Broken de-capper


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skinewmexico
April 20, 2008, 12:13 AM
I followed the directions on my Forster de-capping die (6.5x47), but it broke anyway. Is there some trick I don't know?

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MikeWSC
April 20, 2008, 12:27 AM
Is your 6.5 x 47 brass military surplus?

Some mil. brass doesn't have a single flash hole, but instead have 2 smaller holes on each side of where a standard flash hole would be.

I found this the hard way when I first started reloading and snapped a few pins until a buddy told me.

Steve C
April 20, 2008, 02:43 AM
Some mil. brass doesn't have a single flash hole, but instead have 2 smaller holes on each side of where a standard flash hole would be.


Called Berdan priming and is common with European military rounds. The reason its generally considered to be not reloadable.

Sunray
April 20, 2008, 04:31 AM
6.5x47 isn't milsurp from anywhere. It's a Lapua proprietary cartridge.
"...it broke anyway..." What broke? The decapping pin? That's not terribly unusual with any die. Call Forster.

lgbloader
April 20, 2008, 05:55 AM
I agree with Sunray, call Forster. Please don't laugh but I have used a Lee Universal decapping Die for some time and have NEVER had any problems. I even now have a spare to decapp with my son or wife at the same time. I have one in in my Classic Cast and one on my T7.

OeldeWolf
April 21, 2008, 12:15 AM
I use the RCBS universal decapping dies. Have for a couple of years now. Especially on the standard weight, I keep not only spare pins, but a spare rod or two. You can bend a rod on the occasional berdan case that slips into a load of range brass.

skinewmexico
April 21, 2008, 12:35 AM
Guess I'll call them tomorrow.

lgbloader
April 21, 2008, 12:36 AM
I hear ya, Oeldewolf, I have spare pin and rods for each of my dies as well, but I think Lee's system is kinda fullproof in the fact that it has a safety feature, rather than break the pin/rod assembly, the whole thing pops up through the die and you can reset it. I have yet to have this happen, though. but I have crushed a case or two when you start cooking through the deprimming and get kinda hypnotized:what:... Then, it's time to hang it up for the night!!!

Seriously, I got the Lee because it was waaayyyy cheaper than my usual go-to vender's universal decapping dies.

rcmodel
April 21, 2008, 12:31 PM
Get a few spare pins.

Once have have them, you will never ever break another one!

Something to do with one of Murphy's Laws!

Also, when you set up your die, loosen the stem lock-nut and center the pin in a case flash hole.
Then tighten the lock nut.

If you tighten the nut without the pin in a case, it can end up slightly off-center and get banged every time you run a case in the die.
Then, sooner or later you will get a case that is slightly off-center in the shell holder and break a pin.

rcmodel

Afy
April 21, 2008, 01:48 PM
I read somewhere that you can substitute a fininshing nail, and cut the tip off to flatten it.

Am too new to reloading to tell you how to go with this approach

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