How often do you clean primer pockets?

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  1. Maxinquaye

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    I read about people doing it, never done it myself. Progressives are designed to punch out the old primer then immediately seat a new one...so what am I missing here? At what point should the pockets be cleaned, and how often?

    I read about tumbling brass after the primers have been punched. Tried it once and spent the next 20 minutes punching media out of the flash holes.

    Since then I don't bother...should I?
     
  2. P95Carry

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    Tumble first .. I recommend. Then deprime.

    Only time I have done much primer pocket cleaning is after water pressure ejection of Berdan primers ... the remains of old primer does leave residue - bit like piece of paper.

    With Boxer I reckon rarely necessary at all ... tho with very critical rifle bench loads then perhaps yes - every stage aimed at total consistency.

    More likely is, with some brass ... a need to add a small chamfer to ''ease'' further primer installations.
     
  3. Jim Watson

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    Pistol ammo on a progressive - never.
    Match rifle ammo loaded single stage - every time.
     
  4. GREYGHOSTt

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    Jim Watson Pistol ammo on a progressive - never.
    Match rifle ammo loaded single stage - every time
    What he said! :D
     
  5. Wildalaska

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    Every time

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  6. steveno

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    this must be a trick question.
     
  7. whofan

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    Pistol ammo, never.

    rifle, depends.

    Practice rifle ammo does not get the primer pockets cleaned. On the other hand, ammo for hunting/long term storage usually gets the primer pockets thouroughly cleaned.
     
  8. cottontoptexan

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    Cleaning Primer Pockets

    I clean them each time on all of my loads. It is just the pattern i got into when i started reloading. Opened up a can of worms on another forum by stating i clean them each time. Loading single stage and not shooting the quantity of ammo some shoot i can do this. Is it absolutely necessary?
    For handgun i would say NO it is not. For competition rifle and accuracy loading i would say yes. It just gives me a warm and fuzzy that each case went through my care and inspection before loading.
    Now i will prepare myself to be shot at on this forum . Okay guys you can unload on me for cleaning my primer pockets each time.
     
  9. JoeHatley

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    I de-prime the cases before I tumble them. Yes... media gets stuck, but it gets punched out when I resize.

    Joe
     
  10. Catbird

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    When I was new to reloading, I cleaned them every time. I haven't bothered to do it in the past 20 years or so.
     
  11. Maxinquaye

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    "I de-prime the cases before I tumble them. Yes... media gets stuck, but it gets punched out when I resize. "

    Ahh. I have the sizing die in the same spot as the primer seat...wouldn't work for me unless I left the universal decapping die in seat #1...certainly a possibility. Thanks for a neat solution!
     
  12. straightShot

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    For pistol ammo, I don't.
     
  13. rbernie
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    Same as Jim Watson said.
     
  14. JNewell

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    I clean 'em in an ultrasonic cleaner and that seems to do a pretty good job on the primer pockets - I decap before cleaning.
     
  15. stans

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    Semi-auto pistol = never
    Revolver = sometimes
    Rifle = always, especially target ammo
     
  16. HSMITH

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    Agree with Jim Watson.
     
  17. Steve Smith

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    For anything, including my match loads...never. I load in a progressive and use the cases 6-7 times and then toss them.
     
  18. hivel37

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    Question

    Wont a primer blow out any little piece of media caught in the flash hole? Question is, how will we know, unless it wont go "bang"?
     
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    More time than sense I guess

    Single stage- everything-everytime

    I also want my brass to shine like new.

    But then I also seal case mouth and primer on all but practice ammo too.
     
  20. swifter

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    handgun: Rarely, if ever.

    rifle: Always.

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  21. Black Snowman

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    Made on the progressive: Never
    Made on the single stage: Usually, but not always. Mainly depends on if I can find the tool :)
     
  22. Joemidd

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    I have a RCBS trimmate. This is a great way to chamfer and deburr, clean primer pockets, remove primer crimps etc... sure speeds thing up for me. I clean the primer pockets every time for varmit and big game rounds.
     
  23. JuniorG

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    Every single case, every single time.
     
  24. larryf1952

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    OK, I'm anal, so what?

    What cottontop and JuniorG said...each and every single time. I got into the habit early on...it's just a natural movement now. Besides, I couldn't get to sleep at night, knowing that I'd left those ugly black flakes in that little primer pocket... ;)
     
  25. Zeke Menuar

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    Pistol. Yes or no depending on motivation

    Rifle. Every case every time. It is another part of the case inspection process.

    ZM
     
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