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I hope this helps someone.

 A friend of mine gave me a large load of 223 brass,

After cleaning and prepping a large load of them I started to press in the primers.

 I thought my RCBS hand primer had a problem because the primers wouldn't press in and locked the brass in the holder.

I had to disassemble the primer hand press to release the brass.

I called my friend to ask about this. He asked me if the brass was LC, I checked and told him yes.

 He said to ream out the primer pocket. Problem solved, and I learned to appreciate my RCBS electric reamer much more.

Tom

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Yep, Lake City, Perfecta, many Wolf cases, I have cursed them all.

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4 hours ago, ShooterJohn said:

I've always reamed primer pockets as part of my brass prep work.

I guess I will make it my regular prep work also.

Thanks John.

Tom

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I have used many different tools for the primer pockets and found the best. Fast and easy to use was the Dillon Super Swager.

I had a bunch of rem nickel plated brass that also had staked primers. 

When I RSO and pick up once fired brass I just run all of them thru the Dillon. Much easier than trying to look at each piece and decide if it is crimped or staked or not.

Good luck Tom and stay safe---Doug

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I don't know if you've already bought anything Tom, but my RCBS swager came today. After reading this it finally motivated me buy it. The one on my Lyman case prep center gets to my fingers. I don't do enough to justify the Dillon so I bought the RCBS at 1/3 the price and used the saved money to buy the Hornady can lock bullet puller and some collets. 

Should have bought this a LONG time ago!

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Bob, I talked to Doug (Diver Hunter) a few days ago, The man is a wealth of information.

I also ordered the new Hornady reloading manual.

now it's time to clean the reloading shop and get back to reloading.

Tom

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