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Old 09-28-2011, 02:35 PM   #1 (permalink)
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noob reloader question

So, right outta the gate, I'm stumped.
I want to use only cleaned brass through my lnl progressive.
So, do I clean the brass w/ the spent primers in the primer pocket - then run it though the press (seems silly since the pocket wouldnt' be clean). Station one would be to resize/deprime.

Or

Do I run cases through the press dirty - just to deprime, then clean and run thought he press again for the loading?

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Deprime by hand, clean then run thru....

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Just don't worry about the primer pockets, they'll be fine. Polish as fired, then load.
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I only clean primer pockets on my hunting/target loads. For pistol and plinking I don't bother. To be honest I've never seen a primer pocket so dirty it was a problem.
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Option one. I clean all brass before it goes in a press.
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Don't worry about primer pockets. Tumble, lube, deprime, resize, reprime, ect.
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x4 - Tumble first and don't clean primer pockets.

If I swage or ream military crimped primer pockets (5.56 or 7.62x51), I'll run the batch through the tumbler, since I'm already doing the extra step (brass out of press to swage after sizing and before repriming)...and figure a little tumble on the newly cut edge of the pocket can't ever hurt.
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I don't worry about primer pockets unless it's mil brass that has had the pocket reamed yet, or it's match ammo.

So tumble, and send it on through the progressive.
if it's rifle brass it get's tumbled again to clean off the sizing lube after it's loaded. And no in 25+ years I have never had a round go off in the drum.
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Old 09-28-2011, 05:55 PM   #8 (permalink)
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+1 on the first option. besides, no primers means having to remove media from the pockets
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+1 on the first option. besides, no primers means having to remove media from the pockets
I use fine walnut for deprimed brass, it doesn't plug flash holes.
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I'm gonna try stainless media: http://www.stainlesstumblingmedia.com/

Looks interesting and endlessly reusable.
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And expensive and unnecessary.
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And annoying, screw having to dry the brass.
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I use fine walnut for deprimed brass, it doesn't plug flash holes.
...available at fine pet supply stores near you.
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But it's cheaper by the 40 pound bag at places that sell abrasives.
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I use fine walnut for deprimed brass, it doesn't plug flash holes.
^^^ This. I used to have a serious shiny brass fetish. I got over it.

Nowadays it's walnut & Nu Finish, sort & load.

Well... OK. Sometimes I put the finished rounds through the tumbler...
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And annoying, screw having to dry the brass.
Man, I get tired of thinking I have everything figured out just to learn that I know shiat.

So, vibratory cleaning 'eh? How about ceramic media (I saw knife blades cleaned up with this stuff once....very purdy) http://www.kramerindustriesonline.co...-cylinders.htm

...or walnut? really?
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Yes, crushed walnut, really.

Add some Nu Finish car polish and let it go. A few hours later, you have nice pretty brass. It is cheap, it works, and it won't damage your brass.
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Yes, crushed walnut, really.

Add some Nu Finish car polish and let it go. A few hours later, you have nice pretty brass. It is cheap, it works, and it won't damage your brass.
AKA Lizard Litter at your local feed/pet supply store.
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Cool.
So, who makes the quietest vibratory cleaner? Quiet is important, especially w/ the 2 year old napping.

Another noob question, who makes a good carbide seater/crimper die? I need both functions in a single die, not a 2 step. Redding has the 92184

This would be for .38sp/.357
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Cool.
So, who makes the quietest vibratory cleaner? Quiet is important, especially w/ the 2 year old napping.
Teach your 2 year old to sleep through it. None of them are quiet.
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So, who makes the quietest vibratory cleaner? Quiet is important, especially w/ the 2 year old napping.
If you look at the safety nuts/clean freaks, you probably shouldn't be doing it in the house.

I have a barn or I do it outside, but I took an old garage door motor with some weight on the shaft, plastic bowl, and mounted it on some springs. Not pretty but all parts laying around besides the bowl.
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If you look at the safety nuts/clean freaks, you probably shouldn't be doing it in the house.

I have a barn or I do it outside, but I took an old garage door motor with some weight on the shaft, plastic bowl, and mounted it on some springs. Not pretty but all parts laying around besides the bowl.
I'm not going to do it in the house, but with this crappy construction - everything I do in the garage you might *think* I was doing it in the house. I thought I say somewhere that Dillon's was pretty quiet.

Looks like the tumbler might be better for what i'm after: http://www.thehighroad.org/archive/i...p/t-12110.html
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As long as you don't overload them with brass, they're all fairly quiet.
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As long as you don't overload them with brass, they're all fairly quiet.
This, more media and less brass reduces noise. Also doesn't need to run as long.
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Another noob question, who makes a good carbide seater/crimper die? I need both functions in a single die, not a 2 step. Redding has the 92184

This would be for .38sp/.357
I like my Lee carbide pistol dies. The seater die will also roll crimp.

No real need to roll crimp .38 Special. The roll crimp is to prevent bullet jump under heavy recoil and also help slower powders build pressure for more efficient combustion. You can increase the life of your brass by not roll crimping your light loads.
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