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    Default Depriming brass

    What do you use for depriming brass?

    Do you just deprime when you resize or do you deprime first, then clean, then resize using a "universal" depriming tool (like the Lee depriming die, or the Harveys hand held deprimer)?

    Has anyone who deprimes before cleaning/resizing used the Harvey depriming tool? Looks kinda like the Lee and RCBS hand primer. https://harveydeprimer.com/
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    Default Re: Depriming brass

    I always clean first then size/deprime. I use a rcbs (rock chucker )size/deprimer for the 50.
    and a dillon XL650 for handgun brass.

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    Clean first, then deprime/resize die (Lee). For me, new primer is also seated during this step.

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    Default Re: Depriming brass

    For rifle, i deprime first with a lee decapping die, then tumble in walnut media with a bit of liquid polish mixed in.

    With pistol i just clean, then size/ deprime

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    Default Re: Depriming brass

    If dry tumbling I clean first then size/deprime.

    If Wet tumbling I deprime with a modified lee universal decapper, then wet tumble, then size.

    I modded my lee die to accept a rcbs decapper stem and pins. Best of both worlds. If it dosen't slip out the RCBS pin is cheaper to change than the Lee pin.
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    Default Re: Depriming brass

    Like others I just clean then deprime/resize at the same time. I use a lee hand press and do it in front of the TV.

    I do have a primer pocket cleaner if I think it looks like it needs attention. They never do though and I've never had trouble seating a new primer or a problem with any ammo.

    This is all just range ammo.

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    Default Re: Depriming brass

    This tool works well for .577/450 Martini Henry brass. Yeah, I know, so does a set of Lee dies, but I just wanted to replicate the process from 140-150 years ago...

    Decapping the .577450.jpg
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    Default Re: Depriming brass

    Quote Originally Posted by bamboomaster View Post
    This tool works well for .577/450 Martini Henry brass. Yeah, I know, so does a set of Lee dies, but I just wanted to replicate the process from 140-150 years ago...
    Did you forge the nail and vulcanize the rubber for the mallet too?

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    Default Re: Depriming brass

    For me, with pretty low volumes of rifle loading:
    Deprime with a universal deprimer on a hand press
    Clean in a wet tumbler
    Lubricate and resize
    Clean off the lube in a dry tumbler.
    Prime and load

    Pistol rounds are on a progressive machine so I deprime and size together. Then wet tumble. Then run them through the press and load them.

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    I've been using that Frankford Arsenal hand tool recently to deprime and it works pretty good.

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