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Military primer crimp removal

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by nitforfun, Nov 15, 2009.

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  1. nitforfun

    nitforfun Member

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    I would like to know what the best tool to use to remove that primer crimp on .223 brass

    so let me know what you are using
     
  2. freakshow10mm

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    Dillon swage tool
    various brand pocket reamers
    60 degree countersink
    RCBS swage die
    Herter's swage die

    I load on a Dillon 1050 so it swages on the press.
     
  3. tlen

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    Lyman primer pocket reamer. If you want to mechanize, you can remove the wood handle and use the reamer in an electric drill or drill press.
     
  4. hokeyplyr48

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    Dillon 600 Super Swage is one of the most recommended ($$ but is quick and easy)
     
  5. Uncle Chan

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    I use the Dillon. Yes, it is expensive, but it works QUICK and EASY. Love it.
     
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    "Lyman primer pocket reamer. If you want to mechanize, "you can remove the wood handle and use the reamer in an electric drill or drill press.

    Exactly so. Inexpensive, VERY easy to do, works faster than a swager and does a good job. What's not to love?
     
  7. Steve C

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    Depends if you have just a few to remove the cromp on or you have hundreds. A $3 chamfer tool from Lee will work just fine but is a bit tiresome for several hundred pieces of brass. If you just got a 1,000 pieces of military brass, a press mounted primer pocket swagger is probably worth the investment.
     
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  8. BsChoy

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    I used to use the lyman but it seemed to dull after 500 or so cases...got a Hornady reamer and it works beautifully
     
  9. Shawn Dodson

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    The only piece of Dillion reloading equipment I have is the Super Swage 600. Quick and easy.
     
  10. Roccobro

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    Ditto what Shawn Dodson says.

    Justin
     
  11. Noveldoc

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    I ream LR crimps on 30-06. I found a flat tipped hard steel Phillips screwdriver bit that works great.

    Tom
     
  12. Bush Pilot

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    .223 gets swaged on the 1050, everything else is on a Super Swage.
     
  13. Wilki713

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    I have the dillion swage 600. fast and easy I think it is about $100 but will last forever
     
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    I use the RCBS pocket swaging kit. Under $30, works great.
     
  15. EddieNFL

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    I've used several different reamers, the RCBS swage die and the Dillon. Loaned the Dillon to a fellow who moved away without returning it; bought another.
     
  16. scotty

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    A few years ago I picked up a used RCBS swage die kit at a gun show for $5.

    Worked just fine for a 1,000 rd batch of .223 but then I wasn't in any particular hurry. Spaced out over 3 or so evenings it wasn't such a big chore.
     
  17. Jerry M

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    Dillon! Won't oval the pockets, like reaming can do, if you're not careful.
     
  18. Bula

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    Dillon is the only way to go if your doing large amounts of brass. About $100 or so. But You can do a few hundred cases per hour, easily. All while not working your fingertips to the bone. Another plus, is not removing to much material, or even more than you have to. I tried most of the other methods mentioned above, Dillon is the clear winner.
     
  19. TxBaaylea

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    CH primer pocket swages

    They don't get mentioned much but they work and are reasonably priced.

    http://www.ch4d.com/catalog/?p=57

    The full set which can either swage or set primers is just under $30. For swaging only is just over $20.

    I have had the original for large primers for a few decades.

    Vernon
     
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    Lee single stage press and RCBS swage dies
     
  21. Rembrandt

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    Dillon....worth spending a few extra dollars, you won't regret it.

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  22. Roccobro

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    I would lend you my Dillon if you lived close.

    I truly believe in a community attitude towards big purchases. In fact, I'd rather have paid a local reloader $50 to borrow his SS any time I needed it than to buy one for myself.

    It's just one of those tools you'll use the heck out of for a few batches, then it will sit for ages untouched.

    Justin
     
  23. Capstick1

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    Plus one on the Dillon swage tool. This thing will remove the the military primer crimp in 500 rds of brass faster than most with the least amount of fuss.
     
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