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Old 07-09-2018, 11:18 AM
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I知 reloading about 300 rounds a week on a single stage loader. Time to upgrade to a progressive loader! I知 confused about case preparation. On the single stage, I brush out the neck, champer and bebur, clean and size the primer pocket and clean the flashhole. Am I wasting my time? I guess on a progressive loader, you don稚 do any of this? I知 mainly loading 38 special.
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Old 07-09-2018, 11:23 AM
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You likely have some really nice ammo after you go through all of that. I do not. I take the simple route - tumble my brass, make certain I get all the liter out of each case, load them in the LNL. I do like to set them on my bench and look down in them for any media that sticks in the primer pocket. I also inspect it at this time for cracks.

Rifle brass is a different animal.
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Old 07-09-2018, 11:34 AM
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Wow. You sure go through a lot of steps. I load .357, .40S&W, 9mm, and 45acp. Years ago I used to clean out all my primer pockets etc. It really ate up a lot of time. A few years ago I quit doing all that. I run my brass through a tumbler still primed and I'm ready to go. After thousands of rounds (literally) it seams to have made no difference at all. None. Others may have had a different experience but this is mine. If you're doing all of that AND loading 300 rounds a week on a single stage press you have a lot more patience than I do. I agree though that if you load 300 rounds a week you'd probably be happier with either a Turret press or a Progressive. I also average about 300 rounds a week. Every week. It wouldn't be so bad if I did a little bit each day but my method is to wait until the night before and then knock them all out. Gets a little boring. With my turret press (LEE) I average about 150 rounds an hour. If the new Lee Progressive wasn't so attractively price I'd stay with the Turret but for less than $110 shipped that new Lee Progressive looks awfully tempting. A cheap way to double my output.
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Old 07-09-2018, 11:47 AM
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Until I noted the note about .38 Spl. I thought you were loading rifle cartridges. Brush case necks?????? You chamfer on new/new to you cases, not every time. Size the primer pockets?????? Are you talking uniform or crimp removal? Resizing/depriming will take care of any stuff in the flash hole.

OK, I generally clean primer pockets every time. If I'm pressed for time and just loading for practice in the near future, I may skip that.

If you're reloading brass from an autoloader, you want to clean the brass to remove dirt, grit and other stuff that may damage your dies. Depriming before throwing the brass in the vibratory/tumbler case cleaner will at least give your primer pockets a once over. Going through the size/deprime die will clear the flash hole.

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Old 07-09-2018, 12:01 PM
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Rifle brass , I size, clean, trim, debur, clean primer pockets, etc.. before reloading.
Handgun brass gets cleaned then run thru the Dillon.

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Old 07-09-2018, 12:09 PM
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I go through thousands of all calibers of pistol brass. Been reloading and shooting since 1975. Clean them in the tumbler and run them through a Dillon RL550. I load match ammo that shoots tiny groups this way.
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Handgun ammo really needs little to zero case prep. If your revo ammo is hot the cases will stretch & you may need trimming but clean & chamfer anything, uh no, no in 100s of 1000s of rds. So in a word yes, you are wasting your time IMO.
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Old 07-09-2018, 12:24 PM
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I've been bored lately, the national forest has been closed to shooting for about 2 months due to dry conditions. I have been, sorting, cleaning and polishing my brass lately. I de-prime with a universal de-primer, soak in diluted lemon juice (removes tarnish) rinse, dry and tumble in walnut shells. Now I've been cleaning the primer pockets too. I never usually do this much to my brass, but I've been having a lot of down time.
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Old 07-09-2018, 02:56 PM
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Rifle brass , I size, clean, trim, debur, clean primer pockets, etc.. before reloading.
Handgun brass gets cleaned then run thru the Dillon.
Ditto on that.
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Old 07-09-2018, 05:11 PM
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That's way more effort than I put fro straight wall pistol. I just tumble with corncob media and some polish compound, through them in press' hopper, and start cranking them.
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