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Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by John Gault, Jan 27, 2014.

  1. John Gault

    John Gault clackamas county Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Ok, Just had to tell someone that I finally got the press mounted and punched out my first 100 used primers from the brass that I cleaned last month. Used the Lee Universal deprimer tool to do the job. Took less than 15 minutes and I was busy wiping the smile off my face most of the time with one hand.

    Got about 5000 more rounds to push primers out of..........:thumbup:

    Thanks to everyone who's helped in some way. I'm sure I"ll be asking for help again.
     
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  2. yeos

    yeos Seattle Member

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    Congrats! I too have just started reloading not too long ago. It's definitely a good feeling when you reload your first couple of rounds and they shoot flawlessly at the range.
     
  3. Certaindeaf

    Certaindeaf SE Portland Well-Known Member

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    Are you doing crimped in military brass?
     
  4. John Gault

    John Gault clackamas county Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I have LC brass from 5.56 ammo. Not sure that I've seen any crimped yet although some that says LC has been a bit harder to push. Reason I bought the LEE was that it's supposed to be heavy duty and handles the crimped brass. I got the die and an extra punch pin for it for like $20.00. Great investment I think. Keeps my other dies clean for sizing.
     
  5. Certaindeaf

    Certaindeaf SE Portland Well-Known Member

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    The LC was/is originally crimped. I thought you "cleaned the brass last month".
    Anyway, I hate seeing someone cranking the handle 5000 extra times for no reason.. the Lee universal is pretty heavy duty but so is their regular size/decap die.
    Anyway, that's great that you got started.. it's a greatly rewarding hobby.
     
  6. John Gault

    John Gault clackamas county Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I cleaned 100 pcs of brass last month just to see how the stainless media worked but now that I have a press operational I'll punch primers out first and then clean brass and then resize ( I understand that I"ll be pulling the handle extra times but.......... My wife's been helping some and it keeps her out of mischief when I'm not home.
     
  7. Certaindeaf

    Certaindeaf SE Portland Well-Known Member

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    Gotcha.. plus it totally slipped my mind that many like clean pockets. as you were lol
     
  8. My 3 sons

    My 3 sons Bonney Lake Active Member

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    All once fired 5.56 brass I've loaded has had crimped primers. They aren't just hard to push when reseating a primer it can actually damage the primer. A pocket reamer is the least expensive method to remove the original crimp but if you are loafing a lot of military brass a pocket swager is a faster and better solution though more money. You will find most things we do in reloading are more money though. Lol! Congrats on getting set up and running! It is a lot of fun.
     
  9. Throckmorton

    Throckmorton Florence,Ore ah gone Well-Known Member

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    buy some extra pins for that Lee de-capper,mine broke quite easily on some PMC brass,I was pretty disappointed. Guess I thought the slip nut would be adjusted from the factory,apparantly not.
     
  10. evltwn

    evltwn Gold Hill Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Sounds like you are hooked! Just so you know, there will always be "one more thing" you will need! Enjoy...
     
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  11. Don H

    Don H Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Ain't that the truth! Every time I think I have all the tools I discover something else that is absolutely necessary! :)
     
  12. Benchrest

    Benchrest The Desert Planet Well-Known Member

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    John

    As others have stated, if the pocket is crimped, you'll need to swage in order to seat a new primer. Pictured is what I use - Hornady handle / cutter assembly for about $15. Works really well.



    Jason

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  13. John Gault

    John Gault clackamas county Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I ordered a Lyman 6 pc kit that should cover large and small primers plus brass trimmer and deburring tool.

    Thanks everybody for input.