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Question on Crimped in primers and reloading on Lee Turret Press

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by y2k600f4, Jan 8, 2008.

  1. y2k600f4

    y2k600f4 Well-Known Member

    I have some reloading equipment on order (Lee Dies 9MM, 45 ACP, 38/357, Lee Classic Turret Press etc) (by the way I noticed everyone jacked their prices for 2008 :( I should of placed my order before Christmas !!!). I decided to go with the 124 gr RN KEAD bullets for 9MM and yet have ordered any primers or powder (still researching). I have been looking at buying some once fired brass and have seen that some suppliers have a low percentage of casings that may have crimped in primers.

    My question is how do you handle the brass that have crimped in primers on a turret press ? Do I need to inspect each casing first and determine if it has a crimped in primer and just recylce those ? If so how do you spot a crimped in primer, are there certain stampings to look for ? I am new to reloading, any assistance regarding this would be very helpful. (also any suggested suppliers of cheap brass ?) Thanks.
  2. hsiddall

    hsiddall Well-Known Member

    Shortly you will have some better answers, but brass that has a primer crimp is typically military brass. Long story short if you stay away from military brass you will be fine. Other wise yyou have to ream or swager the primer pockets to fit new primers in...Hope this helps, and as I said there will be far more answers that are better than mine espicially since Im not familiar with 9mm.
  3. y2k600f4

    y2k600f4 Well-Known Member

    thanks hssidall.

    I plan on starting with 9MM then shortly load some 45 ACP, 38/357 etc and I believe the primer issue applies to other calibers other than the 9MM.
  4. hsiddall

    hsiddall Well-Known Member

    That is sure does, I learned the hard way with LC 223 Rem, a thousand of them. As I dont have a pocke swagger I traded or sold most of them... Good Luck
  5. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    You can run into crimped primers in military brass, Win-Clean & other brands of "green" ammo, as well as some foreign commercial brands of either rifle or handgun ammo.

    The smart thing to do is to always inspect it, sort it by brand, and handle the primer crimp issue as needed.

    With todays brass prices, there is no good reason to throw out perfectly good brass just because of crimped primers.

    It is too easily dealt with in any number of different ways.
    Reaming it out with a primer pocket reamer, Trimming it out with a sharp pocket knife, Swaging it out with an RCBS or Dillon tool, etc.


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