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Best Depriming Press

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by EG3, Apr 23, 2014.

  1. ArchAngelCD

    ArchAngelCD Well-Known Member

    EG3, what are you using to load ammo? That might make a big difference and I agree there is no need for an O-frame press for depriming. The C-frame press I linked to and RC pictured is more than adequate. What are you loading with?
  2. EG3

    EG3 Well-Known Member

    Lnl ap. I really like it but I like to deprive before I tumble. And now I am getting into wet tumbling. When depriming nasty range brass the dirt and debris just get into all the crevices. Especially the priming shuttle. So it's a pain to have to take everything apart to get a thorough cleaning in. I reload a lot and just want to be more efficient.

    I guess I should throw in that I have only been reloading for about a year and 9mm is the only caliber I reload (for now). My 9mm round count is probably past 6k by now.
  3. KingM

    KingM Well-Known Member

    I'd look at what you might get into reloading then. If your not planning to reload anything except a short straight walled case then the C frame should even do that well. Now if your getting into 50BMG next week then we are on the other end of the scale.

    ETA: It is always useful to have a SS for this or that but if 9mm is all you will ever do I wouldn't waste the money on a big beefy press. However if your planing rifle it would be an investment. It may still be a investment to have both to you.

    Sometimes a big hammer isn't the right tool for the job even if you can still do the job with it.
  4. ArchAngelCD

    ArchAngelCD Well-Known Member

    Since you already have a good press that $29 Lee C-frame press is probably your perfect solution. IMO you won't do much better unless you build it yourself...
  5. EG3

    EG3 Well-Known Member

    Well. I plan on doing 5.56 soon. I have all components necessary. The only thing I am unsure of is getting a chrono. The rifle I plan loading on is AR. I would also like to get into 7.62x51 (but need that rifle first). I likes shooting 50 BMG but I don't think I can afford to really get into it (maybe down the road).
  6. KingM

    KingM Well-Known Member

    I would end with at least the Classic Cast Myself doing the rifle rounds. They can be done on the LNL AP but to me it was such a pain I sold mine. I prefer to do my rifle rounds on a SS & all my handgun on ether my Pro1000 or my Load Master. I'm not really into cleaning brass unless it is polishing the cartridge after I'm done.

    My guess is you will be happy with yourself if you go ahead & buy the Classic Cast.
  7. EG3

    EG3 Well-Known Member

    Thanks for all the info. I think I will settle on the basic lee for deprimming. And a used rock chucker. That should solve my current issue and keep me going on future projects.
  8. KingM

    KingM Well-Known Member

    Thanks for considering our advice.
  9. stubbicatt

    stubbicatt Well-Known Member

    There are these old pliers type recapping hand tools you could use, just hold the device over your trash can while depriming.

    Still that little Lee "C" press will do the deed for a lot less money if you have the real estate on your bench top to use it.
  10. gamestalker

    gamestalker member

    Don't most all presses have a system by which to collect spent primer's? I would consider it rather unusual to build a press, that doesn't include such a feature.

    All presses I know deprime / resize and perform most all other necessary functions of reloading. You might consider one of RCBS's single stage presses, can't go wrong with the Rock Chucker.

  11. EG3

    EG3 Well-Known Member

    The problem with mine is that I deprime before I tumble and the debris gets into all the crevices on my lnl ap. The priming system will not function correctly unless it is clean. I am picking up a used rock chucker with a modified spent primer catcher. I can also use the SS for more precise rifle loads. By the way if I deprime after tumbling I still get debris from media stuck in the flash hole.
  12. joustin

    joustin Well-Known Member

    Sorry I missed the three, a dealer account at grads if you have a C&R FFL
  13. EG3

    EG3 Well-Known Member

    Oh. That sounds like fun
  14. RussellC

    RussellC Well-Known Member

    I use the Lee Classic Breechlock for depriming. I also have a Lee hand press I used to deprime with watching TV. Now, I use the Classic BL to do that on one of Lee's portable stands. Dont have a brick to stabilize it, but a 50 cal. ammo box full of 9mm works!

    With both my loads, .223 and 9mm, I like to deprime brass and then clean it (and trim the .223). I then do batches of brass sized and primed. I like to store cleaned, sized and primed brass in good quantity. Then as ammo is needed, A Lee Classic Turret Press spits then out plenty quick for my purposes.

  15. EG3

    EG3 Well-Known Member

    That's kinda what I want to do. Prep all my 5.55 at once. It might take a while last check I was over 10k that all need to be sized deprimed swagged and trimmed. It's gunna be a long evolution.
  16. AlliedArmory

    AlliedArmory Well-Known Member

    I deprime with a progressive press. Stated with a LNL AP, then a Dillon XL650 and now a Super 1050. Just use a shop vac or compressed air to blow out the crud.

    Since you use a LNL AP, it is even easier for you since the does are all QD.

    If you really want another press to do this, get a Lee single stage. Cheapest way to go. You can always get a Lee progressive.
  17. EG3

    EG3 Well-Known Member

    Thanks for all the suggestions and sharing. It is great to hear from more experienced reloaders.
  18. WanMan99

    WanMan99 Member

    I use a Lee Single Stage for decapping, a RCBS bench priming tool for priming and then a Lee 4 hole turret press for loading = $275 or so for all three
  19. GLOOB

    GLOOB Well-Known Member

    Wow, the price went up on those Breechlocks. IIRC, they sold for ~$55.00 3 years ago on the Lee website?

    There are 101 ways to skin a cat. Some are way better than others. :)
  20. EG3

    EG3 Well-Known Member

    Prices have gone up for just about anything to do with reloading, except for a few online sites. Supply and Demand

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