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308 Crimped primers

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by LR-308Hunter, Feb 14, 2008.

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  1. LR-308Hunter

    LR-308Hunter Member

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    Does anyone have any good easy remedies for knocking out 308 primers that are crimped i have looked at some depriming tools such as the dillion depriming tool, but it's a little expensive considering the fact i only have about fifty cases that are crimped so far.
     
  2. Pumpkinheaver

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    Just punch the primers out as you would any other case. You can remove the crimp with a chamfer tool.
     
  3. LR-308Hunter

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    I have tried taking old primers out with my lee universal depriming die and ended up breaking the tip may have been a weak tip
     
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    Look in the case, does it have one flashole in the ceter or two? If 2 then it's berdan primed and not worth the hassle to reload it.
     
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    LR-308Hunter,

    As previously stated, check your brass, it may be berdan primed and those will not come out using your die.

    Don
     
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    Do what Pumpkinheaver said.

    It works very well for me. After a bunch of cases are de-primed, I chuck my chamfering tool in the drill press and go at it. Takes about two seconds to get the crimp out.
     
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    I have a small hand RCBS or Lee cutter. After decapping, I just turn it in the primer pocket. It cuts the crimp and cleans the primer pocket. Got it a a gun shop years ago. I've used it on thousands of USGI 30-06 brass.
     
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    The Dillon super swage is a good tool, and while it may be excessive for the 50 cases you have, I've made it a policy to buy only rifle cases with the primer crimp intact, thus assuring once fired status, and really good brass quality. If you see something like that in your future, the super swage may seem like a better investment.
     
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    thanks for the help i did look into the case (as i did not think to check, and found that it is berdan)
     
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