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Thread: Primer pocket reaming tools

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    Boolit Master scattershot's Avatar
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    After trying different swage tools I ended up with an LE Wilson case trimmer and added the primer pocket reamers and I don't think you can find a better way to do it. Just my humble opinion.
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    This is an old electric motor with small drill chuck attached. Works great for cleaning primer pockets. Just a light touch to each one.

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    I have been using a RCBS case prep tool for over thirty years and changed the cutters after 23 years. The replacements were free from RCBS customer service.

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    And I believe that we're talking about at least three different tasks here. If I understand correctly, the OP wants to remove/ream primer pocket crimps, not necessarily uniform primer pockets. I'm not aware of any tool that does both. I use and recommend the Dillon Super Swage for this purpose. Reaming has been less than satisfactory for me, especially with the Lyman reamers. They dull very quickly; same with their primer pocket uniformers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by donovansn585 View Post
    I do not want to swage.
    Why not? I prefer to swage but I'm in no position to say definitively that swaging is best.

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    A little late; I have a Dillon Super Swage as well as the Hornady primer pocket reamers which are very nice tools. They're made from tool steel and are very sharp. It's impossible to cut too deeply because the end doesn't have cutting surfaces. They sell a complete kit with a handle and small/large cutters or you can buy just the cutters.
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    Primer crimps: I do a two step. First is a swagging operation with the RCBS swage tool. Second I use the Wilson reamer.

    Primer pocket uniformity.

    Sometimes but with a different tool. I believe my current set of tooling came from Lyman. The first tool came from Midway and it was hard to hold the adjustments

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    I have found the Burstfire tools quite satisfactory for cutting crimps out of reclaimed brass. I swapped out the RCBS cutters on my case prep center for the burstfire ones.
    The go/no-go gauges are handy as well.

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