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Old 03-12-2014, 05:56 PM   #1
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I've heard some military surplus once fired brass has crimped primer pockets; is this correct? I've been reloading 9mm for about a year now. I just resently ordered a 308 bolt rifle and I'm wanting to reload my 308. To start off with I just want to load for plinking.

So, if its true about the surplus brass would the deprimer/resizer die be strong enough to push the primers out if they were crimped in or would that universal decapper be the way to go? Thanks in advance.

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For 5.56, the sizing die typically works fine for me. But I don't use it, I use a universal decapper because I tumble my brass in stainless pin media and it cleans the primer pocket as well. Then I size and load. It takes me a bit longer this way but I don't get all the extra crap in my dies.

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So, if its true about the surplus brass would the deprimer/resizer die be strong enough to push the primers out if they were crimped in or would that universal decapper be the way to go? Thanks in advance.
I've used the decapping pin on the Redding FL 30-06 sizing die to remove crimped in primers from their pockets during the sizing phase.

That having been said, I much prefer to use a universal decapping die. I happen to use the Lee universal decapper, and it works great with military crimped primers. Extremely cost effective, too. 12 or 15 bucks or so.
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For 5.56, the sizing die typically works fine for me. But I don't use it, I use a universal decapper because I tumble my brass in stainless pin media and it cleans the primer pocket as well. Then I size and load. It takes me a bit longer this way but I don't get all the extra crap in my dies.
I do the same thing.
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I've deprimed a LOT of crimped brass with sizing dies have yet to snap a decapping pin.

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I've been using the RSBS universal decapping die for years. and not just for crimped primers.

I like to decap my brass before washing. Then resize after washing.

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Hello Gent's, I have a device that works for BERDAN like magic, a friend builds and sells them, quite reasonable at $210 shipped , built like a Tank for Lifetimes of use, decaps on average 360 rnds an hr. has 1 use part, an small Oring at about 1000 rounds, slips on and away you go, makes ALL that Berdan Brass easy to reload, (if ya can find the components). Works on Hydraulic principle. Has 2 in .308 on hand, will make other calibers on request.

Anyway, pm me and I will get you More details.

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Hello Gent's, I have a device that works for BERDAN like magic, a friend builds and sells them, quite reasonable at $210 shipped , built like a Tank for Lifetimes of use, decaps on average 360 rnds an hr. has 1 use part, an small Oring at about 1000 rounds, slips on and away you go, makes ALL that Berdan Brass easy to reload, (if ya can find the components). Works on Hydraulic principle. Has 2 in .308 on hand, will make other calibers on request.

Anyway, pm me and I will get you More details.
Where would you get berdan primers?? I dont come across much berdan stuff anymore. Nothing worthy of buying a tool or hunting down exotic primers.
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JonM, using Berdan Brass and being able to decap quickly is simply Doubling ones available brass Supply, the guy's that use this unit are mostly Avid shooters and compete in Mil. 3 gun competition.
The Berdan primers are still not hard to get and the info comes with the unit.
Far as I know everyone who uses the decapper is very happy and the maker has not seen even one return for any reason.

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JonM, using Berdan Brass and being able to decap quickly is simply Doubling ones available brass Supply, the guy's that use this unit are mostly Avid shooters and compete in Mil. 3 gun competition.
The Berdan primers are still not hard to get and the info comes with the unit.
Far as I know everyone who uses the decapper is very happy and the maker has not seen even one return for any reason.
Do you have pictures??
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