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30.06 primers?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by hogdog, Mar 18, 2013.

  1. hogdog

    hogdog New Member

    I recently aquired 150-200 rnds. of 30.06 old military brass. Mixed headstamps of EW 43 and LC 65. I resized and deprimed cases but noticed primer pockets were smaller than normal large rifle primers. Do these accept small rifle primers? Old primers were definitely boxer primers. Any help?
  2. Slamfire

    Slamfire Well-Known Member

    At times the Army used non standard primers but I think the real problem is that you have crimped primer pockets.

    You must remove the crimp. There are tools or you can use the spay blade on your Stockman pocket knife.

    If the link does not work, you can go to Google Images and type in crimped primer pockets to see what I am talking about

  3. Canuck-IL

    Canuck-IL Well-Known Member

    The primer pockets have a crimp on them - common with military brass. You need to either swage (compress) them out or ream the pockets ... tools for cheap to expensive are available for either purpose.

    Google RCBS pocket swager and similar entries.

  4. ArchAngelCD

    ArchAngelCD Well-Known Member

    Yep, they look smaller because they are crimped.
  5. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    30-06. (not 30.06)

    GI brass = Lg Rifle primers with crimped primer pockets.

    Must be Swaged or reamed to reload them.

  6. ali9cg8

    ali9cg8 Active Member


    I grabbed a countersink drill bit and now military crimps have become one of my favorite things. Sick? Sad? Yes, but head out to the hardware store and then pick up a Lyman Case Prep kit (or something of the like) to uniform the pockets. Prime away!

    Thanks to Trent, he schooled me well on doing it on the cheap and easy!

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