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swaging tool question

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by tlfreek, Nov 17, 2012.

  1. tlfreek

    tlfreek Vancouver WA Active Member

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    I have reloaded many many pistol and rifle rounds but have never had the need to swage brass until now. I know there are many brands out there, but I am looking for something that works on various cartridges and is fast and easy to use.

    not so much concerned about cost right now as I am ease of use and function.

    any ideas on what the top three swaging tools are tht fit the description above?


    thanks.
     
  2. Greenbug

    Greenbug Bend Well-Known Member

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    I've only used the RCBS primer pocket swager, but it worked well and was pretty simple to operate.
     
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  3. Nwcid

    Nwcid Yakima and N of Spokane Well-Known Member

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    Depends on how many you have to do.

    Basic ones that fit in your press like the RCBS work well but are semi slow.

    There are the "cutter" style that fit in things like the RCBS prep center which I like better then swaging but again reasonably slow.

    Fastest overall and does a good job would be the Dillon bench mount,
     
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  4. jonn5335

    jonn5335 Longview Active Member

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    I use the rcbs primer pocket swagger got it on midway close out special for $10 a couple years ago it works great and after you get a rhythm going you can do 500+ an hour
     
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  5. deadshot2

    deadshot2 NW Quadrant WA State Well-Known Member

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    The RCBS primer swaging tool that is used with a single stage press is a pain if you have any quantity to swage. They've announced a new one that's much like the Dillon but haven't seen one "available" yet.

    The best tool out there for swaging brass is the Dillon Super Swage. It doesn't even need to be bench mounted if you don't want. I have mine attached to a piece of particle board that is "Lap Sized". I sit and watch TV while swaging brass.

    Swaging is far better than "Reaming" as it does not remove metal. The extra "working" of the primer pocket area makes the brass harder and less likely for the primer pocket to loosen up under several shootings. The swaging "spud" reforms the pocket and leaves a nice smooth radius on the mouth of the pocket.

    Yes, you'll spend more for the Dillon Super Swage but it will definitely be worth it and it does the job right.
     
  6. PX4WA

    PX4WA Tacoma, WA Active Member

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    dillon super swage
     
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  7. tlfreek

    tlfreek Vancouver WA Active Member

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    thanks guys - this is the feedback I wanted.
     
  8. xlsbob

    xlsbob coos county Platinum Supporter Platinum Supporter

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    Another vote for the Dillon. If you look on you tube there is a guy who adds a string and rubber band setup to the super swage and makes it even quicker.