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    Hand De-Priming Tool

    Hello all,

    I have studying my rear end off learning everything I will need to begin reloading and have been putting together a list of "required" items. While putting said list together, I realized that when using the Dillon 550 progressive press that I will get, there is no way to clean the primer pockets and flash holes without pulling the brass from the press after de-priming. After thinking about it for a while I came to the realization that I would much rather just de-prime, clean/polish, and THEN put the brass in the press for the rest of the operation. After looking around the net for a while, I can't seem to find the one holy grail hand de-primer.

    Is this just a case of all hand de-primers being basically the same quality, with no clear winner?

    Any advice you all can offer would be most appreciated!
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    Why not just get a single stage press? I am using a Lee Single Stage myself, and although I am pretty sure I will eventually graduate to a turrent, right now to me at least, its great for what you want. Just de-prime, pop it out, clean them,and then toss them into your progressive. Just an idea.

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    I don't know if its the holy grail or not, but I've used a Lee hand press and a universal decapping die for everything from .357 Magnum to crimped 30-06 (milsurp stuff). Another option is to get a cheap single stage press (like the Lee reloader press) and a universal decapper if you don't want to juggle the press along with the brass and spent primers. Both methods have worked for me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Raging Bull View Post
    Why not just get a single stage press? I am using a Lee Single Stage myself, and although I am pretty sure I will eventually graduate to a turrent, right now to me at least, its great for what you want. Just de-prime, pop it out, clean them,and then toss them into your progressive. Just an idea.
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    rifle cases must be lubed when sizing, which is ordinarily not part of a progressive process.

    first you lube and resize, then you remove the lube. then you can finish progressively. so clean the primer pockets after removing the lube, before the progressive part.

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    Whether you settle on a hand press or a simple bench-mounted single-stage doesn't matter, as long as it works for you. I'm a turret-press guy myself, but I load in batches, and you can do the same for a Dillon. Deprime all your brass, then use whatever tool you like to clean the primer pockets. I've tried a bunch, and finally decided my Dremel with a scraper tool is the fastest way to clean them by hand. I also have an RCBS case prep machine with five revolving heads, but the Dremel is actually faster and does a far better job.

    Hand presses are okay, but I think a single-stage press on a clamp-on mount would be a better idea.......meaning faster.
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    So I hadn't even considered that a single stage press with a universal decapping die would be less expensive AND MORE VERSATILE than a separate tool, thank you SO much for the heads up folks!

    One question I have for those of you using the "Lee Precision Reloader Single Stage Press" though. While looking for the decapping die I came across this little problem: I can't tell the difference in these items

    7-90292 - Lee Precision Universal Depriming and Decapping Die for $10.03
    6-0810465 - Lee Precision Universal Depriming and Decapping Die for $10.78
    40424 - Universal Depriming and Decapping Die for $10.70


    After looking around on Lee's website it appeared as though I found the answer:
    Decapping Die - Lee Precision with an SKU of 90292...until I noticed that all the items from Cheaperthandirt.com had that number listed in the manufacturer label.

    What gives!?!?!

    Thanks in advance....again, guys!
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    What caliber and what will the ammo be used for? This will dictate if you need to clean the primer pockets or not.

    Personally, I have slowed down my handloading operation and mainly load in batches on a singlestage press, now that I have retired from the Navy and have way more time than money. I don't worry about cleaning primer pockets for smokless powder loads, and if it is a BP round the case gets deprimed and washed with soap and water.

    Robert

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    Well, my initial plan is to reload .45ACP that as I understand it would make the primer pocket cleaning a waste of time, however, I plan to reload 45-70 as well...once I've scoured the corners of the earth for that elusive Marlin 1895 LTD-IV.
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    Well, if you really wanted to go the cheapest route on 45ACP cases, you could use a slender nail and a hammer to deprime cases, the Universal decapping dies just allow you to do it on a press of whatever variety. Personally, I think it's easier to deprime and resize at the same time, which is what all standard sizing dies do anyway.

    I don't worry about cleaning primer pockets on pistol brass unless I need it to be perfect. For most of my shooting, run-of-the-mill ammo does just fine.
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