacture both commercial and home shotgun swages, and have
a .410 slug swage die set that fits any standard RCBS, Pacific,
or similar slotted ram reloading press (or our commercial grade
$269.50 steel needle bearing press, for that matter, although for
this press we have lower cost and higher performance slug swages
available -- the press itself does some of the work we have to build
into dies that fit reloading presses, so dies for it actually cost
less than those for reloading presses).
The PRO-SWAGE slug swage fits any 7/8-14 threaded press, and its
external or bottom punch, which forms the bullet nose, fits a T-slot
ram just like a shell holder. The die makes any weight of slug you
wish, by adjustment. It is like having a truck load of bullet moulds,
except you get nearly perfect slugs without voids or air pockets,
without melting any lead. Just use soft lead wire, stroke the press,
and you have a finished and ready to fire slug with hollow base,
round nose, and optional hollow point or other nose shapes.
(May 2002 prices) The die is $198 with nose and base punches for
one shape each. Other shapes are $25. If you have two or more shape
noses, you can use both in sequence with different insertion depths,
and make shapes that neither would make by itself. Thus, two punches
makes not just two shapes, but a wide variety.
Delivery can be a problem sometimes because we have been absolutely
buried alive in orders for the past 30 years and it isn't getting
any less as time goes on! I've hired more die-makers but the orders
grow about as fast as our ability to fill them, and frankly, I don't
want to be much larger because it ceased to be fun when you spend
all your time in the books and none designing and talking with customers.
So, if you do order, be prepared for a wait of 3-6 months before
delivery, somtimes. Not always...if we get two or three orders in
a row for .410 slug dies, we'll make them all and some extras (everything
is hand made and diamond lapped to exact size), and for a while,
delivery will be next day. Then we'll run out and have to cycle
through them again, and that is where the delay comes. One thing
we do is maintain a straight forward honest dialog and not try to
pull anyone's leg, either about what the products do or how long
it takes to get them.
Swaging .410 slugs is a lot more fun than casting them, you'll
find. It is faster, easier, and makes really nice looking pressure-formed
slugs, with a finish transferred from the die interior. Without
heat, it is safer, too. No fumes to upset mama and no hot pot to
burn the kids. And more healthy than casting hot lead, as well.
The only drawback has been the cost of good swage equipment, and
the time to get it. I think the PRO-SWAGE is about as reasonable
a cost as it is possible to make a good swage die, and it does replace
a whole truck load of different weight moulds and is easy to change
shapes. We ship lead wire all over the world, but you can get it
cheaper locally...get .390 or larger diameter wire, but not over
about .405 or it will be hard to put into the die.