I would like to know what the best tool to use to remove that primer crimp on .223 brass
so let me know what you are using
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November 15, 2009, 10:28 AM
Dillon swage tool
various brand pocket reamers
60 degree countersink
RCBS swage die
Herter's swage die
I load on a Dillon 1050 so it swages on the press.
November 15, 2009, 12:27 PM
Lyman primer pocket reamer. If you want to mechanize, you can remove the wood handle and use the reamer in an electric drill or drill press.
November 15, 2009, 01:11 PM
Dillon 600 Super Swage is one of the most recommended ($$ but is quick and easy)
November 15, 2009, 03:18 PM
I use the Dillon. Yes, it is expensive, but it works QUICK and EASY. Love it.
November 15, 2009, 03:55 PM
"Lyman primer pocket reamer. If you want to mechanize, "you can remove the wood handle and use the reamer in an electric drill or drill press.
Exactly so. Inexpensive, VERY easy to do, works faster than a swager and does a good job. What's not to love?
November 15, 2009, 04:00 PM
Depends if you have just a few to remove the cromp on or you have hundreds. A $3 chamfer tool from Lee will work just fine but is a bit tiresome for several hundred pieces of brass. If you just got a 1,000 pieces of military brass, a press mounted primer pocket swagger is probably worth the investment.
November 15, 2009, 04:28 PM
I used to use the lyman but it seemed to dull after 500 or so cases...got a Hornady reamer and it works beautifully
November 15, 2009, 06:03 PM
The only piece of Dillion reloading equipment I have is the Super Swage 600. Quick and easy.
November 15, 2009, 10:06 PM
Ditto what Shawn Dodson says.
November 16, 2009, 01:25 AM
I ream LR crimps on 30-06. I found a flat tipped hard steel Phillips screwdriver bit that works great.
November 16, 2009, 01:29 AM
.223 gets swaged on the 1050, everything else is on a Super Swage.
November 18, 2009, 02:12 AM
I have the dillion swage 600. fast and easy I think it is about $100 but will last forever
November 18, 2009, 02:21 AM
I use the RCBS pocket swaging kit. Under $30, works great.
November 18, 2009, 08:07 AM
I've used several different reamers, the RCBS swage die and the Dillon. Loaned the Dillon to a fellow who moved away without returning it; bought another.
November 18, 2009, 11:05 PM
A few years ago I picked up a used RCBS swage die kit at a gun show for $5.
Worked just fine for a 1,000 rd batch of .223 but then I wasn't in any particular hurry. Spaced out over 3 or so evenings it wasn't such a big chore.
November 20, 2009, 04:04 PM
Dillon! Won't oval the pockets, like reaming can do, if you're not careful.
November 20, 2009, 04:19 PM
Dillon is the only way to go if your doing large amounts of brass. About $100 or so. But You can do a few hundred cases per hour, easily. All while not working your fingertips to the bone. Another plus, is not removing to much material, or even more than you have to. I tried most of the other methods mentioned above, Dillon is the clear winner.
November 21, 2009, 11:23 PM
They don't get mentioned much but they work and are reasonably priced.
The full set which can either swage or set primers is just under $30. For swaging only is just over $20.
I have had the original for large primers for a few decades.
November 22, 2009, 02:08 PM
Lee single stage press and RCBS swage dies
November 22, 2009, 02:55 PM
Dillon....worth spending a few extra dollars, you won't regret it.