You are Unregistered, please register to use all of the features of!    

Firearm & Gun Forum - > Gear & Accessories > Ammunition & Reloading >

38 Spl. Military Brass

LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 08-28-2013, 11:39 PM   #1
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
redscho's Avatar
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Johns Island, SC
Posts: 306
Liked 102 Times on 56 Posts
Likes Given: 156

Default 38 Spl. Military Brass

I inherited a small amount of military issue (Lake City head stamp) 38 Spl brass. It is almost impossible to insert the primers (CCI 500 small pistol). Maybe the primer pocket needs to be opened just a tad or at least debur them in case they were crimped in place. Anyone else encounter this problem with military brass?

Red S.
"I want a government small enough to fit inside the Constitution."
redscho is offline  
Reply With Quote

Join Today - It's Free!

Are you a firearms enthusiast? Then we hope you will join the community. You will gain access to post, create threads, private message, upload images, join groups and more.

Firearms Talk is owned and operated by fellow firearms enthusiasts. We strive to offer a non-commercial community to learn and share information.

Join Today! - Click Here

Old 08-28-2013, 11:44 PM   #2
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Tucson,AZ, for now
Posts: 269
Liked 32 Times on 28 Posts
Likes Given: 1


You need to remove the primer crimp.

noylj is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 08-30-2013, 01:13 AM   #3
Lifetime Supporting Member
Feedback Score: 1 reviews
robocop10mm's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Austin,Texas, by God!!
Posts: 11,395
Liked 4138 Times on 2111 Posts
Likes Given: 523


Crimped primers are pretty standard on military brass. I prefer to use a primer pocket swager to remove displace the brass back to its original place. On a low pressure round like .38 Spl, you can use a deburring tool to cut out the crimp.
In life, strive to take the high road....It offers a better field of fire.
"Robo is right" Fuzzball
robocop10mm is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 08-30-2013, 01:20 AM   #4
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
JonM's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Rochester WI,Rochester WI
Posts: 20,135
Liked 7694 Times on 4103 Posts
Likes Given: 628


be real careful with a deburring tool. ive done a few cases a little too much and had primers fall out. thats when i got a dedicated decrimp tool

it tkes a real light touch deburring the primer pocket. im too clumsy for that
"Gun control: The theory that a woman found dead in an alley, raped and strangled with her panty hose, is somehow morally superior to a woman explaining to police how her attacker got that fatal bullet wound." L. Neil Smith

The problem with being stupid is you cannot simply decide to stop doing dumb things...

"I crapped my pants to avoid the draft!!" -Ted Nugent
JonM is offline  
jebsca Likes This 
Reply With Quote
Old 09-01-2013, 02:48 PM   #5
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
jebsca's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2011
Posts: 228
Liked 34 Times on 27 Posts
Likes Given: 42


Originally Posted by JonM View Post
it tkes a real light touch deburring the primer pocket. im too clumsy for that
Glad I'm not the only one that has that problem.
jebsca is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 09-01-2013, 07:52 PM   #6
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
aandabooks's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Central Illinois
Posts: 1,599
Liked 359 Times on 214 Posts
Likes Given: 64


I've got the Lyman handheld decrimping tool. They make them for both SP and LP. The tool works well but to do hundreds of cases it gets a little hard on the wrist.
aandabooks is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 09-03-2013, 02:16 PM   #7
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
string1946's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Georgia
Posts: 6,806
Liked 1465 Times on 1028 Posts
Likes Given: 273


I use a Dillon tool that swages the primer crimp out. It works very well.
NRA Endowdment Life Member.....F&AM
Curio and Relics License Holder (FFL 03)

Gun confiscation will not happen in my lifetime.

"Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience." C.S. Lewis
string1946 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 09-08-2013, 02:49 PM   #8
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Shade's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Kankakee County,Illinois
Posts: 1,783
Liked 723 Times on 438 Posts
Likes Given: 868


I use my Lyman primer pocket reamer, chucked in my drill press.
Fast, quick and easy and no issues with oversized pockets.

An Armed man is a Citizen,
An Unarmed man is a Subject. -- Unknown

"I am prepared are you?" -- Shade

"Regulation, registration, confiscation, domination, that's the Progressive agenda." -- RED Caddy

Shade is offline  
Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Firearms Forum Replies Last Post
Military brass join Demand a plan...... WNGMSTR Legal and Activism 6 03-01-2013 01:10 PM
Decrimping military brass blucoondawg Ammunition & Reloading 17 04-06-2012 08:28 PM
Military brass destruction - 2010 bkt Legal and Activism 3 03-26-2010 06:32 PM
Obama cutting military and the Russian military is parading! Bigcountry02 Politics, Religion and Controversy 4 05-10-2009 03:58 AM
Military requirment for brass MGH The Club House 15 05-07-2009 03:59 AM