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Case Prep For American Eagle Brass
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 11, 2007 11:16 am    Post subject: Case Prep For American Eagle Brass Reply with quote

I just started reloading American Eagle .223 brass. I didn't think that it was military brass, but I just can't get the primers to seat right. I guess it's crimped. What is the best way to remove the crimp ??

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 12, 2007 2:28 pm    Post subject: Re: Case Prep For American Eagle Brass Reply with quote

Moi rrogacki. I simply use the sharp knife. K.W.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 12, 2007 5:38 pm    Post subject: Re: Case Prep For American Eagle Brass Reply with quote

There is a tool designed to remove the crimp.

Military Crimp Remover

I did some reloading for a mate who doesn't have the gear to do it and he wanted me to reload some once fired Winchester brass that had the primer crimped in. I used a small drill bit twisting it by hand to control the amount of brass removed. Got a bit tiresome and blistered my finger after doing 100 cases, but it worked. Only problem was there was no way to get every case decrimped to a uniform level.

If I had to do it again I would certainly look at purchasing a purpose designed tool.

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 13, 2007 6:11 pm    Post subject: Re: Case Prep For American Eagle Brass Reply with quote

I have no experience with Am. Eagle brass but do with crimped primers. I use Lyman's simple hand operated primer pocket reamer, it does the job very well and is inexpensive too. Actually, I remove the reamer from its "screwdriver" handle and chuck it in a drill but it works either way.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 14, 2007 7:50 am    Post subject: Re: Case Prep For American Eagle Brass Reply with quote

RCBS makes a primer pocket swager that removes the crimp from military type crimped primer pockets. Unlike the power model that Vince showed you, this one is manual and works on your reloading press.
I wouldn't call it super fast, but it works nicely, and comes with the tools to do both small (223 size) and large (308) size primer pockets.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 17, 2007 7:32 pm    Post subject: Re: Case Prep For American Eagle Brass Reply with quote

Jack wrote:
RCBS makes a primer pocket swager that removes the crimp from military type crimped primer pockets. Unlike the power model that Vince showed you, this one is manual and works on your reloading press.
I wouldn't call it super fast, but it works nicely, and comes with the tools to do both small (223 size) and large (308) size primer pockets.
Thank you all for the great advice. I think I'm going to try the RCBS swager since their stuff seems to be pretty good quality.

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 18, 2007 12:55 pm    Post subject: Re: Case Prep For American Eagle Brass Reply with quote

As was said by another here, Lyman makes a hand operated tool for small quantitys, but for larger amounts of brass, call Dillon precision for there Super Swage. It works great and requires little efort on your part. Other than mounting it to a sturdy surface. Very Happy
I had one for awhile but started buying new brass from Staarline and did not need it any more.

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