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Primer pockets expanding. Pressure sign?

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Unread 08-12-2008, 07:35 AM
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Re: Primer pockets expanding. Pressure sign?

If it is soft brass and not a pressure situation, then Check out this thread:

Hart's "case saver"primer pocket swager

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    Harts Case Saver Primer Pocket Swager

    Wow,

    Thanks for the quick reply.

    That does seem like a very nice tool to have. I found it on page 17 of his catalogue here.

    I might just have to purchase one of those.

    Cheers.



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    If it is soft brass and not a pressure situation, then Check out this thread:

    Hart's "case saver"primer pocket swager

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    Re: Primer pockets expanding. Pressure sign?

    I hope that it works for you, keep us posted

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    Re: Primer pockets expanding. Pressure sign?

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    If it is soft brass and not a pressure situation, then Check out this thread:

    Hart's "case saver"primer pocket swager

    edge.
    I just ordered one yesterday.
    Have some Wby brass I'd like to be able to load a few more times.
    Will let you know how it works forr me.
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    Re: Primer pockets expanding. Pressure sign?

    Interesting...I have reloaded Federal brass in 243, FL sizing, up to 8 times with mostly non-max charges level that results in medium velocity yet flattened primers (no other pressure signs) and yes some primer pockets are getting very easy. I've recently had a few cases that started to rupture horizontally about 1/2" up from the case head. But this is after 8+ reloads.

    I have noticed that Winchester brass seems to take more of a beating out of an autoloader than Remmington, making me think it is softer.
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    Re: Primer pockets expanding. Pressure sign?

    For WSM/WSSMs I would use only Win reloading brass. It's good stuff.

    Also, your action might not be designed for magnum diameter cartridges, and your chamber may be too loose near webs.
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    Re: Primer pockets expanding. Pressure sign?

    I would say it is pressure that is causing you the problem. Even if the problem is soft brass; the load your using is enough pressure to loosen the primer pockets in 3 loadings. If you want that federal brass to last you will have to back your load down. So for THAT brass you are experiencing excessive pressure signs. I would use a hand primer; you can feel how easy the primer seats and you get a feel for what it feels like in new case, once fired and several firings. You will know when they are seating too easy and adjust your load accordingly before you loosen the pockets on all the brass in that lot. I would do this during load development so you have it figured out before you shoot thru all your brass.
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