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Old 08-29-2013, 12:39 AM   #1
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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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Old 08-29-2013, 12:44 AM   #2
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You need to remove the primer crimp.

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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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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.
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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.
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I use a Dillon tool that swages the primer crimp out. It works very well.

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

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