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Does anyone know if the decapping pins in the LEE universal decapping die are hardened? I broke my unbreakable LEE universal decapping pin. Yes...I know LEE will replace it if I mail it in, and I can order a new pin for $0.00 and only pay the $8 shipping.

If it wasn't hardened I was thinking about drilling out the remnant, and setting another pin in it's place, and cross-drilling and tapping a set screw to hold it in place. Before I discover the answer the hard way, I just thought I'd ask before ruining a drill bit.
 

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If it were me I would just pay the eight dollars in shipping for a new one, and as some have said get a spare one or two before I would start modifying and drilling out things with setscrews.

just my opinion. ;)
 
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You could email Lee Precision and ask them the question. I'd be interested in the reply they give. A resizing die would support the case and thus align the decapping pin with the flash hole quite well. I have this die too and it can't support any cartridge very well. Consequently alignment between the decapper and flash hole are sort of hit and miss. I wonder if anyone has experienced the same with other mfg. version of a universal decapper.
 
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Does anyone know if the decapping pins in the LEE universal decapping die are hardened? I broke my unbreakable LEE universal decapping pin. Yes...I know LEE will replace it if I mail it in, and I can order a new pin for $0.00 and only pay the $8 shipping.

If it wasn't hardened I was thinking about drilling out the remnant, and setting another pin in it's place, and cross-drilling and tapping a set screw to hold it in place. Before I discover the answer the hard way, I just thought I'd ask before ruining a drill bit.
Decapping pins are crap. I've had quite a few of them break or bend. For the .50 BMG I have to use a punch to remove the spent caps before I go to the resizing die for the first reload. After that they will come out somewhat normally.
 
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Thank for the opinions and link to the tapered pin.

They are consumable, but they are replaceable on the RCBS, just not on the Lee without replacing the whole rod. I was due for a bend/brake, but I don't overbuy things on the chance that I "might" break them. This hobby is expensive enough. Besides....LEE said it was UNBREAKABLE!
 

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I got one of the universal decap dies and never looked back. I use it for military brass 223 and everything else. Not a single broken pin in over 5 years. It helps with the anger and frustration of lee products. If you break a pin in the first year the owner will replace it for free.
 
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