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Old 04-06-2005, 05:43 PM
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Hand tool for easy depriming?


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Wondering if there's an easy to use deprimer for short money that would enable me to crack primers out of my brass, like shelling pistachios, while I watch SPORTS on TV and the occasional KILL shot on the Outdoor Channel???
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Old 04-06-2005, 06:41 PM
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I don't know if you are a Lee hater, or admirer, however, Lee has a Hand Press, that is about 18.00, and you can buy a Lee Universal decapping die for about 5-7.00. I have a lee handpress, and I love it. i don't use it alot, however, it is perfectly capable of full lenght sizing 30-06 cases. You might want to look into it.

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Old 04-06-2005, 09:04 PM
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Maybe you just need to move your TV into your reloading room
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Old 04-07-2005, 10:48 AM
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Sounds like what I'm looking for... where do you recommend I buy from? Midway maybe?
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Old 04-07-2005, 05:34 PM
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midway is probably one of the better options, you could also check with graf's, midsouth and natchez
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Old 04-07-2005, 09:55 PM
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I use a Lee hand press with a universal decapping die. Got them both from Midway, which is my primary source for reloading supplies. I have nothing but praise of the highest order for both. The hand press does double duty for crimping after bullet seating for the rounds that require it.
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Old 04-08-2005, 07:28 PM
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I've always wondered why one would want to just decap, as a separate operation, when one can decap while resizing? Why run the brass thru 2 dies, and double the handling?
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Old 04-08-2005, 08:05 PM
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I deprime first because when I tumble the brass, the primer pockets get some cleaning, also, I like running clean brass through my sizing dies, less chance of getting them scratched by a piece of something on the case
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Old 04-24-2005, 04:32 PM
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I second the deprime and tumble. Also many times I just neck size with my full length dies and it may not eject the primer on a short stroke. Universal deprimer is great. JB
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Old 04-25-2005, 02:15 PM
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Deprime and tumble is one reason. Another is once in a while the ammo companies will turn out a case with an off-center flash hole. The decapping pin will be trying to find the flash hole while the sizer die is trying to follow the casemouth. If this has never happened to you, you are very fortunate. At least if you're only depriming, you can move the case around in the shell holder until the decapping pin finds the flash hole.
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Old 06-17-2005, 09:48 AM
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Thanks for all your input!

I ended up getting the Lee hand press 'kit' from Midway, as it comes with the ram-prime tool also.
I got the set of 11 Universal shellholders -- good for all the calibers I'll need in pistol or rifle.
I also picked up a deal on 40 s&w carbide dies so I've sized and deprimed a bag of those. Then, went back, and in one night, maybe couple hours decapped all my other brass (up to 30-06) with the universal decapping die I bought....just kicking back on the floor watching the boob tube, nothing to it.

Very functional and easy to use. A+ (except it could use a more comfortable finger grip on the tool side) But hey cheap is good, and it's plenty portable.
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Old 06-17-2005, 11:17 AM
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Way back when, my brother and I got into reloading we both bought the Lee Loaders, and they came with a decapping rod and base, my brother brazed his to a pair of channel lock pliers. He was at the time reloading for a 06 and a 30-30 thing is it worked.
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Old 07-05-2005, 11:55 AM
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The Lee universal de-primer rod is the way to go. I finally did bend mine and made one just like it on the grinding wheel. It was made out of better steel though so it has lasted now for more than 30 yrs. You need the base though to get the brass off the living room floor and then you can put the hammer on the deprimer and give it a tap and out goes the primer. You can then watch the outdoor channel and deprime while you watch. be carefull to get the punch tip in the primer pocket and keep the rod straight. That's what finally got my first one was a tap on the brass and not the primer.
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Old 08-08-2010, 08:14 PM
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On You Tube there is a video showing a hand held depriming tool. Called the Harvey Deprimer.
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Old 08-09-2010, 08:54 AM
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I've always wondered why one would want to just decap, as a separate operation, when one can decap while resizing? Why run the brass thru 2 dies, and double the handling?
For some, me included, being "super efficient" isn't necessarily desired. Handling a case one extra time makes little or no difference to me, actually it extends my pleasureable time reloading. I reload because I like to. I have no quotas, nor am I in any hurry. Reloading for me is a relaxing/rewarding time that if extended a few minutes per session, just makes it that much more time spent working my hobby.

I decap seperately sometimes just to keep my press clean. I then vibrate/clean and reload...
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http://shop.harveydeprimer.com/


Kinda spendy if you ask me, The Lee hand press and universal de-cap seems like the way to go
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Depends upon your view -- quality materials used in its construction and machined not cast. If memory serves the Lee is die cast or cast alumium. You get what you pay for in the long run.
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Old 09-12-2010, 04:26 PM
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Another option is the Lee Classic loader. Comes with a decapping base and rod, but you use a hammer. It's a nice item to have for camping loading setup. I have one for each caliber I load that has one available.

http://www.factorysales.com/html/xca...html#LeeLoader
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Old 09-12-2010, 09:45 PM
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I use a LEE handpress with a LEE universal de-capping die to remove the primers from my BP brass so I can pre soak it in the field/range to slow down/stop the BP corrosion until I get home to do a proper cleaning. It works really great and has never been a problem yet. It gets occasional use for de-priming other smokeless brass at times too. A good tool at a good price which can be important if you are on a budget.

No doubt the machined aluminum Harvey tool is a great piece of workmanship & certainly less prone to breakage but then it may be just a bit spendy for some.

Then, just how much pressure can you apply when de-priming a brass case?????
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Old 09-13-2010, 07:15 AM
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Depends upon your view -- quality materials used in its construction and machined not cast. If memory serves the Lee is die cast or cast alumium. You get what you pay for in the long run.
Are you talking about the hand press? or the hand primer? These guys are talking about a simple deprime tool, and although it may be machined it wouldn't offer the strength of a hand press. A machined part is just a machined casting, you get better fit but not stronger parts unless they were originally cast with better materials. Then again machining helps find defects in the casting though. Design and it's intended use should be a better guide for cast parts vs machined castings.
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