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

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  1. mongoose33

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    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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    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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    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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    x200.. it is tiresome, but works well for me too
     
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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.
     
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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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    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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    What's the quickest method, once everything is setup? It'd be a PITA if you're doing 3000 rounds of crimped .223 and it takes forever to do each one...
     
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    YouTube - Dillon Super Swage 600

    This is part of what made me choose the Dillon.
     
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    does anyone actually work up all their brass at one time

    While I do tend to tumble a bunch more brass than what I plan on using (mostly because it takes so long to get it good and clean) the rest of the case work I do as part of my reloading session that way I am positive about my measure ments and that my brass is in good shape and I don't have to rely on my memory as to if each step has been completed because each step was performed in a batch fashion and since I an using a single stage I normally don't load more than 100-200 rounds at a time which is a shoe lot more manageable than 3k
     
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    I'm going to organize all my brass in large tupperware containers, so there will be no confusion. It will all be labeled with any necessary info.

    I'd like to do all the boring parts in one stretch, it's easier for me that way. I'd like to process all my brass over one weekend, and load it as time allows after that.
     
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    82* Countersink bit from a hardware store chucked up in a drill press or hand drill. Quickest I've been able to find for the few bucks you spend on it.

    Just touch the primer pocket to the spinning countersink bit and BAM. No more crimp.
     

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