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    I like to deprime before cleaning as well, and my Lee decapping die pretty much permanently resides in an old Lee press for this duty.
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    I forgot about all the guys that clean w/ SS pins. They remove the primers before cleaning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dragon813gt View Post
    I forgot about all the guys that clean w/ SS pins. They remove the primers before cleaning.
    Yep, that's the way to do it. First decap and then SS wet tumble.

    I've decapped countless thousands of cases with the Lee Universal Decaping die. A simple tool that works and works well....

    Only broke one pin in the last 5 years - my fault, as I didn't have the necked rifle round pushed all the way back into the shell holder. The pin missed the mouth, hit the angled case neck and broke. I called Lee to purchase a replacement, and they sent me three rods solely for the cost of shipping.

    Very good of Lee, indeed...

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    Quote Originally Posted by dragon813gt View Post
    I forgot about all the guys that clean w/ SS pins. They remove the primers before cleaning.
    That is correct you would not believe sometimes the build up of fouling under the primer. The pins does a nice job cleaning them. I threw away all my walnut shell that i used to use. pins are number one from now on.

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    I've used one for several years. Its stronger than the much nicer looking and weaker Sinclair that I received as a gift. I think mine came from Midway for something like $8.99 at the time.

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    I bought one a couple months ago, IIRC. I am quite happy with it. I use it in an extra press that I have to hold my RCBS powder measure & I use it to deprime before citrus bath & tumbling. Then I use the regular deprime & sizing die for the particular cartridge & that makes sure I get any of the media out of the primer flashhole & pocket. I don't have/use SS pins & the media getting in those places happens a lot. Works for me anyway.
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    What the other guys said.

    Bot a Lee universal decapping die years ago and it has given absolutely yeoman service. Never an issue with it. Frequently go to the extra step of starting with it so as to avoid broken decapping pins. It, for instance, decaps hard, crimped-in, military case primers with absolute ease.

    Side note: The Lee Universal Case Expanding Die is another extremely useful tool. Prefer to use it in the place of the regular neck-expanding dies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dragon813gt View Post
    I forgot about all the guys that clean w/ SS pins. They remove the primers before cleaning.
    That's me. I de-prime when I get home from the range. I use the cheapie Lee reloader press with the universal die as a permanent de-cap station. It's fast and easy. I even bought a second one to stick into my Hornady single stage for when I magage to mess up a primer seating and am too danged lazy to get over to the Lee press to poke it out For my money, it's one of Lee’s best products.

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    Years ago - The only time I had to replace the pin in the Lee Universal was when I tried to punch out a Berdan primer. Doesn't work with the Lee Universal decapper
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    Broke recapping pin on my 308 F/L resizing die on a Berdan case, and haven't taken the time to replace it, yet. So I use my universal recapping die for 308 until I replace the broken mandrel/decapper on my resizing die.

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    I have had one in a loadmaster die plate for a year or so , just for knocking the primers out of new to me brass , and it takes a beating . The last time I got a replacement decaping pin I ordered a 4 pack of the squirrel daddy pins but haven't got to them yet . The lee universal depriming die and prewashing my brass saves a lot of ware and tear on my sizing dies .

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    I have been using the Lee universal decapping die for a week now. I have used it on 9mm,45acp,and 38 Special and really like it.
    Might have to look into the Universal expanding die.

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    Couldn't find one in person at bass pro so I ordered it from amazon. Will be nice to have a turret setup just to deprime everything and stop getting the press stoppage when a dirty pocket prevents the primer from seating fully. Really only seen it on my 45 acp rounds, but occasionally the "base" of the primer gets knocked out and the ring gets stuck in the pocket. I've just been tossing them in the reject bin when i catch them.
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    After reading this I went out and bought one. I reload 5 different calibers and this makes it easier to decap several hundred rounds while watching Law and Order. Thanks for the tip.
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    So far 100 percent good comments and not even one bad comment. I am really happy with mine should have bought one a long time ago. And the price is really cheap for a great product.

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    Talk about fast..Set one up in a Hornady LNL AP and let her rip, I can blow thru a mountain of brass in no time. Still keep screwing up and putting the different size brass in the tumbler at the same time....40's and 9's are a PITA, as are 45's and 40's...you get my point..

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    I use one in a Lee hand press. I use the press upside down with a blank shell holder. This way I can sort my brass as it is de-primed without having to worry about which shell holder is in the press.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MyFlatline View Post
    Talk about fast..Set one up in a Hornady LNL AP and let her rip, I can blow thru a mountain of brass in no time. Still keep screwing up and putting the different size brass in the tumbler at the same time....40's and 9's are a PITA, as are 45's and 40's...you get my point..
    I ended up selling my 40's for this reason. Looking at some of the cheap police trade ins has got me thinking about another 40 though.

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    I have never found the 40 S&W attractive enough to go out and buy one. Some years ago a friend had one and wanted me to load some ammo for him. I refused to do it. Instead I asked him to buy a set of dies and come over to my home and I would let him reload his own ammo using my press and assistance to show him what to do.

    He bought a set of dies and came over and we ended up loading up about 500 rounds for him to use. He gave the dies to me in thanks and he ended up going out and buying a Dillon 550 and another set of Dillon dies and he has been making his own rounds ever since.

    I fired his Glock 23 a few times and I did not like it. The recoil is much snappier than the 9 MM's I have and although the .45 ACP has more recoil it is more of a push/shove recoil impulse and easier to control and put up with than the sharp recoil from the 40. Ergo I never bought a 40 but I kept the dies. The 40 has better terminal ballistics than the 9 MM but with the recent upgrade in bullet technology today the 9 MM is just as good as a 40 and almost to a .45 ACP.
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    Another sneaky trick for cleaning primer pockets is to use a nut pick (sort of shaped like a thin icepick, with the end slightly curved.) Use a mill bastard file on it to make the end just a little of a sharp chisel, deprime, then you can clean the primer pocket as suits. (You could go way too far as the pick is steel, just clean things up and that's fine.) Nice for working loads up at the range w/ portable reloading kit etc.; Clean primer pockets never made a round worse

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