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50 BMG Case Preparation

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by lencac, Mar 19, 2013.

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  1. lencac

    lencac Member

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    Hi Guys:
    Well, I'm movin up to the "big dawg" (aka 50 BMG)
    I got a new, very nice Hornady 50 BMG press and dies. So resizing and seating should be no problem. I already have digital scale and powder measure and most of the other stuff I will need.
    However, I'm going to be using once-fired military brass. The cases will need to be cut to length after full length sized and deburred and have the primer pocket crimp removed.
    Any recommendations as to who or where can I find the equipment to do these tasks.
    Thanks guys :)
     
  2. Strongbad

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    For the trimmer, I'd look at the Lyman. Good value for the casual 50 BMG reloader. - Midway, Grafs, Cabela's, not hard to find.
    Deburring tool - Also Lyman (they have a 50 BMG tool)

    Primer pocket swager - CH4D. Period. You can order it direct from CH4D.
     
  3. 50 Shooter

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    Check out K&M tools for the .50, I use their case length trimmer, flash hole deburring tool, primer pocket uniformer. They make a neck turning tool and a couple others but I don't have a match chamber so I don't see the need to spend the money.

    RCBS makes a chamfer (.17-.45) that does a good job on reaming the pockets to get rid of stake marks on primer pockets. It will also get rid of the ring crimp on newer brass, just remember to remove a small amount of material. If you get to creative and remove to much you'll ruin the brass.

    Seeing that you bought a regular size press and not the smaller Lee you can get more die combinations. Check out www.m2precision.com they make some of the best dies and custom stuff for reloading the .50. Be sure you're sitting, their stuff ain't cheap but its probably the best on the market.

    So, what .50 are you loading for? You don't need to run max on powder charges, my AR-50 likes loads between 215-220 grs. of most any .50 powders.
     
  4. lencac

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    All things are relative. lol
     
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    What gun are you shooting?....I have a Bushmaster and my brass go a few times without any prep....
     
  7. Strongbad

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    Same for my State Arms.
     
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