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Quick rcbs prep center question

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by flomofo, Dec 5, 2009.

  1. flomofo

    flomofo Active Member

    If I get the pocket uniformers, do I still need to use the primer pocket cleaners?

    It seems like the uniformer would basically be doing both jobs.
  2. flomofo

    flomofo Active Member


    I'm also trying to orde the flash deburr tool for the prep center but, do I just order the whole thing with the handle, unscrew it from the handle and it then just screws into the prep center?

    Was going to order the replacement cutter and a few different pilots but not sure it would come with the piece to screw it into the prep center from the pilot.
  3. EddieNFL

    EddieNFL member

    I don't clean all primer pockets. The ones I do get hit with the uniformer. Can't help you with the RCBS tool.
  4. RidgwayCO

    RidgwayCO Well-Known Member

    To answer the OP... Yes, the appropriate primer pocket uniformer can also be used to clean the primer pockets after decapping instead of the primer pocket cleaners (brushes). When I'm processing fired brass, I first decap with the Lee Universal Decapping Die, then hit the primer pocket with the uniformer rotating in the RCBS Case Prep Center, then toss the brass into a box ready for the vibrating case cleaner. Cleaning the primer pocket only takes a couple of seconds for each case this way, but removes any problem with seating a new primer. The uniformer cutters are made from tungsten carbide, so I doubt scraping out any primer residue will harm them.
  5. RDA 226sig

    RDA 226sig Well-Known Member

    I use both the uniformer and the brush depending on the brass and how tight the primer pockets are made. Generally on the first reload the uniformer will both uniform and clean the pocket unless the brass has a relatively deep primer pocket in which case it may not clean the pocket thoroughly. A lot depends of what you are loading, how picky you are, and the particular brass lot and manufacturer.

    I recommend getting both but if you are not super picky you can get by with just the uniformer.
  6. Ol` Joe

    Ol` Joe Well-Known Member

    The stem and cutter can be ordered seperatly as can the pilots for the various calibers. The stem is threaded on its end and screws right in.
    Call Midway and ask them about them, I`m sure they have them and can help.

    The primer pocket uniformers will clean the ash from the pockets. The only thing is RCBS unless they specify it are not carbide, just a good tool steel and will dull fairly rapidly from this use. The uniforming is a one time step and after doing a complete lot of brass the cutter can be put up until you buy replacment brass when it wears out. Some makers use carbide only for their cutters but not RCBS.
    Midway can help here too.
  7. flomofo

    flomofo Active Member


    Thanks for the help guys, I havent even started reloading yet but have been reading and buying up a lot of equipment.

    So I am pretty picky, but more about getting all the equipment I need the first time and also about doing what I can to make every round accurate while being as efficient as possible.

    I only plan on avoiding neck turning since I went with a lee sizer die in conjuction with a redding body die for my bolt rifle and theres a few people who do well in competition I guess without neck turning when using this setup.

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