Reloading OF Military Brass; the tools needed

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Reloading military brass requies a couple extra steps; for anyone new to the hobby (or call it water you like).

Some people may like to know....these tools are essential for getting O/F military brass ready for reloading.

Small Base Die Set to push machine gun fired brass back into shape.

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A head space checker to ensure the case will fully chamber...checks the length too.
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A crimp remover; attached to a drill, hundreds can be done quickly. They come in S & L

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A quality and consistent Trimmer; getting the cases the exact and correct length is a good habbit.

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I have swaged 1000's of rounds and decided to do a test run on a few hundred 30-06 cases that had been military crimped. Ran a carbide nose 90* chamfering tool in my little drill press.run the drill press at the lowest rpm. Set a stop so it takes the exact same amount of material with every pull. After half a dozen reloadings still no loose pockets.
 

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I've sized thousands of 30-'06, 7.62, and 5.56 cases with standard dies and have never had a problem. Just be sure to lube them well.

I also prefer the Dillon swage that 3MTA3 shows in the previous post. Has very good leverage so it doesn't require a lot of pressure and is much faster, at least for me, than reaming..
 

ron

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I have reloaded thousands of military 223 and 30/06. I use standard RCBS
full length dies. Properly adjust the sizer die with the RCBS Precision Mic.
RCBS Precision Mic 223 Remington
I use the Dillon Super Swage. I trim with the WFT. Have used many different
types of trimmers. Over the last 37 years of reloading. Love the WFT trimmer.
Little Crow Gunworks World's Finest Trimmer 6x45mm (6mm-223 Remington)
Last step is a RCBS Prep Center. Set up with a primer pocket uniformer,
deburring and chamfering. Uniform the primer pocket to prevent a high
primer. A high primer on a semi auto can result in a slam fire.:eek::eek::eek:
RCBS Trim Mate Case Prep Center 110 Volt
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The Wilson may be "over the top" for some shooters but there isn't a finer case trimmer made.
It holds the case in a much different way. It is built like a miniature lathe.
I bought mine when they were half the cost of what they are now.

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Using a swager is slow in my opinion. Differences in case webbing make it difficult , 30 to 50 thousands in most cases , depending on lot. I used a deburring tool in a drill press. Quick and easy. I agree its easy to take out to much material . As per removing to much from the pockets , you ll know from gas leak around primer and loose pockets. Generally I dont use military brass unless its new. And M249 or anything fired from a full auto is not worth messing with in my opinion . .
 
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Me; a consistent trimmer. I've been getting by with the Lee gauge and cutter combos and a cordless drill, but the gauge doesn't stay the same length over time. My rifle brass isn't exactly the same every time. Probably get this RCBS Trimmer.

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I've gotten really good at using my RCBS trimmer. At first I managed to wreck a few cases by trimming them too small, mainly due to turning the micro-adjuster the wrong way. But now that I have the hang of it, everything just works now.
 

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Using a swager is slow in my opinion. Differences in case webbing make it difficult , 30 to 50 thousands in most cases , depending on lot. I used a deburring tool in a drill press. Quick and easy. I agree its easy to take out to much material . As per removing to much from the pockets , you ll know from gas leak around primer and loose pockets. Generally I dont use military brass unless its new. And M249 or anything fired from a full auto is not worth messing with in my opinion . .
Yes but no.

While thicknesses vary that's where the human with intelligence comes in.

I set my RCBS a little tight but right where the cam starts working to my advantage. I use the same pressure and am not afraid to adjust the center rod between brass if I feel that they are getting tight too soon.

No bent rods, no under swaged pockets.
 

Dyjital

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The Wilson may be "over the top" for some shooters but there isn't a finer case trimmer made.
It holds the case in a much different way. It is built like a miniature lathe.
I bought mine when they were half the cost of what they are now.

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The Frankford Arsenal case prep center uses the shoulder as well. Easily adjustable by the .005" with marks on the housing. :)
 
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Thats why I went to new brass, Processing is a whole other game from loading
Good stuff!

I do that if I'm putting an expensive topping on the case; accubonds etc. But OK with what could be called O/F or mediocre brass, for other "things".

A friend buys new un-fired LC brass some someplace....

I step on brass every week at the range; hate to leave it lay...hate to scrap it.
 

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