Reloading Military Brass

Discussion in 'General Reloading' started by mikefink, Aug 23, 2002.

  1. mikefink

    mikefink Guest

    Can anyone help me with this? I have some military brass that I want to reload. Will it damage my die when I de-prime because of the crimped primer? Once I have de-primed the brass how do I remove the crimp?

    Thanks for any help you can give me.

  2. Ron Y

    Ron Y Guest

    About the worst that has happened to me is that the decapping pin bent. I always have a few spares around.
    RCBS makes a primer pocket swager that works well. If I only have a few cases to process, I use a hand deburring tool to remove the crimp from the the primer pocket.

  3. PAPA G

    PAPA G G&G Evangelist Forum Contributor

    yep about the spare de-capping pins. was so bad i started using finishing nails, they worked!!!! and alot cheaper too!!!:D
  4. EmailTim

    EmailTim Guest

  5. WyrTwister

    WyrTwister G&G Newbie

    Lee & several other companies make a universal de-prime die . That is what I use . I have the RCBS swagging die for the primer pockets , but still need to ream the burrs and sharp edges , so the primers will not get cought up & try to start crooked .

    Only have to do this the first time .

    God Bless
  6. Armorer

    Armorer Guest

    Dudes, I have 2500 Lake City Mil spec never been shot brass. (well a few 100 TWs too)

    I use the RCBS swage. THEN a hand held Lyman reamer.

    It seems the swag by itself doen't get the very end near the flash hole. I had a few primers dimble when i seated them. Not any more with the two stage pocket procedure.

    Oh yeah buy stock in primer pins. I have two dies and 20 pins on hand for when i start doing once fired. I did a batch earlier for the heck of it. I got 37 primers out before breaking my first pin.
  7. mikefink

    mikefink Guest


    Thanks for your help. See..this is why I like this board. Everyone is willing to help out.