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BigEd63 02-18-2008 01:35 PM

Crimped In Primer Pockets
I've got both a RCBS primer pocket swager and a LEE or Lyman(cant remember the brand) deburring type crimp removing tool.

But I really don't like either for different reasons.

The LEE is hard to use because the dang 5.56NATO brass is so small to hold while using the tool.

And the RCBS die is a pain to get the swager rod started into the case mouth.

Anyone have any tips or tricks for using either one? Or,any alternatives?

I've got 800-100rds of once fired WW 5.56NATO brass and I'm wanting to use it for something besides melting it down into brass paper weights.

Gotta Add: I pulled that rod out of the swager die and polished the tip with a buffing wheel on my dremel tool with some chrome polish. Seems to work a bit better now.

RIKA 02-18-2008 02:55 PM

The only thing I can think of is using a rubber glove to hold the brass to keep it from slipping when using the Lee/Lyman tool. I do that but then I don't have a man's hands.


BigEd63 02-18-2008 03:46 PM

Rika- The glove idea might work as I've got a few pairs of rubber coated gloves I used for working around parkerizing solution.

RIKA 02-18-2008 04:05 PM

Ed, the rubber gloves that women wear might give a better grip. They will probably fit a man's large hand without problem.

I hope it works for you.


neolithic hunter 02-18-2008 04:32 PM

biged the secret to use the rcbs tool which i have one of, cause it works so well. i've tried others but i find the rcbs tool is the cheapest fix to the problem. what i do is slide the case up on to the rod first then bring the swage up to meet the case. done literately thousands of large rifle and small rifle cases this way never really had a problem getting the cases on the rod. if your have a problem with it call rcbs they can take care of what ever problem you are having, and free of charge i mite add.

Rich Z 02-18-2008 08:52 PM

Heck, I've tried both methods of removing the crimps. Using a deburring tool and using a swage tool that mounts to the reloading press. By far, I preferred the press mounted tool.

BigEd63 02-18-2008 09:04 PM

neo- Thanks for the advice seems to be working a bunch better also after polishing the edge at the end of the rod as it felt like it had a bit of an roughness there.

Using the other rod for the 7.62NATO cases I did with it never gave me this trouble, oh well live and learn.:wavey:

piperpilot1 03-22-2008 01:53 AM

A method I use with the RCBS press mounted swager is to slide the case up into the swaging die, then raise the piston. This way the primer pocket will already be aligned with where the stud on the 2 piece base is, and you can just pull the handle down and the stud slides into the primer pocket while the case moves up fully into the swager die.

Kpdpipes 03-22-2008 08:15 AM

Ed, Dillon makes a Swage just for the Crimps on Military Brass. It's EXPENSIVE...but it's Dillon so the thing will probably last a lifeting. Here's the Link


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