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?
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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.
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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
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