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Primer pocket sequence

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by 17Chap, Apr 28, 2008.

  1. 17Chap

    17Chap Well-Known Member

    Question for you wise loaders:

    I just got a C&H primer pocket swager to use on my military 223 brass. I usually do all the primer work by hand with a single stage. Where in the sequence should I swage the pockets?

    I usually clean, deprime, lube and resize, trim, prime.

    Thanks for your help.

  2. strat81

    strat81 Well-Known Member

    Any time after tumbling and you'll be fine. Tumble after you deprime and you'll get media in the flash hole. If I were you, I'd do it just prior to priming.
  3. kennedy

    kennedy Well-Known Member

    I also have a CH primer pocket swager and I plan on tumbleing, sizing and depriming, trimming length, swaging, priming, charging and them seating bullet. I have a lee three turret press and will need two turrents to do this, I may also add a bullet crimping die as the last stage.
  4. mek42

    mek42 Well-Known Member

    I tumble first and then after resizing (to get the lube off). I am working on a couple gallons of once fired LC 5.56 and my process is: sort by headstamp / year, tumble for cleaning, deprime / resize, tumble to remove lube, ream out primer pockets, trim, prime, powder, bullet. Yes, I have a reamer not a swager for the primer pockets. Right now I am positive that my shooting skills are a far larger cause of inaccuracy than swaging vs. reaming.

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