For those that have never reloaded or use the ancient, single stage, RCBS press. THE PROCESS with Starline .32 French Brass using old French, steel case, rounds for a powder and bullet source. These all have have dead primers (ATS 1947 headstamp). French primers seem to decay and not fire after 30 years in French ammo.
The high tech, experienced reloaders will get a good laugh on this post
The steps & videos my help a few new to reloading.
So I took down 25 French steel cases using the RCBS bullet puller in one press (RCBS JR.) and poured the powder and seated the original bullet into the new Starline brass using an OAL of 1.185. Some of the French bullets were out of spec. I used my second, old, manual, single stage press, a RCBS Jr with CH4D French.32 long special order dies to reload my new Starline brass.
First, I resized the new brass. For the boots
here is a nice video how to set a sizing die in an old RCBS press: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=czUq3uVSUuw
or see this one https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KRXiI5TDUb0
Next, I set the primer into the brass. see this video with the ancient single stage press https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OTBvzVZozW8
Then the bullet would not fit into the newly resized brass, so I belled out the case with the expanding die. see this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j4ALRnpki2g
Next, I pulled the bullet from a French steel case with my RCBS universal bullet puller. These are .309 inches. Some bullets were bad. This powder and bullet was discarded. On the good cartridges, I poured the powder into the new Starline case and set the French bullet into the expanded case. see this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9kccYUqCW2c
Now I am ready to seat and crimp the cartridge. I had to set up my seating & crimp die. See these videos,
The crimp produced by the die is not as strong as the original French ammo's crimp. But the bullet does not push back into the newly reloaded Starline case.
Up date 4 April 2020
Some of the pulled French ammo bullets were undersized. I believe this to be from a heavy French crimp that distorted the bullet and resized it to .306. This did not taper crimp in the normal CH4D die. Size .309inch and upsize bullets work ok and do not push back into the case. However, the smaller size bullets .308-down to .306 fail to have good neck tension. Place the reloaded round on the table and you can push down hard and the bullet slips back into the case--not good. I now measure each pulled bullet and use only the ones that fall into the .308-.309 inch range. I have also modified a Lee collet style crimp pistol die for the 30 Luger to use to produce a better crimp on the .308 bullets. I had to cut it down to function and use washers to adjust where the crimp is applied. This is a .309inch collet that will apply a heavy crimp even to a .306 bullet. Luger case length is CL.850 inch while Starline.32 French long brass CL is approximately .772 inch, military cases at .776 inch. So some cutting at the bottom is required to fit/function. If you remove too much then adjust with washers if using the 30 luger modified Lee crimp die. This neck tension problem can be avoided by using .309-.311 size bullets in the taper crimp found in the RCBS or CH4D seating die. I have not used the special order Lee .32 French Long die set and I am not sure what the die set up is for when it comes to bullet crimping range. If you use a .308 Tok bullet you can encounter neck tension issues. I have not used the or tried the Hornady XTP .309 90grain or the Berry .32ACP .312 bullets. If purchasing bullets, these they are a most likely a better choice and no neck tension problems.
Then, as I did each cartridge, I measured the OAL to be sure it was correct for each cartridge as it came off the press. see video if needed;
Results: I got 25 reloaded cases with original French powder and bullets to compare to my Steinel ammunition. We shall see the results when it actually stops snowing and is somewhat warm. In theory they should go bang- I was wondering if I should use 1.185 or 1.180 inch for OAL . I will fit each into a barrel tomorrow.
The old French cases had poor quality control on bullets. I show these deformed bullets in a picture below. (not used) I will make dummy rounds with these garbage bullets and left over cases.
The old dogs I had since the 1960s, RCBS JR presses
To old to fight and to old to run, a Jar head will just shoot and be done with you.