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how is depriming accomplished? special tool? or a die on the press....

I have a lot of clean brass i want to start depriming.

i have the ABC's of reloading, but didnt find it specifically addressed in there, if i missed it i'm blaming the kindle version for now:(

If i need to buy something, i want to get it ordered asap too.

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Go to the Dillon website. You do not need to buy anything. Look up the manual for the 550. Read the step by step for each of the stations (not the put together) on their press. You may need to use 2 to 4 stations depending on what you reload. If you have a single stage press just change the word station to stage. RCBS or Hornady should have similar info. You will get some comprehensive insight to the process. There are variations you must understand.
 

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Resizing and decapping (depriming) are normally accomplished in the same station. I generally do this as a stand alone operation. I can then clean primer pockets, check length, trim when applicable, inspect for defects and sort by headstamp before I actuall start the loading process.
 

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If you don't have a press and dies yet, they can be decapped with a simple hammer and punch.
 

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You will need to resize anyway. Using a hammer and nail or punch is a bunch of work to do something that would be done automatically when you resize.
 

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Hammer and punch sounds to me like a good way to mess up good brass as I get the feal of it. If it works for you, that great, but it sound too cheap for this cheapskate.
 

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The old ways still work, whether we have new and improved methods or not. Pound out the old primer and pound in a new one. Measure your powder with a dipper and dump it in. Push or pound in a new bullet. Millions of rounds of ammo have been reloaded this way for many many years. You don't really need to resize that case. They still make hand Lee Loaders. They worked years ago and still do. I've used old hand loading tools from the 1800's for loading many shells. I've still got all my fingers and eyes.
 

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I'm not saying a hammer and nail wouldn't work, just that I think I would mess a few up just getting the hang of it. I started this bad habit to save some money, and I just see money going out the door as I bang up my brass. BTW, any guesses as to how my money saving is going?
 
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