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Best way to deal w/ primer pocket on .223 brass

This is a discussion on Best way to deal w/ primer pocket on .223 brass within the The Ammo Can forums, part of the Armory Talk category; Military brass has the primer crimped into the pocket, which means using the used brass involves swaging or reaming the primer pocket to be able ...

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Old 09-22-2008, 11:05 AM   #1
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Best way to deal w/ primer pocket on .223 brass

Military brass has the primer crimped into the pocket, which means using the used brass involves swaging or reaming the primer pocket to be able to reprime.

What's the best method people have found for doing this? Best is a combination of price/quality.

Are reamers a good approach? Best swaging tool? I've seen some that are pretty expensive, but I don't have an unlimited budget. I do, however, have some military brass (lake city, e.g.), and want to use it but need to prepare the primer pocket first.
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Old 09-22-2008, 11:29 AM   #2
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I use the lee reamer, I hook it up to a drill. I've heard that the Dillon swagger works better but I've never used one. The Lee reamer can get a bit tiresome, sometimes the case wont stay on the holder.
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Old 09-22-2008, 11:31 AM   #3
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It's not just military brass. Some of the commercial stuff has ring crimps in the primer pockets (FC comes to mind).

If you don't want to spend much, just use your chamfer tool to ream out the crimp. The RCBS swager is a good investment. For even more money, the Dillion Superswage works great.

I splurged and got two Dillons mounted on a piece of wood that I clamp to the reloading bench when needed. One for .223 and the other for .308/30-06 etc.
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i use the RCBS swagging die combo set but word of caution go slow at first or you will bend the swagging rod and they are hard to find individually i had to get one from RCBS direct of course it was free but i had to wait for it. i think they are about $25
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Go with the Dillon tool. Tried most of the others and it is the best thing I have ever tried for the primer crimp. You get the parts for both small and large primers and a lifetime guarantee.
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I use the lee reamer, I hook it up to a drill. I've heard that the Dillon swagger works better but I've never used one. The Lee reamer can get a bit tiresome, sometimes the case wont stay on the holder.
x200.. it is tiresome, but works well for me too
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Go with the Dillon tool. Tried most of the others and it is the best thing I have ever tried for the primer crimp. You get the parts for both small and large primers and a lifetime guarantee.
Thanks to all for their advice--in the end, I closed my eyes, clutched my wallet, and bought the Dillon.

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Old 09-22-2008, 04:20 PM   #8
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I love the dillon super swage. I need to run another 1,500 of lc through it sometime.
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Thanks to all for their advice--in the end, I closed my eyes, clutched my wallet, and bought the Dillon.

Now I await the Big Brown Truck of Happiness.
You will be pleased with the Dillon, simple and fast!
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RCBS swager is a PITA with .223... I stick to Lee reamers when the crimp aint too bad.
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