38 Spl. Military Brass

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by redscho, Aug 28, 2013.

  1. redscho

    redscho New Member

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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?
     
  2. noylj

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    You need to remove the primer crimp.
     

  3. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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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.
     
  4. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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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
     
  5. jebsca

    jebsca New Member

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    Glad I'm not the only one that has that problem.
     
  6. aandabooks

    aandabooks New Member

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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.
     
  7. string1946

    string1946 New Member

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  8. Shade

    Shade New Member

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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.