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coydog
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Anyone else have issues setting a new primer in Federal brass? I have a Lee set up and the small rifle primers will not seat into my spent Federal .223 brass. I have no isse with Rem or Win brass. So far the Federal brass I have had issues with are Lake City and Fusion.

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Was the old primer swaged in? You may need a primer pocket swager like this:


http://www.midwayusa.com/viewproduct/?productnumber=447022

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quote:
Originally posted by Flight-ER-Doc:
Was the old primer swaged in? You may need a primer pocket swager like this:


http://www.midwayusa.com/viewproduct/?productnumber=447022

Ahhh maybe.

Thanks

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quote:
Originally posted by coydog:
Anyone else have issues setting a new primer in Federal brass? I have a Lee set up and the small rifle primers will not seat into my spent Federal .223 brass. ... So far the Federal brass I have had issues with are Lake City and Fusion.

Being that you are having the same problem with LC brass I'll wager that the primers are indeed crimped in place. As far as I know, all LC brass is for the military and they require the crimped primer.

5.56 is loaded slightly hotter than .223. Crimping the primer prevents blowing them out.

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Folks,

Actually, federal brass is known for being too soft. I and many others have issues with federal brass. You might want to try federal primers and see if that will help. I avoid goldmatch federal brass for that very reason.

I do a fair amount of loading with 2 dillon super 1050's and a 550b as well as the old rock chucker. in 2009 I produced 88,000 rds loaded. So I do have a bit of experience with the different brass.

Bought 1,800 lbs of brass I will be picking up for reloading this month.


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coydog
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OK thanks all. I am still fairly new to reloading. I started since my better half got me an AR for my 40th. I dont want to shoot that steel crap through it like I do with my SK so I figured the best way to stock up and stay that way was to go with reloading.
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I go to the local ranges and my gun clubs and see what brass people leave laying around. Some times I get lucky and find a whole lot of .223. One time I found some 5.56! I just go and look for any brass that I shoot and bring it home.

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