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Den svenske flåten erobret en tredjedel av den russiske flåten under det andre slaget ved Svensksund under den russisk-svenske krig (1788–1790). Svensksund ligger i Finskebukten i Østersjøen, ikke langt fra dagens Kotka. Det var den svenske... Read more ...

9 July 1790

Sverige beseiret Russland ved Svensksund
Den svenske flåten erobret en tredjedel av den russiske flåten under det andre slaget ved Svensksund under den russisk-svenske krig (1788–1790). Svensksund ligger i Finskebukten i Østersjøen, ikke langt fra dagens Kotka. Det var den svenske Skärgårdsflottan beseiret den russiske flåten. Begge flåtene besto for det meste av rofartøy og russerne mistet rundt 60 fartøyer til svenskene.

Den svenske seieren endret totalt det politiske bildet. De avbrutte fredsforhandlingene ble gjenopptatt, og fred mellom Sverige og Russland ble sluttet i midten av august samme år.



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    Home-Made Hammer Swaged Bullets

    Category: Miscellaneous
    Published: 19 September 2008 by Øyvind Flatnes.
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    Hammer swage and bullets.

    It may be discussed whether cast or swaged bullets are best. Of course, both have its advantages, but the disadvantage with swaged bullets is that they are harder to make for the average shooter. However, it is not impossible. Professional equipment is available from companies such as RCE Co. and Corbin, but swaging presses and tools are expensive.

    During the latter part of the 1800s many competitive muzzleloading shooters used so called 'hammer swages' which was a die where the bullets were swaged by the force of a hammer. The muzzleloading schuetzen rifles that used such bullets often had a false muzzle to facilitate the loading of the heavy paper patched slugs. A hammer swage is not difficult to make if you have access to a lathe. Swaged bullets normally don't have grease grooves and are best suited for paper patching.

    My attempt to make a prototype of a hammer swage was actually quite successful. The swage is made up from three parts: a steel cylinder which is bored exactly to the diameter of the finished bullet, a bolt that forms the bullet base and a bolt that forms the bullet nose. The tool is simple to use. A lead slug with a light coating of RCBS case lube is inserted into the cylinder. The nose forming bolt is inserted in one end of the cylinder and the base forming bolt into the other. The bullet is formed with a couple of hard blows from a hammer against the base forming bolt. That's it, and the finished bullet can be removed from the cylinder.

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    Hammer swaging process.

    I used a .437" cast smooth sided bullet that I paper patch for .45-70 ammunition as a basis for the bullets. After it was run through the hammer swage the diameter had increased to .454". The finished bullets were going to be paper patched and shot in a .577/450 Martini-Henry Mk IV. The bullet nose was changed and the new bullet got a cup base. Bullets may be swaged from lead wire that is cut in appropriate pieces or you can make a mould that cast slugs of proper weight. If you make a device that allows you to adjust the length of the slug, the mould can be used as a basis for swaging bullets in many different calibres.

    The nose of my prototype bullet looks ridiculous, but it only meant as a just a test. To say the least, it is not very aerodynamic! I have now modified the nose so that it looks a bit better, and it actually shoots ok in the Martini-Henry. The advantage of a hammer swage like this is the opportunity to make a number of different nose and base forming bolts. The length can also be varied until you have a bullet that is optimal for your rifle. To change the diameter of the bullet you need to make a new cylinder.

    The disadvantage of swaged bullets is the production time. First you must make the lead slug from which the bullet is swaged. If you have access to lead wire you will save some time, but at least here in Norway, lead wire is not readily available. On the other hand it is simple to cast a couple of hundred slugs that can be used to swage bullets in a number of different calibres. If you simply want to experiment with a few bullets it takes less time to swage them compared to start melting lead, wait for it to heat, heat the moulds and cast a couple of bullets. I have tested the bullets briefly, and you can see the results in the article about the .577/.450 Martini.Henry rifles.

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    From left to right: A basis bullet, a finished bullet from the hammer swage and a paper patched bullet from the hammer swage. Picture 2: Bullet nose and cup base. Picture 3: Two swaged lead bullets. Finally, a cut away drawing of hammer swage.