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Handgun Jackets are available in packages of 250 or 500, depending on caliber. They are made of 95/5 gilding metal or 90/10 commercial bronze (a misnomer, as it is actually a form of brass). Handgun jackets can often be redrawn to make smaller but longer rifle jackets, such as redrawing a 1/2 inch long .38/9mm jacket to make a 1-inch long .308 jacket for 110 grain 30 carbine bullets, or producing a .351 WSL jacket from a .38/9mm jacket.

A .45 caliber jacket can be redrawn to make .44's that are slightly longer, or considerably longer .348 Winchester jackets. The .40 pistol jacket can also make a .348 Winchester but of course since there is less total volume of metal in it than in the .45's, it makes a shorter .348 than the re-drawn .45. Bear in mind also that bullet jackets are not usually the same diameter as their nominal caliber. A .45 jacket could make a .452 pistol bullet for the 45 ACP, or it could be expanded to make a .458 rifle bullet for a .45-70.

The actual bullet jacket itself is usually around .003 inches smaller than its nominal caliber. Jackets are not "wrapped around" a lead bullet, as some people seem to think, but are filled with lead and then expanded under tons of internal pressure until shaped by the die in which they are enclosed. The jacket must start out smaller than the caliber so it will easily fit into the swage die, and the lead core must then fit easily into the jacket. Then the two are squeezed outward by the swaging pressure applied to the lead core by means of a seating punch. The lead expands, pushes the jacket with it toward the die wall, and then the die stops the expansion. The jacket springs back slightly as the pressure is released. That allows the bullet to come back out of the die with reasonable ejection force. Lubrication on the jacket OD assists in the release.


Handgun Jackets



32 Pistol Jacket, 308 x .470, pk/500 32 Pistol Jacket, 308 x .470, pk/500
Code: J-32-470
Price: $58.00
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38/9mm x .442 jacket, pk/500 38/9mm x .442 jacket, pk/500
Code: J-38-442
Price: $58.00
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.38/9mm x .475 jacket, pk/500 .38/9mm x .475 jacket, pk/500
Code: J-38-475
Price: $58.00
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.38/9mm x .500 jacket, pk/500 .38/9mm x .500 jacket, pk/500
Code: J-38-500
Price: $58.00
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.40/10mm x .630 jacket, pk/250 .40/10mm x .630 jacket, pk/250
Code: J-40-630
Price: $54.00
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.40/10mm x .650 jacket, pk/250 .40/10mm x .650 jacket, pk/250
Code: J-40-650
Price: $54.00
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45 x .54 jacket, pk/250 45 x .54 jacket, pk/250
Code: J-45-540
Price: $54.00
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45 x .580 jacket, pk/250 45 x .580 jacket, pk/250
Code: J-45-580
Price: $54.00
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45 x .680 jacket, pk/250 45 x .680 jacket, pk/250
Code: J-45-680
Price: $54.00
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45 x .840 Bullet Jacket, pkg/250 45 x .840 Bullet Jacket, pkg/250
Code: J-45-840
Price: $58.00
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Jacket Reducing Die,  -R Jacket Reducing Die, -R
Code: JRD-1-R
Price: $179.00
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Jacket Reducing Die, type -S Jacket Reducing Die, type -S
Code: JRD-1-S
Price: $179.00
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Jacket reducing die, type -H Jacket reducing die, type -H
Code: JRD-1-H
Price: $198.00
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Jacket Trimmer Die, Type -S Jacket Trimmer Die, Type -S
Code: ET-2-S
Price: $249.00
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Jacket Trim Die, -R Jacket Trim Die, -R
Code: ET-2-R
Price: $249.00
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Jacket Trim Die, Type -H Jacket Trim Die, Type -H
Code: ET-2-H
Price: $364.00
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