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Unread 12-04-2010, 06:40 PM
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Prepping brass

Just curious what methods people use. Do you decap, tumble, resize, trim, primer pockets and in what order. I usually tumble, resize, trim, primer pocket, then load. Just ordered a Sinclair primer pocket uniformer.

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    Unread 12-04-2010, 07:56 PM
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    Re: Prepping brass

    What I used to do:

    tumble, rinse, dry, resize (includes decap), tumble, rinse, dry, trim neck if needed, chamfer/deburr, ready to load.

    Since the tumble/rinse/dry crap takes so long, I'm streamlining and just wipe the outside with Kaboom. I plan on buying the steel media and doing that method in the next few months.

    I won't run a dirty case in my sizer dies. I know many loaders take a spent case and size it dirty but that makes for extra cleaning of dies too.
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    Unread 12-05-2010, 09:35 AM
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    Re: Prepping brass

    From the range(immediately):
    1. hand deprime
    2. Twist carbon from pockets
    3. Wipe carbon off outside necks
    4. Vibratory clean
    Log the range results

    Later:
    5. Lube cases & bump shoulders
    6. Check trim length and fix if needed(not often for me)
    7. Bushing neck size
    8. Vibratory clean

    When ready to reload:
    9. Run mandrel through necks(for tension adj)
    10. Seat primers
    11. charge cases
    12. Seat bullets

    Of course each step is a procedure in itself.
    Store ammo with a card detailing the load.
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    Re: Prepping brass

    Go here and read the first 5 topics....they are fantasticlly well done.....you won't regret it....

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    Re: Prepping brass

    I found it interesting that the writer dismisses a 168 30 cal bullet for shooting at or beyond 600 yards without explanation. I have a 308 and bought 3 boxes of Berger 168 VLDs to try. Now I wonder if I should send them back and exchange for 175s.

    I'd really like to know his reasoning before I do anything.
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    Re: Prepping brass

    It's just a person's opinion, and nothing with a better basis than others.
    I breezed through about 13seconds of it and disagree with his contention of starting out jammed through load development.

    But anyhow, it's beyond the specific subject of this thread..
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    Re: Prepping brass

    Clean Brass:
    1.Deprime/resize
    2. Tumble to clean lube
    2a. Trim if necessary
    3. Prime by hand or in a dedicated primer tool like the Lachmiller
    4. Load and Seat

    Dirty Brass:
    1. Tumble till clean and shiny
    3. Deprime/resize
    3a. Tumble to clean lube
    4. Trim if necessary
    5. Prime by hand or in a dedicated primer tool like the Lachmiller
    6. Load and Seat
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