Quantcast

Primer prep questions

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by sydandpaigesdad, Oct 13, 2008.

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. sydandpaigesdad

    sydandpaigesdad Member

    Joined:
    Sep 22, 2008
    Messages:
    17
    Ive been reading and reading and reading some more and Ive come across another topic that has me a little perplexed. In my catalogs and such I have found three different tools I think I need clarification as to their function

    1- primer pocket cleaner

    2- primer pocket uniformer

    3- flash hole deburrer

    Not exactly sure what the major differences are in these so if anyone could clear it up for me Id appreciate it.Thanks in advance.God Bless.
     
  2. cdrt

    cdrt Member

    Joined:
    Mar 12, 2007
    Messages:
    949
    Location:
    The Lone Star State
    Primer pocket cleaner cleans it out after you deprime the case.

    Uniformer makes the primer pocket equally round

    Flash hole deburrer is used to clean the flash hole from the inside of the case to make sure it's round and uniform.
     
  3. ants

    ants Member

    Joined:
    Nov 24, 2007
    Messages:
    3,710
    Depending upon my needs...

    ... I usually don't use any of those tools. For rifle ammo, I only inspect the pocket to make sure nothing is wrong. For pistol ammo I don't even do that. Most progressive presses don't allow you to stop after decapping to visually inspect a case before priming. You go through all 4 or 5 steps revolving around the shellplate (or turret) without stopping. If someone tells you they prep and clean and inspect every pocket, they surely aren't using a progressive press.

    ... Unless I'm going for a 600-yard rifle shot, trying to make the smallest tiniest group I can get. Then I prep the whole case until it's clean and perfect, including the pocket, and all cases match one another perfectly. Those are always loaded on a single station press for maximum consistency.

    So it depends upon my ammunition needs.

    Best advice: Eventually collect all the hand tools. You'll use them eventually, even if you don't use them every time. And those are generally the cheapest tools on the list. If you're starting out with common pistol ammo, you probably don't need extensive primer pocket prep anyway.
     
  4. sydandpaigesdad

    sydandpaigesdad Member

    Joined:
    Sep 22, 2008
    Messages:
    17
    But to recieve them as say Christmas presents wouldnt be a bad idea to have for someday? Id say not to bad of an idea.
     
  5. MrBorland

    MrBorland Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Apr 13, 2007
    Messages:
    5,015
    Location:
    NC
    Here's an article that goes into a bit of case prep using primer pocket and flash hole uniformers. If you have a copy of "The ABCs of Reloading", it's essentially the same piece as the "Slamming Steel" chapter.

    http://www.lasc.us/RangingShotFreedomArms357CastBulletPT2.htm

    In the ABCs, the author notes that very few revolvers are made with tolerances tight enough that the shooter would notice a difference with this level of case prep. But in an inherently accurate revolver, such as one made by Freedom Arms, it can make a difference when shooting a steel ram at 200 yards.

    I personally have been wondering if there's anything else, such as a S&W K-38 Target Masterpiece, that's up to that level of precision right from the factory.
     
  6. ants

    ants Member

    Joined:
    Nov 24, 2007
    Messages:
    3,710
    Now, that is a superior idea!
     
  7. NavajoNPaleFace

    NavajoNPaleFace Member

    Joined:
    Nov 7, 2003
    Messages:
    566
    Location:
    Too Dang Hot, Arizona
    I'm with ants on this one.

    I no longer use any of those tools.

    When I first started serious reloading in the early 1990s I used to concern myself with the promer pocket tool.

    Like ant, I just inspect them now and for the past fifteen years I have never had a failure to fire because of the primer pocket being crudy.
     
  8. Zeede

    Zeede Member

    Joined:
    Mar 22, 2007
    Messages:
    267
    Location:
    Los Angeles, CA
    I use a cleaner on my .30-06 cases for the M1 Garand, but that's to keep the potential for slam fires to a minimum. The seating depth is really important in service rifles like that.

    Cameron
     
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.
    Dismiss Notice